Memorable upsets in the NCAA Tournament
The 2019 NCAA Tournament starts on Tuesday with the NCAA’s First Four matchups in Dayton, Ohio. William Hill, the world-renowned betting service has released their odds on favorites to win the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
To nobody’s surprise, the favorite to win it all is Duke at 2-to-1 odds, followed up by Virginia and Gonzaga, both sitting at 6-to-1 odds.
The ninth-seeded Washington Huskies are among the large group long shots. UW is given 500-to-1 odds to win it all. Their first-round opponent, Utah State, are given better odds at 250-to-1.
In the 8 vs. 9 matchup in the Midwest Region, the Huskies are a 3-point underdog vs. Utah State.
Don’t feel too bad, Huskies fans. There are others with worse odds in the tournament field. North Dakota State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Prairie View A&M, and North Carolina Central University are all 5,000-to-1 picks to win it all.
Yes, a 16-seed has never won the whole thing but UMBC was a long shot last year and ended up becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed when they beat Virginia 74-54.
So crazier things have happened.