South Region Odds
After an embarrassing showing in last year’s NCAA Tournament, will Virginia bounce back this season and win the South Region of March Madness?
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Virginia is favored to win this region, as the Cavaliers are getting odds of +135 to win. Other short odds to win are Tennessee (+300), Purdue (+500) and Villanova (+750).
Virginia is the top seed in this region. The Cavaliers come into the NCAA Tournament with a 29-3 overall record and a 16-2 mark in the ACC. UVA won the ACC regular-season title alongside North Carolina, but lost to Florida State in the tournament semifinal. Virginia was the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed in last year’s tournament. It is now looking to reach its third Final Four in program history. Their last appearance came in 1984.
Tennessee is the second seed in this region. The Volunteers went 29-5 during the season while posting a 15-3 record in the SEC. The Vols finished second in the SEC during the regular season while finishing runner-up in the SEC Tournament. Tennessee has never reached the Final Four in program history. Their best finish was the Elite Eight in 2010.
Purdue is the third seed in this region. The Boilermakers won a share of the Big Ten regular season title by going 16-4 in conference play with a 23-9 overall record. Purdue lost in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament to Purdue. As a program, Purdue has reached the Final Four two times, last doing so in 1980.
Villanova is the defending national champion and the Wildcats are the sixth seed in the region this year. Nova went 25-9 during the regular season with a 13-5 record in the Big East. Villanova was the regular season champion in the conference and the Cats followed that up with a tournament title as well. The Wildcats have reached the Final Four six times in program history and seeking to reach that mark for the third time in four years.