2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

NCAA Tournament 2014 Bracket: Updated Odds and Final Four Predictions

Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) holds up a piece of the net after the Gators became the first team in Southeastern Conference history to go 18-0 in league pla, Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Gainesville, Fla.    Florida defeated Kentucky 84-65 Saturday in an NCAA college basketball game. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 18, 2014

March Madness is underway, and brackets are being filled out in a frenzy. As we know, anything can happen during the NCAA tournament; however, knowing the odds and paths each team must take to get to the championship are crucial keys for a bracket's success.

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As each team gears up for tournament action, let's take a look at the latest odds for each team to come away with the coveted title of national champion. We'll also take a look at all four regions and predict which team will represent each in the Final Four.

 

Updated Tournament Odds

2014 NCAA Tournament Odds
TeamOdds
Florida5/1
Michigan State 11/2
Arizona8/1
Louisville 8/1
Kansas 10/1
Wichita State 15/1
Syracuse18/1
Duke 18/1
Virginia18/1
Wisconsin20/1
Michigan30/1
Creighton 35/1
Villanova35/1
Iowa State 40/1
UCLA 45/1
North Carolina 50/1
Kentucky 50/1
Oklahoma State 60/1
San Diego State65/1
Ohio State 65/1
Oklahoma 75/1
Baylor75/1
UConn 80/1
VCU90/1
Cincinnati90/1
Pittsburgh95/1
Oregon100/1
Tennessee 115/1
New Mexico 115/1
UMass 125/1
Iowa125/1
Memphis 125/1
Gonzaga 125/1
Texas 125/1
Saint Louis 125/1
Providence225/1
Stanford225/1
Kansas State300/1
St Joseph's 350/1
Nebraska450/1
Dayton 500/1
BYU500/1
Colorado500/1
Xavier500/1
Arizona State 500/1
George Washington500/1
N.C. State900/1
Harvard 1000/1
North Dakota State1000/1
Field (Any Other Team)100/1
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Odds current as of Tuesday, March 18 at 4 p.m. EDT.

 

Final Four Predictions

South Region: Florida Gators

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 16:  Scottie Wilbekin #5 and Casey Prather #24 of the Florida Gators celebrate their 61 to 60 win over the Kentucky Wildcats in the Championship game of the 2014 Men's SEC Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 16, 2014 in Atla
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There's simply no hotter team entering the 2014 NCAA tournament than the Florida Gators. Not only did the Gators run the table in the SEC in the regular season and go on to win the conference tournament, but they are riding an improbable 26-game winning streak too.

Florida may have one of the easiest paths to the Final Four as well.

Both No. 2 Kansas and No. 3 Syracuse are coming off some disappointing losses and haven't been playing solid basketball of late. No. 4 UCLA has looked good lately, defeating Arizona in the Pac-12 finals; however, the team's 12th-ranked offense could find it difficult to put up points on Florida's stout defense.

 

West Region: Baylor Bears

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 13:  Isaiah Austin #21 of the Baylor Bears reacts after shooting a three-pointer during the Big 12 Basketball Tournament quarterfinal game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Sprint Center on March 13, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (
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The West may be the most difficult region to predict this year. The competition is stiff and the region's top teams have all struggled of late.

What makes the Bears the pick here is the fact that they have really jelled as a team lately and look very well-rounded entering the tournament. Before Baylor's loss to Iowa State in the Big 12 tournament, the team was riding an impressive six-game winning streak.

The Bears have been able to hang with difficult teams and flourish in the face of adversity, winning many close contests. After the tournament win against Texas, head coach Scott Drew praised his team's chemistry during a press conference with the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:

"We stayed united. We knew what we had to get better at, and credit them for getting better each and every day."

Baylor looks to be the deepest and most complete team in the West. With No. 1 Arizona, No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 3 Creighton struggling lately, the Bears have a great chance to represent the West in the Final Four.

 

East Region: Virginia Cavaliers

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 16:  Akil Mitchell #25 of the Virginia Cavaliers reacts during the final minutes of their victory over the Duke Blue Devils in the finals of the 2014 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 16, 2014 in Greens
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Virginia has been very impressive this season. The Cavaliers have won 16 of their last 17 games, with their only loss coming in overtime against Maryland. After handling Duke in the ACC finals by a score of 72-63, head coach Tony Bennett explained his team's recipe for success during a press conference with the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:

"We kept talking about it—don't get sped up, make them guard you, and make them earn on the other end. We had to earn this against that kind of team and that kind of program."

The team stuck to its guns and emerged victorious in decisive fashion.

With No. 2 Villanova struggling lately, the Cavaliers' toughest competition should come from No. 3 Iowa State and No. 4 Michigan State. Each of these teams rely heavily on offense, however, and will find it tough to penetrate Virginia's top-ranked defensive unit.

 

Midwest Region: Michigan Wolverines

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 16:  Derrick Walton Jr. #10 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts against the Michigan State Spartans during the 2014 Big Ten Men's Championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 16, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Ly
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Late in the regular season and early in the Big Ten tournament, Michigan looked like one of the nation's deepest and most complete teams. With a solid defense which feeds its offense in transition, Michigan went on a seven-game winning streak.

During that stretch, the Wolverines defeated the same Michigan State team that beat them in the conference tournament. They also pulled out a close win against Ohio State in the Big Ten semifinals.

The Midwest is full of questions. No. 1 Wichita State is the nation's only unbeaten team, but it has yet to be truly tested. No. 3 Duke has been on a nice tear as well lately, but they struggled against Virginia's defense and only shot 38.1 percent from the field.

No. 4 Louisville is a hot team entering the tournament. They won the AAC tournament in a decisive manner. Yet the Cardinals have struggled against ranked teams this season, losing to North Carolina, Kentucky, Memphis (twice) and Cincinnati.

This region will certainly be a tight one, but the Wolverines have all the tolls necessary to gain passage into the Final Four.

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