We’re ready for the UCLA revenge tour after the Bruins made an improbable run to the Final Four last year, nearly booking a spot in the Championship. With a significant number of returners from last season, we can’t help but like their value at the fourth-best odds.
Ok, ok. We know this isn’t the smartest bet. But sometimes the tourney makes no logical sense. Ok fine, and also USC’s biggest superfan is writing this article… and she might have bet big on the Trojans to win the tourney. You can will something into existence… right? Please make me look good, Isaiah Mobley.
So this region is probably the most competitive of them all. The top 3 seeds are all coming off conference titles – while no other region has more than one. But we’re eyeing an Arizona squad featuring four playmakers averaging double-digits (ppg) to punch their ticket to the Final Four, especially with these odds.
This isn’t the sexiest pick, as Gonzaga is the heavy favorite as the repeat No. 1 overall seed, but it is the smart one (offsetting USC a bit). The road to the regional crown won’t be without its challenges though, as the Bulldogs could run into the Coach K farewell tour in the Elite Eight.