ESPN names double-digit seed with best chance of making Sweet 16

As we learned from Loyola-Chicago and UMBC last year, the double-digit seeds in the NCAA Tournament are not to be underestimated. Making the Sweet 16 is not easy for even the top programs in the country. This year, one double-digit seed appears to be standing out from the crowd.

According to ESPN’s College Basketball Power Index (BPI), the 12-seeded Oregon Ducks of the South Region have been given the best odds of any double-digit seed to make the Sweet 16. The Ducks have been given a 15.7-percent chance of advancing, a full five points higher than any other double-digit seed.

The Ducks are currently slated to face Wisconsin in the First Round. With a win, they would face the winner of Kansas State and UC Irvine in the Second Round.

The Ducks went just 19-12 in the regular season, earning the sixth seed in the Pac-12 tournament. But several games of terrific defense combined with an overtime win over Arizona State resulted in a Pac-12 title and a sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the past 10 years.

Considering their strong current form, Oregon could very well be favored against the Wisconsin Badgers.

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No. 16 North Carolina Central: 9999/1 odds

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No. 16 Prairie View A&M: 5000/1 odds

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No. 16 North Dakota State: 5000/1 odds

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No. 16 Gardner-Webb: 5000/1 odds

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No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson: 5000/1 odds

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No. 15 Bradley: 5000/1 odds

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No. 15 Prairie View A&M: 5000/1 odds

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No. 13 Vermont: 2000/1 odds

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No. 16 Iona: 2000/1 odds

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No. 15 Colgate: 2000/1 odds

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No. 14 Yale: 1000/1 odds

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No. 13 UC Irvine: 1000/1 odds

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No. 11 Temple: 1000/1 odds

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No. 11 Saint Mary's: 1000/1 odds

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No. 13 Saint Louis: 1000/1 odds

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No. 11 St. John's: 1000/1 odds

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No. 14 Old Dominion: 1000/1 odds

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No. 11 Ohio State: 1000/1 odds

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No. 14 Northern Kentucky: 1000/1 odds

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No. 13 Northeastern: 1000/1 odds

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No. 15 Montana: 1000/1 odds

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No. 12 Liberty: 1000/1 odds

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No. 14 Georgia State: 1000/1 odds

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No. 11 Belmont: 1000/1 odds

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No. 9 Baylor: 1000/1 odds

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No. 11 Arizona State: 1000/1 odds

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No. 9 Washington: 500/1 odds

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No. 8 VCU: 500/1 odds

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No. 8 Utah State: 500/1 odds

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No. 8 Ole Miss: 500/1 odds

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No. 9 Oklahoma: 500/1 odds

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No. 10 Minnesota: 500/1 odds

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No. 10 Seton Hall: 300/1 odds

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No. 12 New Mexico State: 300/1 odds

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No. 12 Murray State: 300/1 odds

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No. 9 UCF: 300/1 odds

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No. 6 Maryland: 250/1 odds

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No. 10 Maryland: 250/1 odds

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No. 7 Wofford: 200/1 odds

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No. 5 Mississippi State: 200/1 odds

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No. 10 Florida: 200/1 odds

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No. 12 Oregon: 150/1 odds

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No. 5 Wisconsin: 100/1 odds

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No. 7 Nevada: 100/1 odds

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No. 7 Louisville: 100/1 odds

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No. 7 Cincinnati: 100/1 odds

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No. 8 Syracuse: 85/1 odds

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No. 6 Buffalo: 85/1 odds

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No. 4 Virginia Tech: 80/1 odds

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No. 5 Marquette: 70/1 odds

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No. 4 Kansas State: 70/1 odds

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No. 4 Kansas: 60/1 odds

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No. 6 Villanova: 50/1 odds

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No. 3 LSU: 50/1 odds

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No. 5 Auburn: 50/1 odds

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No. 6 Iowa State: 40/1 odds

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No. 3 Purdue: 30/1 odds

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No. 3 Houston: 30/1 odds

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No. 4 Florida State: 30/1 odds

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No. 3 Texas Tech: 20/1 odds

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No. 2 Michigan: 18/1 odds

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No. 2 Tennessee: 16/1 odds

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No. 2 Michigan State: 15/1 odds

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No. 2 Kentucky: 12/1 odds

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No. 1 Virginia: 8/1 odds

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No. 1 North Carolina: 6/1 odds

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No. 1 Gonzaga: 5/1 odds

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No. 1 Duke: 11/5 odds

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As for a potential matchup with presumptive Second Round opponent Kansas State, the Wildcats provide a very stiff challenge that will take every bit of head coach Dana Altman’s savvy to eke out the win.

But it is not impossible.

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