Updated College Basketball National Championship Odds: Michigan State, Villanova, Duke Lead The Way

The college basketball regular season is approaching the final stretch as the calendar flips to February, and a top tier of title contenders has clearly emerged.

Now that we're halfway through the conference schedule, who do the Vegas bookmakers think are the favorites? Here are the updated national championship odds for the 19 teams that have a chance to win the title, according to Bovada.

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Michigan State - 5/1
Villanova - 11/2
Duke - 6/1
Purdue - 7/1
Virginia - 7/1
Arizona - 16/1
Kansas - 16/1
Oklahoma - 18/1
Kentucky - 20/1
West Virginia - 25/1
Wichita State - 25/1
Florida - 28/1
Gonzaga - 28/1
North Carolina - 28/1
Cincinnati - 33/1
Xavier - 40/1
Arizona State - 66/1
Auburn - 66/1
Ohio State - 66/1

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Duke started the season as title favorites with Michigan State, Kentucky, Arizona, and Kansas rounding out the preseason top five. Missouri (sixth in the preseason), USC (10th), Texas (11th), UCLA (14th), and Minnesota (15th) have all seen their odds drop significantly due to disappointing seasons.

On the flip side, a number of teams with top odds now were among the heavy longshots in the preseason - and even since the previous release in January. Purdue (formerly 40/1), Virginia (50/1), Auburn (150/1), and Ohio State (off the board) have all seen their odds significantly increase over the past month.

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