2023 March Madness Betting: Alabama, Houston Clear Championship Favorites Heading Into Sweet Sixteen

It’s been a topsy-turvy start to March Madness, as high seeds have been taken out by Cinderellas in regularity.

However, the oddsmakers still have fervent belief that one of the two remaining No. 1 seeds is most likely to hoist the national championship trophy.

The Alabama Crimson Tide knocked off No. 16 Texas A&M-CC and No. 8 Maryland with ease in the opening weekend, and has +330 odds to win the title, per FanDuel on March 23.

The Houston Cougars defeated No. 16 seed Northern Kentucky and No. 9 Auburn, both also by double-digits, and have +410 odds to cut down the nets at the end of March Madness.

Princeton has been the darling of the tournament by defeating No. 2 Arizona and No. 7 Missouri to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. It is the biggest longshot in the field with +15000 odds to win the championship, although an upset of No. 6 Creighton in the next round would certainly make things interesting.

Here is a full look at the NCAA men’s basketball futures odds to win the title:

  • Alabama +330
  • Houston +410
  • Connecticut +850
  • UCLA +850
  • Creighton +950
  • Texas +1000
  • Gonzaga +1100
  • Tennessee +1100
  • Michigan State +2500
  • Kansas State +3000
  • San Diego State +4000
  • Arkansas +4000
  • Xavier +4200
  • Miami +5000
  • Florida Atlantic +5000
  • Princeton +15000
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Creighton is the biggest favorite in the Sweet Sixteen, followed by Alabama and Houston. Interestingly, No. 7 seed Michigan State is favored to beat No. 3 Kansas State.

Here are the spreads for each game:

  • No. 7 Michigan State (-1.5) vs. No. 3 Kansas State
  • No. 4 Connecticut (-4.5) vs. No. 8 Arkansas
  • No. 4 Tennessee (-4.5) vs. No.9 Florida Atlantic
  • No. 2 UCLA (-1.5) vs. No. 3 Gonzaga
  • No. 1 Alabama (-7.5) vs. No. 5 San Diego State
  • No. 1 Houston (-7.5) vs. No. 5 Miami
  • No. 6 Creighton (-9.5) vs. No. 15 Princeton
  • No. 2 Texas (-4.5) vs. No. 3 Xavier
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