Texas A&M trails favorites on updated NCAA Tournament odds


The Texas A&M Aggies carved themselves a place in college basketball history with a record-setting comeback on Sunday, earning a Sweet Sixteen berth with a thrilling 92-88 double overtime victory over the Northern Iowa Panthers.

However, the Aggies’ heroics have done little to lift their national championship odds, which continue to lag at 20/1 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Aggies, seeded third in the West Region, will have another opportunity to convince the oddsmakers on Thursday, when they take on No. 2 Oklahoma as 2-point underdogs in their Sweet Sixteen matchup.

Texas A&M rides an impressive 10-2 straight up run into Thursday night’s Aggies vs. Sooners betting matchup at Honda Center, and faces an Oklahoma squad that has dropped seven straight against the spread but remains among the March Madness betting favorites with strong 15/2 odds.

Not surprisingly, the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks continue to lead the way on the national championship odds, perched as 7/2 chalk at the sportsbooks.

The Jayhawks were dominant in South Region action on the first weekend of the Big Dance, bouncing No. 16 Austin Peay in the first round before disposing of No. 9 Connecticut in their second-round matchup, outscoring their opponents by a combined 38 points.

That extended their current SU win streak to 16 games, 13-3 ATS, according to the OddsShark College Basketball Database.

The North Carolina Tar Heels, top seeds in the East and winners of seven straight SU, closely follow the Jayhawks, but face a huge challenge in their Sweet Sixteen matchup with No. 5 Indiana, who join the Aggies at 20/1 on the odds to win the NCAA Tournament.

Top seeds in the Midwest, the Virginia Cavaliers have seen their March Madness odds get a boost following No. 2 Michigan State’s shocking opening-round loss, climbing from 12/1 to a competitive 23/4, but must first get past No. 4 Iowa State, who enter the Sweet Sixteen gunning for a third straight win over the Cavaliers but sport long 28/1 championship odds.

The Oregon Ducks, who sit atop the West Region bracket, join the South’s No. 2-seeded Villanova Wildcats as the best of the rest on the latest college basketball futures, pegged at 12/1, ahead of the defending-champion Duke Blue Devils, who sport 18/1 odds ahead of their Sweet Sixteen date with Oregon.

A trio of squads join the Cyclones at 28/1, including the Miami Hurricanes, Gonzaga Bulldogs, and Maryland Terrapins, while the Syracuse Orange sit alongside the Wisconsin Badgers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish as 33/1 longshots to win the title.