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The Badgers Are 25/1 to Win The Whole Thing

Tempted? Vegas also has Wisconsin 8/1 to win the West Region.

Jonathan Daniel

Strictly within a legal gambling-only context, it's always fun to see where Las Vegas sets its odds in comparison to actual rankings, records and the like.

According to Bovada, Wisconsin has 25/1 odds to win this month's NCAA tournament. The Badgers are tied with Michigan there, giving them the 14th-best odds to do so. Louisville has the best at 19/4, followed by Indiana at 5/1, Florida at 7/1 and Gonzaga and Kansas both at 10/1.

For comparison's sake -- these things don't necessarily go hand in hand -- Wisconsin enters March Madness ranked No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 18 in the AP Top 25.

Perhaps more relevant - unless you're among those pegging Wisconsin for the Final Four -- are the Badgers' 8/1 odds to win the West Region. Top-seeded Gonzaga is at 5/2, followed by No. 2 seed Ohio State at 11/4 and No. 3 seed New Mexico at 5/1. No. 8 seed Pittsburgh also has 8/1 odds, which means No. 4 Kansas State drops to 16/1 (also behind No. 6 seed Arizona at 12/1).

So, how's all that sit with you, the college basketball fan who enjoys only gambling in the legal sense?

Odds to win the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship
Louisville #1 19/4
Indiana #1 5/1
Florida #3 7/1
Gonzaga #1 10/1
Kansas #1 10/1
Duke #2 12/1
Miami Florida #2 14/1
Ohio State #2 16/1
Michigan State #3 18/1
Georgetown #2 20/1
Syracuse #4 22/1
New Mexico #3 25/1
St. Louis #4 25/1
Michigan #4 25/1
Wisconsin #5 25/1
Pittsburgh #8 33/1
VCU #5 40/1
UNLV #5 60/1
Arizona #6 60/1
NC State #8 60/1
North Carolina #8 60/1
Marquette #3 66/1
Memphis #6 75/1
Butler #6 75/1
UCLA #6 75/1
Minnesota #11 75/1
Oklahoma State #5 75/1
Kansas State #4 75/1
Missouri #9 75/1
San Diego State #7 100/1
Creighton #7 100/1
Notre Dame #7 100/1
California #12 150/1
Illinois #7 200/1
Colorado State #8 200/1
Wichita State #9 200/1
Villanova #9 200/1
Temple #9 200/1
Iowa State #10 200/1
Colorado #10 200/1
Ole Miss #12 200/1
Oklahoma #10 250/1
Cincinnati #10 250/1
Oregon #12 300/1
St. Mary's #11 300/1
Bucknell #11 300/1
Belmont #11 300/1
Middle Tennessee #11 500/1
Akron #12 500/1
Boise State #13 500/1
LaSalle #13 500/1
New Mexico State #13 500/1
South Dakota State #13 500/1
Montana #13 500/1
Davidson #14 500/1
Valparaiso #14 500/1
Harvard #14 500/1
Northwestern State #14 500/1
Iona #15 500/1
Pacific #15 500/1
Florida Gulf Coast #15 500/1
Albany #15 500/1
Western Kentucky #16 500/1
Southern #16 500/1
James Madison #16 1000/1
LIU Brooklyn #16 1000/1
NC A&T #16 1000/1
Liberty #16 1000/1

Odds to win the 2013 NCAA West Region
Gonzaga #1 5/2
Ohio State #2 11/4
New Mexico #3 5/1
Wisconsin #5 8/1
Pittsburgh #8 8/1
Arizona #6 12/1
Kansas Sate #4 16/1
Notre Dame #7 33/1
Iowa State #10 35/1
Ole Miss #12 40/1
Belmont #11 50/1
Boise State #13 66/1
Wichita State #9 66/1
LaSalle #13 100/1
Harvard #14 100/1
Iona #15 100/1
Southern #16 100/1