NCAA Tournament Odds: Best Value Picks to Win the Title in 2014

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 17, 2014

Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell celebrates after scoring against Connecticut during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the American Athletic Conference men's tournament Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Louisville won 71-61. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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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.

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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

2014 NCAA Tournament Odds
1Wichita St.8-1
3Iowa St.45-1
4Michigan St.10-1
4San Diego St.40-1
5Saint Louis90-1
6North Carolina40-1
6Ohio St.55-1
7New Mexico75-1
9Kansas St.300-1
9George WashingtonN/A
9Oklahoma St.45-1
10Saint Joseph’sN/A
10Arizona St.N/A
12North Carolina St.N/A
12North Dakota St.N/A
12Stephen F. AustinN/A
13New Mexico St.N/A
14Western Mich.N/A
14N.C. CentralN/A
15Eastern Ky.N/A
16Coastal CarolinaN/A
16Weber St.N/A
16Mt. St. Mary’s100-1
16Texas SouthernN/A
16Cal PolyN/A
N/AField (Any Other Team)30/1
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Best Value Picks to Win it All

Louisville Cardinals: 18-1 Odds

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 15: Russ Smith #2 of the Louisville Cardinals drives to the basket for a layup against the Connecticut Huskies during the Championship of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at FedExForum on March 15, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee
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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

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

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 15: Dustin Hogue #22 of the Iowa State Cyclones dunks against the Baylor Bears during the 2014 Big 12 Men's Championship at the Sprint Center on March 15, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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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.

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

"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

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 16:  Patric Young #4 of the Florida Gators dunks against the Kentucky Wildcats in the seond half during the Championship game of the 2014 Men's SEC Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 16, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by
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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.


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