If you were looking for a Cinderella run during the NCAA Tournament, it appears to have come from the South region as the No. 15 seed Oral Roberts Golden Eagles took down the Ohio State Buckeyes and Florida Gators the last few days to advance to the Sweet 16. Meanwhile, Baylor Bears looked every bit a title contender in the second round, the Arkansas Razorbacks continued to impress under head coach Eric Musselman and the Villanova Wildcats did what they needed to do against a pair of double-digit seeds.
Let’s take a look at the odds of some of its top contenders at DraftKings Sportsbook as we enter the second round of March Madness.
No. 1 Baylor -250
The Bears have the best odds to advance out of the region to the Final Four and for good reason. There was some skepticism regarding how Baylor has looked since a COVID-19 pause in February, but they proved they’re going to be a tough out for any team after how well they played in a win over the Wisconsin Badgers in a 76-63 win on Sunday. Their toughest test will likely be the Arkansas Razorbacks.
No. 3 Arkansas +225
Arkansas comes in with the second best chance to advance to college basketball’s final weekend. They survived a big first half deficit against the Colgate Raiders, then survived a late run from the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the second round. Arkansas received a favorable draw in their Sweet 16 matchup with the No. 15 seed, which is likely helping their odds here.
No. 5 Villanova +400
Villanova took down the No. 12 seed Winthrop Eagles and blew out the No. 13 seed North Texas Mean Green on Sunday. The Wildcats lost three of their last four coming into the NCAA Tournament including two straight losses, but they’ve advanced without potentially their best player Collin Gillespie. Their toughest test by far this tournament will be their next game against Baylor.
No. 15 Oral Roberts +3000
It very likely won’t continue past the Sweet 16, but Oral Roberts is the team the country is likely going to be talking about as the underdog story of this NCAA Tournament. They came out and beat the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes and followed it up with a win over the seventh seed Florida Gators to move on. Oral Roberts has a good offense and plays at a fast pace, so weird things can happen in a one-game scenario.
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