Oddsmakers: Arizona Wildcats among favorites to win national championship

Posted at 6:24 PM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 21:25:57-04

After opening the NCAA Tournament with 12-1 odds of winning the national championship, the Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team now find itself among the favorites to cut down the nets in Glendale.

After advancing to the Sweet 16 with Saturday's win over St. Mary's, the No. 2 seed Wildcats now have 6-1 odds to win the national championship, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Only North Carolina and Kansas (4-1) are given better odds to win it all.

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Arizona's odds of winning the championship are the same as those of Gonzaga, the top seed in the Wildcats' region. If Arizona beats Xavier and Gonzaga beats West Virginia on Thursday, the Wildcats and Bulldogs will meet Saturday for the right to go to the Final Four at University of Phoenix Stadium the following week.

Speaking of Xavier: The 11th-seeded Muskeeters now have the longest odds of winning the championship at 100-1. 

As for the other two Pac-12 teams to advance to the Sweet 16: UCLA is 7-1 to win it all, while Oregon is 20-1.