People are starting to believe in how good the Michigan Wolverines are.
In the team’s Sweet 16 matchup against Texas A&M on Thursday, Michigan won convincingly, 99-72. It was impressive, no doubt.
And from a betting perspective, the general public took notice of the 27-point blowout. As of Friday afternoon, the Wolverines are now the betting favorite to win the national championship.
Sorry Villanova, Duke and Kansas.
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Behind Michigan — prior to Friday’s Sweet 16 games being played, which will affect the teams’ odds that play after they potentially win to get to the Elite Eight — are Duke at 7-2, Villanova at 7-2 and Kansas at 8-1. Every other team has 12-1 (Purdue and Florida State) or worse odds.
Again, once Duke for example wins its Sweet 16 game, the Blue Devils would be more likely to advance to the national championship game and win it. Michigan, which played its Sweet 16 game already, has fewer games to win altogether.
When looking at the teams’ roads to get to the championship game, the Wolverines also have what could be seen as the easiest road. Teams like Duke, Villanova and Kansas potentially all have to still meet each other.
For Michigan, its highest-seeded potential opponent prior to the national championship game is No. 9 Florida State and No. 9 Kansas State. The only other possibility is No. 11 Loyola (Chicago). A team like Villanova still has to defeat West Virginia, then potentially Purdue and then potentially Kansas or Duke.
Regardless, the Wolverines are getting respect. As they should.