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Who has the best and worst odds to reach the Elite Eight, Final Four out of the South region

We run down the full list of odds for each team in the South region to make the Elite Eight and Final Four.

Baylor Bears guard Jared Butler shoots a free throw in the second half of the game against the Texas Longhorns at Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center.  Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 NCAA Tournament is set to begin on Thursday with the First Four, and the round of 64 is set to begin on Friday. Teams across the country are preparing to compete for a national championship, as this year’s competition could be the most unpredictable one yet because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The South region doesn’t look as competitive as most of the others on paper. Let’s take a look at some odds of its top contenders at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Baylor’s title odds (+500) are second only to Gonzaga and they are heavily favorited to make the Elite 8 (-157) and Final 4 (-134). Although the Bears slipped toward the end of the year with losses to Kansas in the regular season and Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals, they are expected to cake-walk into the later rounds of March Madness.

Ohio State has the second-best Elite 8 (+130) and Final 4 odds (+400) in the South. The Buckeyes have the eighth-best title odds (+2000). Texas Tech has the third-best Elite 8 (+400) and Final 4 odds (+600) but is a big step back from the two frontrunners.

North Texas, Oral Roberts, and Hartford all have +5000 Elite 8 odds, but Hartford has the worst Final 4 odds of the group at +15000. Having to go through top-seeded Baylor doesn’t bode well for the Hawks’ future.

Odds to reach 2021 Elite Eight, Final Four — South region

Team Make Elite 8 Miss Elite 8 Make Final 4
Team Make Elite 8 Miss Elite 8 Make Final 4
Baylor -157 +125 -134
Ohio State +130 -162 +400
Texas Tech +400 -560 +600
Arkansas +425 -625 +800
Wisconsin +750 -1430 +1000
North Carolina +1200 -5000 +1150
Villanova +675 -1115 +1150
Purdue +550 -910 +1400
Florida +1100 -3335 +1800
Utah State +1450 -5000 +1800
Virginia Tech +1200 -5000 +3000
Colgate +2000 -10000 +6000
North Texas +5000 -10000 +8000
Oral Roberts +5000 -10000 +10000
Winthrop +3000 -10000 +10000
Hartford +5000 -10000 +15000

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