NCAA Tournament 2013: Odds of Every No. 1 Seed Winning Big
As we approach the 2013 NCAA tournament, the world is attempting to decide upon the breakdown of their respective brackets. The selection process begins and ends with four teams—the No. 1 seeds.
The question is what are the odds of every No. 1 seed winning big?
From major conference powers to the mid-major on the rise, the world has been divided in their evaluation of the elite. Fortunately for those in doubt, there is a source of aid in the process of filling out a bracket.
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No. 1 Louisville Cardinals, Midwest Region
W-L Record: 29-5, 14-4 Big East
Vegas Odds: 19/4
The Louisville Cardinals enter the NCAA tournament as the No. 1 overall seed. They will take on the Midwest Region and open up in their home state of Kentucky.
So what is the likelihood that the Cardinals win the national championship?
Louisville thrives on defense, which bodes well considering the infamous phrase goes, "Defense wins championship." They're allowing 58.0 points per game and have forced the second-most turnovers in the nation.
So what's not to like?
If Louisville is involved in a shootout, they could potentially taste defeat. They're shooting just 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and rely heavily upon Russ Smith—a 40.8 percent shooter from the floor.
With that being said, Vegas believes Louisville has the best chance at winning it all. Do you?
No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers, East Region
W-L Record: 27-6, 14-4 Big Ten
Vegas Odds: 5/1
The Indiana Hoosiers are one of the most popular choices to win the NCAA tournament across the nation. With two Wooden Award finalists in Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller on the roster, why wouldn't they?
According to Vegas, they have the second-best odds to win it all.
Should the Hoosiers secure their first title since 1987, they'll need to travel a difficult road. In fact, Indiana could face their first upset threat as early as the Round of 32.
North Carolina State, a team that was ranked No. 6 in the nation entering the season, has the talent to defeat any caliber opponent in one game.
Beyond the Wolfpack, the Hoosiers could be tasked with facing Big East power Syracuse in the Sweet 16. If not, the overly athletic UNLV Rebels could be a team to give IU a run for their money.
Indiana will be favored in every game leading up to the Final Four. In order to win the title, however, the Hoosiers will need to travel a difficult road.
Can they pull it off?
No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs, West Region
W-L Record: 31-2, 16-0 WCC
Vegas Odds: 10/1
If there is a No. 1 seed that is expected to exit early, it appears to be Gonzaga. After all, the Bulldogs are a mid-major team with a dismal strength of schedule and a questionable resume.
Just don't think that this team is to be taken lightly.
With that being said, the Zags will have a rough path to the NCAA championship. They could face Pittsburgh in the Round of 32, whom match up perfectly due to the presence of Steven Adams at center and quality guard play.
In the Sweet 16, it gets no easier with potential matchups against the likes of Kansas State, Wisconsin and Ole Miss. An Elite Eight showdown with a team of Ohio State's caliber could easily sink the Zags as well.
With that being said, Gonzaga appears to have the clearest path of any No .1. Can they pull it off and win the first national championship in school history?
No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks, South Region
W-L Record: 29-5, 14-4 Big 12
Vegas Odds: 10/1
The Kansas Jayhawks are led by a former national champion head coach in Bill Self. They're also one year removed from a season in which they made it to the 2012 NCAA tournament runner-up.
So what type of success will Kansas experience?
The Jayhawks have an unfavorable bracket, as they play high quality opponents as soon as the Round of 32. That includes a potential matchup with former head coach Roy Williams and the red-hot UNC Tar Heels.
The same team that made an improbable run to the ACC Conference tournament final.
Beyond them, the Jayhawks could be in line to face former No. 1 team in the nation Michigan or NCAA tournament bracket buster VCU. Neither of those games are favorable, especially not when Trey Burke is on the other end of the floor.
Not only is Kansas in position to miss out on an NCAA championship, but they could lose before their run gets started.