By Mary Cunningham

You have to wonder what Villanova has to do to get respect from the sharpies in Vegas!

Hours after the Cats bagged their second NCAA title in three years, Duke was posted as the favorite to win the 2019 men’s basketball national championship at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

The sportsbook installed the Blue Devils as the favorites at 5-1, ahead of new national champion Villaova.

The Wildcats opened at 8-1 for next season’s championship, along with Kansas and Kentucky.

North Carolina is 12-1, followed by Michigan State, Gonzaga and Virginia, which are each 15-1. Michigan opened at 20-1 for next season’s title, along with Oregon. West Virginia, UCLA and Auburn are 30-1.