When thinking about the odds to win NCAA basketball in the men’s rankings one only has to look at the top five spots.
Here you’ll see these standard-bearers of days gone by such as the Kentucky Wildcats and the Purdue Boilermakers. When attempting to understand how the odds are made one needs only to look to Sin City, Las Vegas, Nevada.
There is a small organization that sets forth all the basic odds for every game or match that is played in the United States. This firm is mandated with the responsibility laying down the line or odds that is then taken by bookies and odds-makers throughout the world to do with what they will. These days the standard odds are posted every day and are changed up until game time.
There are many factors that go into odds-making such as the health of the players or player and the home-field advantage.In looking at the current odds to win the NCAA basketball tournamant this year, the Purdue Boilermakers stand head and shoulders above the rest and for a variety of reasons.
As a long time Top 25 occupant, the Purdue Boilermakers are now poised to take the tournament, starting with the Big Ten and then on to the Final Four.
As of the date of this posting, February 24, 2010, the University of Purdue Boilermakers are currently on a 13 game winning streak with a big game tonight against the University of Minnesota. With a win tonight coupled with a Michigan State loss the Boilermakers will have taken a huge turn it title hopes for the first time in a dozen years.
The odds-on favorite to win the 2010 trophy this year are the Purdue Boilermakers but you will hear some cattle calls and some frantic Hell No’s from most of the other teams in the top 25. This is understandable as there are some really great teams this year including Michigan State and the Kentucky Wildcats with their new coach John Calipari.
As with any odds line up favorite upsets and basic wins and losses can happen at any point in time. This is why odds are created in the first place. The Odds makers also give insight into the game for those that are less-equipped to track each and every team on a day-to-day basis. The University of Kentucky Wildcats are a great team with a long-standing winning tradition and cannot be counted out during this year’s tournament.
Once more when looking at the odds to win NCAA basketball this year we have to take in consideration the health and the mindset of the players. Too many times a team that is on a roll such as the Boilermakers currently will go into a game during the tournament a little flat and this is all that it takes for any upset-minded Cinderella team such as Baylor or Kansas State.
This is why it’s important to take the odds makers with a grain of salt and recall that on any given Saturday a team can be beat by any other team.