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2018 NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16 odds and point spreads

There are a lot of familiar faces on this list.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round-Auburn vs Clemson


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At the end of a rambunctious first week, there’s still a chalk favorite entire half of the bracket remaining, as well as some familiar faces elsewhere — looking at you, Duke and Villanova.

The undisputed winner of the weekend has to be Kentucky, though. This 5-seed went into the tourney on a 7-1 tear, ripped through the SEC Championship, and has seen the 1, 2, 3, and 6 seeds evaporate from its region. The other beneficiary, on paper at least, has been Duke. Though I’m still not sure why. Kansas is a weak No. 1, but Clemson is a really tough out.

There are a couple of regional dark horses to keep an eye out for, notably FSU: The long, athletic, uptempo ‘Noles are destroying people. The nation’s No. 8 offense (Nevada) may be worth keeping your eye on too. I’d like Clemson (8/1) a lot better if they weren’t in the same region as Duke and Kansas.

From Bovada:

2018 NCAA Championship - Odds to Win

Duke 13/4

Villanova 9/2

Gonzaga 7/1

Kentucky 7/1

Michigan 8/1

Kansas 17/2

Purdue 16/1

West Virginia 16/1

Texas Tech 22/1

Clemson 25/1

Nevada 25/1

Texas A&M 25/1

Kansas State 28/1

Florida State 40/1

Loyola Chicago 50/1

Syracuse 66/1

Regional Odds

Odds to win the Midwest Region

Duke 2/3

Kansas 2/1

Clemson 8/1

Syracuse 18/1

Odds to win the West Region

Gonzaga 7/5

Michigan 7/4

Texas A&M 4/1

Florida State 8/1

Odds to win the South Region

Kentucky 5/6

Nevada 7/2

Kansas State 9/2

Loyola Chicago 11/2

Odds to Win the East Region

Villanova 1/1

West Virginia 15/4

Purdue 4/1

Texas Tech 9/2

Sweet 16 Lines

Loyola Chicago +2½

Nevada -2½

Texas A&M +3

Michigan -3

Kansas State +6

Kentucky -6

Florida State +5½

Gonzaga -5½

Clemson +4

Kansas -4

West Virginia +5½

Villanova -5½

Syracuse +11½

Duke -11½

Texas Tech +1½

Purdue -1½