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Nothing odd about Gonzaga being one of the NCAA Tournament favorites

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

The favorite to win the NCAA Tournament title has changed hands several times, much like the revolving door at No. 1 in the AP poll during the season’s first two months.

The NCAA Tournament favorite as of Monday, according to The Gonzaga Bulldogs.

The second-ranked Zags (25-1) are listed at 7/1, just in front of Kansas and Duke, both at 8/1, Louisville at 9/1 and No. 1 Baylor at 10/1.

A week ago, Duke was first at 8/1, followed by Gonzaga, Louisville and Kansas at 9/1.

One day after the 2019 season ended last April with Virginia hoisting the national championship trophy, Gonzaga was listed at 14/1 to win the national title, with Kentucky favored at 5/1.

Others had slightly higher hopes for the Bulldogs, including 10/1 at Caesars Palace’s sports book, which gave Virginia the best odds at 5/1, followed by Duke and Kentucky at 8/1.

AP preseason No. 1 Michigan State was the favorite at 7/1 in July and remained the top pick at 9/1 in early December. A month later, Kansas took a turn at the top at 8/1.

Oddsmakers have also listed Duke and Louisville as the favorite.

No. 4 San Diego State and No. 6 Dayton were off the board in July, but now the unbeaten Aztecs are 14/1, tied for sixth with Maryland. The Flyers are eighth at 16/1.

BYU and Saint Mary’s are listed at 100/1.

Michigan State, Oregon, Kentucky and Michigan, which handed Gonzaga its only loss in late November, are 20/1.

Caesars Palace’s top three are Kansas, Duke and Gonzaga.

In the player of the year race, Seton Hall’s Myles Powell is a slight favorite at 4/1, followed by Iowa’s Luke Garza (11/2) and Michigan State’s Cassius Winston at 6/1 as of Feb. 4. San Diego State’s Malachi Flynn, who transferred from Washington State, is 9/1.

Gonzaga sophomore forward Filip Petrusev is 16/1.

The Zags, who spent four weeks at No. 1 before being replaced by Baylor, have just five regular-season games left.

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