Balicki gives odds for NCAA Championships

Balicki gives odds for NCAA Championships


Balicki gives odds for NCAA Championships

Charting this year’s teams and their odds to win the NCAA Men’s Division I Championship, to be held May 26-30 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio:


Oklahoma State: Cowboys have what it takes to join Clemson (2003) as the only team to win conference, regional and NCAA titles in the same season

Georgia: SEC champion Bulldogs are experienced, talented and can go low at any time

USC: Struggled a little late this spring, but if Lovemark is healthy and can get untracked, the Trojans have a solid chance

Washington: Huskies won four times this spring, including the Pac-10 Championship, and for some reason always seem to elevate their game in the postseason

Florida: Gators would like nothing better than to have Billy Horschel’s stellar career end with a championship ring.

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Stanford: Cardinal have won only once and had a bit of a scare at the Southwest Regional, but have the talent to bring home the gold.

Alabama: Young Tide finally put it together in winning the Northeast Regional, but still may be a year away from being a top contender

Georgia Tech: ACC champion Yellow Jackets have been up and down all season and will need to hit on all cylinders in Toledo

Arkansas: Razorbacks have finished second in their last five outings; they might just be ready to kick it up one more notch

Illinois: Big Ten champions won four in a row before finishing third at Northeast Regional, and Inverness should be right up their alley.

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Texas A&M: Another young team with plenty of potential, but much will hinge on how well senior Bronson Burgoon, who had a final-round 64 at regionals, plays.

UCLA: Defending NCAA champs almost fell under the .500 mark, but definitely showed championship form in winning the Central Regional.

Central Florida: Knights defeated No. 1 Georgia by 11 shots at the Southeast Regional and also are looking to join the exclusive club of being conference, regional and NCAA champions in same season

South Carolina: Gamecocks have run hot and cold, but they come in on the verge of boiling, so watch out.

Arizona State: Nine-shot victory at the West Regional should give Sun Devils plenty of confidence and momentum.

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Texas Tech: A second place at the Southwest Regional might just be the wake-up call the Red Raiders needed.

Oregon: Second-place finishes at Pac-10 and West Regional have Ducks waddling in the right direction.

Tennessee: Vols still looking for their first victory of season but have four seconds, including Northeast Regional and the Fall Preview at Inverness.

TCU: Horned Frogs come in under the radar, but have three wins and only one finish outside the top 5.

Chattanooga: Mocs appear to have regained the form that gained them two victories to start the fall.

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Texas: Longhorns’ best showings this spring have come on their home course and Inverness doesn’t fall into this category.

Wake Forest: Demon Deacons probably have been the most unpredictable team in the country, so who knows?

Arizona: Wildcats, who finished ninth at the Pac-10 Championship, finally showed some teeth with a T2 at Southeast Regional.

Duke: After struggling much of the spring after the unexpected departure of coach O.D. Vincent, Blue Devils seem to be back in the groove.

Ohio State: What a story it would be if the unheralded Buckeyes gave retiring Hall of Fame coach Jim Brown his second national title.

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Northwestern: Other than the Wildcats themselves, not many believed they would even make regionals, let alone the NCAA finals.

Michigan: After a gallant effort just to make it here, Wolverines will need a monumental performance to make match play.

Virginia: Cavaliers haven’t won this season and there’s little reason to believe that will change at Inverness.

Iowa: Hey, if the Hawkeyes somehow make it to the Elite 8, it would be the Cinderella story of the season.

San Diego: As the lowest-seeded regional team (12th in West) and lowest-ranked program (No. 63 in Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings) at Inverness, the Toreros are just happy to be here.


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