SPOKANE – March Madness is anything but predictable, but the Zags’ No. 1 seed in this year’s NCAA tournament gives Gonzaga some odds they wouldn’t have with a No. 2 seed.
Since 1985, No. 1 seeds have won 62 percent of all the national championships. In comparison, No. 2 seeds have won just 12 percent of the titles.
The No. 1 seed also improves the Zags’ chances of making the Final Four at 44 percent, compared to just 20 percent of No. 2 seeds.
However, Gonzaga is trying to do something that has never been done before: they are the 10th team to go undefeated in conference play, win their conference tournament and receive a No. 1 seed. The previous nine teams that did that have never won a national championship.
In Las Vegas, betters gave Gonzaga 12-1 odds to win the national championship. Overall top-seed Louisville is the odds on favorite at 9-2.