Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller is the third highest-paid head coach in the NCAA Tournament and can earn close to $1 million in bonuses for winning the national title.
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The Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team rallied to beat Saint Mary’s 69-60 in the NCAA Tournament second round and advance to the Sweet 16 against Xavier, Sean Miller’s old team.
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Arizona tips off its Sweet 16 game against Xavier on Thursday night shortly after 7 p.m. and, as the pregame.com odds from Las Vegas insider R.J. Bell would have it, the Wildcats – along with North Carolina – are the heaviest favorites to win their Sweet 16 openers.
Both schools are 7 1/2-point picks to beat their opponents, and through two weekends of tournament games entering Thursday, favorites have won 40 and lost only eight.
Xavier, at 75-1, is the longest shot on the board to cut down the nets at University of Phoenix Stadium. So the ‘Cats have that goin’ for them.
Here’s a look at the updated Las Vegas odds to win it all:
The odds to cut down the nets
- N. Carolina 5/1
- Kansas 6/1
- Gonzaga 7/1
- Arizona 7/1
- Kentucky 11/1
- UCLA 13/1
- Florida 16/1
- Wisconsin 16/1
- Michigan 18/1
- Baylor 18/1
- West Virginia 21/1
- Purdue 24/1
- Oregon 27/1
- S. Carolina 40/1
- Butler 45/1
- Xavier 75/1
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So what happens if Arizona advances to the Elite Eight, with a date on Saturday against the Gonzaga-West Virginia winner? The Wildcats are still favored to get to Glendale, listed as a +150 favorite (bet 100 to win back 150) to move forward — even over the No. 1 West Region seed Gonzaga.
Kansas and North Carolina, also No. 1 regional seeds, are the strongest favorites to make the Final Four.
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- Midwest Region: Kansas +115
- South Region: North Carolina +115
- West Region: Arizona +150
- East Region: Baylor +200
And, if you like the UConn women, a seemingly invincible team, you can support your beliefs with hard-earned cash by laying -400 that they’ll win the NCAA Women’s Tournament title.
Easy way to make a million, right? Just find a spare $4 million lying around and head to your favorite Nevada casino.
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