Top-seed Oregon trails favorites on March Madness betting lines


( — The Oregon Ducks were successful in their bid for an NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed, rising to the top of the West Region bracket after hammering the Utah Utes by an 88-57 score in the Pac-12 tournament title game on the weekend.

However, Oregon’s current eight-game straight-up win streak was not enough to lift their odds to win the NCAA Tournament, which lag at 18/1 at sportsbooks monitored by

The Ducks has been one of the surprise stories of the college basketball season, amassing a 28-6 overall record after being pegged as a 100/1 national championship longshot bet in the preseason, but have been a middling wager of late, going 5-5 against the spread in their past 10 games.

Oregon will also have their hands full this month in an NCAA Tournament bracket that features the defending champion Duke Blue Devils, Oklahoma Sooners, and dark horse Texas A&M Aggies.

Duke struggled down the stretch, posting SU losses in three of their past five games, while going winless ATS. But with a spectacular 17-4 SU record over their past 21 March Madness contests, the Blue Devils cannot be taken lightly as a 22/1 bet to repeat as champions.

The Sooners have cooled off since opening on a 19-2 SU tear and briefly climbing to the top of the AP Top 25, losing five of 11 down the stretch, including a 69-67 loss to West Virginia in their Big 12 tournament semifinal matchup. That relegated them to the No. 2 seed in the West, and deflated their March Madness odds to 14/1 at the sportsbooks.

The four-seed Aggies suffered a heartbreaking 82-77 loss to Kentucky in the SEC Tournament championship game, but were impressive while winning their previous eight, including a 79-77 regular-season win over the Wildcats, and have seen their odds to win the NCAA Tournament rocket from 66/1 to 33/1.

The Kansas Jayhawks continue to lead the way at the sportsbooks as 13/2 title favorites. The Jayhawks have won 14 straight SU, 11-3 ATS, and have been rewarded with the No. 1 seed in the South Region.

The North Carolina Tar Heels followed up an ACC regular-season title win with their first ACC Tournament championship in eight years and enter the Big Dance as the East Region’s top seed and a strong 7/1 bet on the college basketball futures.

The surging Michigan State Spartans were forced to settle for the two-seed in the Midwest Region, but join Kansas and North Carolina at the front of the pack with strong 15/2 odds to win the tournament, well ahead of the Virginia Cavaliers at 11/1, and Kentucky at 13/1.