With the 2018 NCAA Tournament field now released and people around the country starting to fill out their brackets, it's time to take a look at which teams have the highest odds and are considered the favorites.
While the final destination is a national championship, here are FiveThirtyEight's odds on which team will make the Final Four from each region:
Final 4 odds for the SOUTH bracket:
(4) Arizona—6%— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 12, 2018
Final 4 odds for the EAST region:— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 12, 2018
(5) West Virginia—8%
(4) Wichita St.—6%
(3) Texas Tech—6%
Final 4 odds for the extremely stacked MIDWEST region:— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 12, 2018
(3) Michigan St.—25%
(8) Seton Hall—3%
Note that our model actually thinks Duke and MSU are better than Kansas. But they face a tougher draw and have to play one another.
Finally, Final 4 odds for the WEST region ... lots of parity here as computer ratings don't love Xavier but do like the 2/3/4 seeds:— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 12, 2018
(5) Ohio St.—5%
The usual suspects led the way this year with Virginia and Villanova - the top two teams in the country - having the best odds. FiveThirtyEight gives UVA an 18 percent chance to win the national title, while Villanova comes in with a 17 percent chance.Back to the NCAA Newsfeed