Duke is the last #1 Seed Remaining in March Madness Odds

February 19th, 2018 NCAA Basketball

March Madness odds indicated that only one #1 seed remains in the NCAA Tournament. Duke survived against Baylor in the Elite Eight and advanced to the Final Four.

They are favored against West Virginia in March Madness betting in the Final Four teams.

March Madness odds on Duke oftentimes have the Blue Devils favored because of their marquee name.  That is the case on Saturday as they are three-point favorites in March Madness odds against West Virginia.  It will be the 11th Final Four appearance for Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.  This is the first time since 2004 that Duke will have made it past the Sweet 16. “You guys know we’ve been through it,” said Duke’s Lance Thomas, “Lose in the first round, win one game, win two games the next year. We’ve been through everything.”

Duke was able to beat Baylor in March Madness odds even though one of their best players, Kyle Singler didn’t make a shot. “I don’t know,” Singler said, “It’s not something I really want to talk about because [the win] is so great.”  His coach was the first one to come to his defense. “I think Kyle’s a great player, and he’s not always going to play great,” Krzyzewski said. “You can’t give knee-jerk reactions when a kid just doesn’t perform at a top level. He’s trying to fight through it and a lot of us, most of us, if we were trying to guard Dunn, it would take away from our offense. There’s no question about it.”

This is not the best Duke team ever but in this year’s Final Four they don’t have to be.  They just need to do enough to win in March Madness betting.  Duke has not had the easiest path as some people predicted. Duke actually had to get past No. 8 California, No. 4 Purdue and No. 3 Baylor.  Michigan State didn’t really play anyone except Maryland as they made the Final Four.

Duke is the overall favorite to win the title in March Madness odds.  They are favored to win against West Virginia and then against the winner of the Baylor-Michigan State game. “We’ve worked really hard, this group, and I think we’ve come a long way since our freshman year,” Duke’s Jon Scheyer said. “And to be in a position in the Final Four and contend for a national championship, it means a lot. I don’t know if it’s fully hit me. I’m sure after the year I’ll have a better appreciation. But right now I’m just ecstatic and just really happy to share with all my teammates.”

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