Every Monday of the college basketball season, the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today (Coaches Poll) release a list of the best 25 teams in America according to their voters. It’s not a perfect system, but it serves a purpose of seeding when the NCAA Tournament comes around and gives the average fan on the street a fair idea of how well the better teams in America are playing.
As I’ve written before, if you really want to know which teams are better than the others, look no further than Las Vegas.
Poll voters and media types can pick which teams they feel are playing the best at the time they are voting, but Vegas puts something on the line.
Take a team like St. Mary's. The Coaches Poll reads that St. Mary's is the 23rd best team in America. According to oddsmakers at Scores and Odds, the Gaels are the 40th choice giving back 300-1 to win the NCAA tournament.
For some teams, according to Vegas, the polls are right on. But for others, such as a few schools in North Carolina, not so much.
Here are the teams Las Vegas has determined to be the best in America by their odds to win the NCAA tournament.