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NCAA Tournament 2017: Early Vegas odds for Virginia Cavaliers vs UNC Wilmington

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The Hoos are an early 8-point favorite over the Seahawks

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The No. 5 Virginia Cavaliers take on the No. 12 UNC Wilmington Seahawks in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Over the next couple days, you’re probably going to spend a not-insignificant amount of time poring over your brackets, trying to figure out the best way to pick the winner.

At some point, you’ll probably turn to what the sportsbooks are saying about the Hoos. Virginia opens as an early 8.5-point favorite, as high as 9 points at places like MGM, and as low as 7.5 points at Treasure Island.

Meanwhile, Ken Pomeroy has Virginia as a 9-point favorite over the Seahawks, a predicted final score of 70-61 in a game that pits the nation’s top scoring defense (Virginia allows just 55.6 points per game) against the nation’s 10th-top offense (UNC-W scores an average of 85.2 (!) points per game). For those looking at the over/under, KenPom is predicting 131 combined points.

Looking at the NCAA Tournament as a whole, early odds indicate that Virginia has 40/1 odds of winning the whole shebang, the 16th-best odds in the country and fifth best among ACC schools. Duke is the early favorite at 6/1, while North Carolina is just behind them at 13/2.

The full NCAA Tournament odds are below.

Odds to Win 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament

School Odds
School Odds
Duke 6/1
North Carolina 13/2
Kansas 17/2
Kentucky 17/2
Villanova 17/2
Arizona 10/1
Gonzaga 10/1
UCLA 12/1
Louisville 14/1
Oregon 25/1
Florida 30/1
Florida State 30/1
Purdue 30/1
SMU 30/1
West Virginia 35/1
Virginia 40/1
Baylor 50/1
Butler 55/1
Iowa State 65/1
Michigan 75/1
Minnesota 75/1
Notre Dame 80/1
Wichita State 85/1
Wisconsin 90/1
Cincinnati 100/1
Maryland 100/1
Michigan State 100/1
Oklahoma State 100/1
Rhode Island 100/1
Saint Mary's 120/1
Northwestern 200/1
South Carolina 200/1
Virginia Tech 200/1
Middle Tennessee State 250/1
Arkansas 300/1
Creighton 300/1
Dayton 300/1
Kansas State 300/1
Marquette 300/1
Miami, Fl. 300/1
Providence 300/1
Seton Hall 300/1
VCU 300/1
Vanderbilt 300/1
Wake Forest 300/1
Xavier 400/1
Nevada 500/1
USC 500/1
Princeton 850/1
Florida Gulf Coast 2000/1
Bucknell 5000/1
East Tennessee State 5000/1
Iona 5000/1
Jacksonville State 5000/1
Kent State 5000/1
Mount State Mary's 5000/1
NC Central 5000/1
New Mexico State 5000/1
New Orleans 5000/1
North Dakota 5000/1
Northern Kentucky 5000/1
South Dakota State 5000/1
Texas Southern 5000/1
Troy 5000/1
UC Davis 5000/1
UNC Wilmington 5000/1
Vermont 5000/1
Winthrop 5000/1