January 9, 2017 by Seth Rubinroit
Coach Andy Enfield (Michael Yanow/Galen Central)
In response to a reader’s question about USC’s odds to win the 2017 NCAA Tournament
USC basketball entered the season predicted to finish seventh in the Pac-12, according to the conference’s annual preseason poll.
But the Trojans have far exceeded expectations this season, winning their first 14 games of the season and earning a top-25 ranking. And the sportsbooks in Vegas have noticed.
USC now has 100/1 odds to win the 2017 NCAA Tournament, according to mytopsportsbooks.com. Only three Pac-12 schools—UCLA, Oregon and Arizona—have better odds.
Duke has the best odds to win the 2017 NCAA Tournament at 5/1. UCLA is just behind them at 6/1, followed by Kentucky (7/1) and Villanova (9/1), the 2016 NCAA Tournament champions. Kansas, UNC, Indiana, Gonzaga, Oregon and Baylor round out the top 10.
Overall 19 teams have better odds to win the 2017 NCAA Tournament than USC.
The odds were published on Dec. 30. That was the day that the Trojans lost their first game of the season at No. 21 Oregon. Since then, USC cruised past Stanford and lost a 74-73 thriller to Cal. The Trojans’ record now stands at 15-2 (2-2).
USC will next play at Utah on Thursday on Pac-12 Network, followed by at Colorado on Sunday on ESPNU. USC will then play No. 16 Arizona for the first time this season on Jan. 19.