Miami basketball back half of odds winning NCAA Tournament

Nov 21, 2021; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 21, 2021; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami basketball program is in the NCAA Tournament for the first since 2016. Miami is seeking its first NCAA Tournament win since 2016. The Hurricanes lost first-round games to Michigan State in 2017 and Loyola in 2018. Miami has turned its program around after three straight losing seasons.

A fourth-place finish in a down ACC has not garnered a lot of faith in the Miami basketball team making a run from the bookmakers in Las Vegas. The Miami Hurricanes are 39th tied with their first-round opponent USC at +20,000 in the WynnBet odds to win the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

Entering their first-round game several teams with shorter odds than Miami to win the NCAA were eliminated from the Tournament on Thursday. Kentucky who was the fourth favorite to win at +800 became just the 10th number two seed to be ousted by a 15 seed on Thursday in the first round.

Miami has advanced as far as the Regional Semifinals three times. In 2000, 2013 and 2016 Miami won two NCAA Tournament games before being eliminated. The 2022 Miami basketball team has accomplished a lot. If Miami advances to the Regional Semifinal this season the Hurricanes would have to pull two upsets to get there.

Miami is the 10th seed playing seventh seed USC on Friday. The winner of the Hurricanes and Trojans will play the victor between second-seeded Auburn and 15th seed Jacksonville State in Greenville, South Carolina on Friday. Miami was a sixth seed in 2000, a two seed in 2013 and three seed in 2016.

Auburn is the seventh-best favorite in the 2022 NCAA Tournament at +800. Kansas, the number one seed in the South has the third-best odds at +700. As they have been for most of the season, Gonzaga and Arizona are the top two teams. The Bulldogs have odds of +325 to win the NCAA Tournament the Wildcats are +575.

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As the first day of the NCAA Tournament showed almost anything is possible. Four double-digit seeds won on the first full day of the NCAA Tournament. All of those winners were from mid-major or smaller conferences with the exception of Michigan. Miami and USC is basically a pick ’em with the Trojans a two-point favorite.