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There is no single event, aside from the Super Bowl, that entices sports bettors quite like March Madness. With the 2023 NCAA Tournament set to take place in Indianapolis this year, college basketball postseason play is back and better than ever. This means NCAA bracketology is also back in play, and this has been one of the crazier years with a lot of teams vying for their shot to make the big dance.

Gonzaga NCAA Tournament Odds

A few good men? You’re darn right. The ‘Zags are the favorite to win the whole enchilada for multiple reasons. This is without question Mark Few’s best chance to take home the hardware. The Bulldogs pack a significant bite on offense, setting the pace in several efficiency categories, including points per possession. Corey Kispert’s wizardry from outside combined with the smooth pivot moves of Drew Timme and athletic explosiveness of Jalen Suggs presents matchup nightmare scenarios for the opposition. Equally fantastic on the defensive side, the ‘Zags, who relish an uptempo pace, can pile up the points in bunches. Doubters will question whether the down WCC challenged them enough, but their utter destruction of everyone in the league is proof they will not go quietly in the night. Statistically, this year’s Gonzaga brand is one of the strongest in the KenPom era. Question them, and you’re sure to leave money on the table.

Baylor NCAA Tournament Odds

Scott Drew’s Bears are far from the gummy variety, indica versions included. Though a late-season COVID pause temporarily derailed them, the Warhorses from Waco own the necessary attributes to hoist the hardware. Baylor, similar to Gonzaga, ranks top-10 in offensive and defensive efficiency. Its team-wide balance, numerous cylinder-splashing weapons and experience is why it’s a preeminent No. 1 seed and likely candidate to cut down the nets in Indianapolis. Defensively, Drew typically leans on a matchup zone, which squeezes the opposition, mitigates clean looks and often forces turnovers. Terrific in transition or in its execution in the half court, Baylor thumps the competition with three-point barrages and second-chance opportunities. Jared Butler, Matthew Mayer, Adam Flagler and Davion Mitchell each net a ridiculous 40% from the arc. Meanwhile Mark Vital and mouthful Mark Vital and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua wear opponents down in the paint. To upend the Bears, a Herculean across-the-board effort is required.

Top Cinderella Teams for 2023 March Madness

Polish sausage. Ditka. Bulls. Mini Ditka. And Sister Jean. Folks, whether it’s divine intervention or Porter Moser’s tactical genius or both, Loyola Chicago isn’t a team anyone should sleep on. An advanced analytics darling, the Ramblers are intoxicating for gamblers looking for a long-odds dark horse. They possess invaluable experience from the 2018 Final Four team, a number of three-point marksman, sensational guarding chops and point-forward Cameron Krutwig, one of the most statistically decorated players to ever take the floor in the Missouri Valley Conference. At or near the top in several defensive categories, including overall D efficiency, they’re comparable to an on-court root canal. Though matchups against the Ramblers often turn into rock fights, they bask the stone throwing, forcing teams to embrace their tortoise slow pace. Due to that style, they’re difficult to prepare for. In myriad ways, they’re similar to Virginia teams of the recent past, restrictive in nature and methodical in execution. Don’t be surprised if Loyola makes a deep run.