After the field of 68 was announced on Selection Sunday, oddsmakers got to work and provided a list of each team's chances to win the coveted national title.
Some teams were seeded differently than originally expected, which makes them great value picks against the odds to go the distance. Knowing the odds before filling out your NCAA tournament bracket is a big ingredient in the recipe for success.
Let's take a look at the full list of odds for every team to ensure that your recipe for success is a delicious one.
Complete Tournament Odds
|4||San Diego St.||40-1|
|12||North Carolina St.||N/A|
|12||North Dakota St.||N/A|
|12||Stephen F. Austin||N/A|
|13||New Mexico St.||N/A|
|16||Mt. St. Mary’s||100-1|
|N/A||Field (Any Other Team)||30/1|
Best Value Picks to Win it All
Louisville Cardinals: 18-1 Odds
Louisville has been one of the nation's hottest teams in March. After losing to No. 21 Memphis on March 1, the Cardinals went on a dominant five-game winning streak. Over that span, they won three games against ranked opponents, culminating with a 71-61 victory over UConn in the AAC tournament final.
After Louisville took the AAC title, head coach Rick Pitino praised his team for their work this year during a press conference with the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:
But I'm very impressed with our guys. What they've done to win a regular season, conference tournament the way we have done it, in the fashion we have done it fits the eye test. I can't talk about the strength of the league. If you want to blame anybody, blame football. Don't blame us.
Louisville was eventually given the No. 4 seed in the Midwest region. Despite a heavy amount of competition, the only other team in the region is untested Wichita State. Should the Cardinals run the table in the Midwest and move on to the Final Four, they will have a huge head of steam entering the waning days of the tournament.
Iowa State Cyclones: 45-1 Odds
The Cyclones offense has been unstoppable lately. This team has played high-octane offenses such as Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Kansas and Baylor in its last four games. Iowa State emerged victorious on each occasion.
ISU has 12 victories over NCAA Tournament teams (Iowa, KSU-2, OSU-2, KU, BYU, Mich., BU-2, UT, OU). #Cyclones— Cyclone Basketball (@CycloneMBB) March 16, 2014
After taking the Big 12 title by defeating Baylor 74-65, Iowa State's DeAndre Kane described his team's camaraderie during a press conference with the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:
"We play with each other. We fight with each other. We're brothers on the court. Even when we get down we trust one another. We keep fighting and we find a way."
Kane and Co. will get a good chance to find a way in the East Region of the NCAA tournament.
The Cyclones will have great chances to move ahead, as they are likely to face the faltering North Carolina Tar Heels and Villanova Wildcats.
Should they get through, they will have a difficult test against either Virginia or Michigan State to advance to the Final Four. As long as the Cyclones offense keeps lighting up scoreboards, they will be a tough competitor through the duration of the tournament.
Florida Gators: 11-2 Odds
Yes, the top-ranked team of the tournament is still one of the best bets heading in to March Madness. Even though they don't have big-money odds, this team is on fire and probably has the best chance to win it all this year.
The Gators went an improbable 18-0 in SEC play over the regular season and capped it off with a dazzling run through the conference's tournament.
Boasting the nation's third-ranked defense, the Gators will be a formidable opponent for any team they face in the NCAA tournament. What makes this team special is that their defense feeds their offense, as they have the ability to make great plays in transition.
Florida doesn't have an incredibly tough path to the Final Four. No. 2 Kansas has been severely struggling without Joel Embiid in the lineup. No. 3 Syracuse continues to struggle as well, riding a late-season losing streak and losing early to N.C. State in the ACC tournament.
If Florida gets to the Final Four, it can rely on its stout defense and ability to transition turnovers into points. The Gators have a knack of putting opponents in the hole early and forcing them to take uncomfortable shots. This strategy is perfect for late-tournament play.