Is it March yet? Not quite, but it's time to take a look at the latest March Madness odds.
The latest: The best tournament in sports is on the horizon, and right now the reigning champion UConn Huskies are favoured to win. Teams like Purdue and Houston trailing closely behind, while the Creighton Bluejays are a nice value play.
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The favourites: Connecticut Huskies (+500)
Adama Sanogo's departure to the pro ranks was a big loss, but UConn hasn't really skipped a beat as it vies for a title defence this year.
UConn is 15-1 since Christmas and 25-3 overall. Playing in the highly reputable Big East, the Huskies are routinely facing tournament-calibre competition and coming out on top.
And even without Sanogo, the Huskies are handling business around the rim just fine. Led by 7-foot-2 sophomore Donovan Clingan, UConn ranks fifth in 2-point field goal percentage (58.9%) and seventh in 2-pt FG% allowed (44.0%), per KenPom.com.
Last season, the Huskies won each of their NCAA tournament games by double-digit points, taking the "madness" out of March Madness.
Another drama-free run wouldn't be likely, but UConn definitely has what it takes to go the distance.
Other March Madness choices
Best value: Creighton Bluejays (+3,400)
Setting aside any accusations of Big East bias, Creighton is a really interesting team at 34-to-1.
The Bluejays are the only team to beat frontrunner UConn since Dec. 20, and they did so just last week in a 19-point blowout.
Creighton is oozing with experience and length. The team ranks eighth in average Division I experience (3.13 years) and 17th in average height (6-foot-5).
Greg McDermott's squad advanced to the Elite Eight last year. Three of that team's starters are back and hungry for more.
March Madness notes
- Houston moved into the No. 1 spot in the AP poll this week after top-notch wins over Iowa State and Baylor. The Cougars' three losses this year all came in true road games, and two were against teams that now rank in the top 10 (Iowa State, Kansas).
- Saint Mary's usually plays second fiddle to Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference, but the Gaels might be the WCC's top squad this year. Entering Feb. 27, the Gaels own the country's longest win streak (15 games).
- In the ultra long shot tier, Kansas State is an interesting team to watch. The Wildcats are currently among the "next four out" on Joe Lunardi's bracketology projections at ESPN. They've got a daunting trio of games to finish the regular season — at Cincinnati, at Kansas, vs. Iowa State — but could play their way into a better position before Selection Sunday.