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Ohio State Buckeyes Favorite to win NCAA Championship Even With Horrible Draw

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Mar/15/2011
Ohio State Buckeyes

Despite getting what Las Vegas oddsmakers are calling one of the worst draws in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the Ohio State Buckeyes are still favored to win the championship both in Vegas and online.

Las Vegas Hilton sports book executive director Jay Kornegay said the Buckeyes are 7-2 favorite to win NCAA title, even with the bad hand they were dealt. 

“Actually, Pitt and Ohio State should be switching spots," Kornegay said. "Ohio State should be No. 1 in the easier Southeast, and Pitt in the East. It's unusual for the overall No. 1 to have to deal with that kind of competition.''

Online at Sportsbook.com, Ohio State is listed at +350 (American odds), paying $35 for every $10 bet or $350 for every $100 bet with a win.  That number translates to the same odds being offered up at the Hilton.

The concerns oddsmakers have with the Buckeyes is that the NCAA placed them in the toughest division. 

"There's four legit national champion contenders in the same bracket," said Mike Colbert, who runs books at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, M Resort, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Tropicana. "Ohio State, North Carolina, Syracuse and Kentucky. It's a loaded bracket. It doesn't make any sense."

Here are all the odds to win the 2011 NCAA Championship as of Tuesday at Sportsbook.com.

Arizona +6000

BYU +5000 – pays $5000 for every $100 bet.  Place your bet here

Belmont +50000

Butler +20000

Cincinnati +20000

Clemson +100000

Connecticut +3500 – pays $3500 for every $100 bet.  Place your bet here

Duke +450 – pays $450 for every $100 bet.  Place your bet here

Field (Any Other Team Not Mentioned Here) +7500

Florida +1800 – pays $1800 for every $100 bet.  Place your bet here

Florida St +30000

George Mason +20000

Georgetown +6000 – pays $6000 for every $100 bet.  Place your bet here

Georgia +30000

Gonzaga +10000

Illinois +2000

Kansas +450 – pays $450 for every $100 bet.  Place your bet here

Kansas St +3500

Kentucky +2500

Louisville +2000

Marquette +20000

Memphis +10000

Michigan +20000

Michigan St +10000

Missouri +10000

North Carolina +1500 – pays $1500 for every $100 bet.  Place your bet here

Notre Dame +2500 – pays $2500 for every $100 bet.  Place your bet here

Oakland +100000

Ohio St +350 – pays $350 for every $100 bet.  Place your bet here

Old Dominion +20000

Pittsburgh +800

Purdue +2000

Richmond +50000

San Diego St +1000

St Johns +15000

Syracuse +2500

Temple +2000

Tennessee +20000

Texas +2000 – pays $2000 for every $100 bet.  Place your bet here

Texas A&M +20000

UCLA +7500

UNLV +20000

USC +50000

Utah St +20000

Vanderbilt +15000

Villanova +10000

Washington +4000

West Virginia +10000

Wisconsin +5000

Xavier +10000

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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