NCAA tournament odds, prop bets: Vegas likes Michigan, takes action on Deandre Ayton ban

The NCAA tournament has arrived, and that means Las Vegas is open for business.

Sports books are preparing for one of their busiest weekends of the year and finding all sorts of ways to take money from sports fans willing to wager.

This year, that means opportunities to bet on NCAA violations popping up in March to ruin the fun. BetDSI has laid odds on several violation bets, including whether Arizona star Deandre Ayton gets suspended (+2,000) in the wake of the scandal around head coach Sean Miller.

Other prop bets offer the chance to wager on prominent NCAA basketball fan sightings on TV (think Bill Clinton, Ashley Judd, Drake), how many Tigers and Wildcats will advance to the tournament’s second weekend and which conferences will perform the best this March.

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And of course, there are your standard sports betting odds of who’s favored to cut down the nets on April 2. Villanova is BetDSI’s initial favorite, while Michigan is expected to overplay its No. 3 seed as the No. 5 betting favorite behind only Villanova, Duke, Virginia, and Michigan State. The Wolverines are heavy favorites over higher seeds Kansas, Xavier and North Carolina.

Las Vegas likes Michigan to outplay its No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. (Getty Images)

Below are some of the opening lines from BetDSI. But remember to always check the latest lines, as they will constantly be moving ahead of Thursday’s first-round action.

Odds to win the NCAA championship

Villanova +400
Duke +550
Virginia +600
Michigan State +750
Michigan +1000
Purdue +1250
Arizona +1300
Kansas +1700
North Carolina +2000
Xavier +2200
Kentucky +2300
Cincinnati +2500
Gonzaga +2500
West Virginia +3500
Wichita State +4000
Texas Tech +4500
Tennessee +4500
Auburn +6000
Ohio State +7500
Rhode Island +10000
Missouri +10000
Florida +12000
Texas A&M +15000
Clemson +15000
Houston +15000
TCU +17000
Virginia Tech +17000
Alabama +20000
Seton Hall +20000
Butler +20000
NC State +21000
Arkansas +22000
Miami +22000
Nevada +25000
Providence +25000
UCLA +25000
Texas +28000
Creighton +28000
Florida State +28000
Kansas State +30000
Oklahoma +30000
Arizona State +35000
Syracuse +35000
New Mexico State +50000
Davidson +50000
St. Bonaventure +50000
Pennsylvania +55000
Loyola Chicago +60000
San Diego State +65000
Montana +75000
Wright State +75000
Stephen F. Austin +75000
South Dakota State +75000
Buffalo +100000
Texas Southern +100000
Radford +100000
Iona +100000
UMBC +100000
LIU Brooklyn +100000
NC Central +100000
UNC Greensboro +100000
Lipscomb +100000
CS Fullerton +100000
Bucknell +100000
Georgia State +100000
Murray State +100000
Marshall +100000
College of Charleston +100000

NCAA violation props

Will any player be declared ineligible during 2018 NCAA Tournament?

Yes +1200
No -3000

Will DeAndre Ayton be declared ineligible during 2018 NCAA Tournament?

Yes +2000
No -5000

Will any player be suspended by team during 2018 NCAA Tournament?

Yes +1000
No -2500

Will ESPN release NCAA Men’s Basketball violations investigative report during tournament?  (March 13 – April 2)

Yes +650
No -1200

Will a major media outlet release NCAA Men’s Basketball violations investigative report during tournament?  (March 13 – April 2)

Yes +650
No -1200

2018 NCAA Tournament Associated Press Most Outstanding Player

Jalen Brunson (Villanova) +600
Marvin Bagley III (Duke) +700
Miles Bridges (Michigan St.) +800
Kyle Guy (Virginia) +1000
Grayson Allen (Duke) +1200
Mikal Bridges (Villanova) +1200
Trevon Bluiett (Xavier) +1500
Devonte’ Graham (Kansas) +1500
Wendell Carter Jr. (Duke) +1800
Luke Maye (North Carolina) +1800
DeAndre Ayton (Arizona) +2000
Allonzo Trier (Arizona) +2500
Kevin Knox (Kentucky) +3000
Jaren Jackson (Michigan St) +3000
Carsen Edwards (Purdue) +3500
Jevon Carter (West Virginia) +4500
Moe Wagner (Michigan) +4500
Kelan Martin (Butler) +5000
Mo Bamba (Texas) +6000
Keenan Evans (Texas Tech) +6000
Trae Young (Oklahoma) +7500
Collin Sexton (Alabama) +7500
Landry Shamet (Wichita State) +7500
Admiral Schofield (Tennessee) +8000
Michael Porter, Jr. (Missouri) +10000
Field +1000


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