By Harry Donovan

Villanova, the defending NCAA champions, is listed at 8-1 to repeat at the Westgate.

The Wildcats top ESPN’s Basketball Power Index and the RPI and are sitting as a No. 1 seed in Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology, along with Kansas, Gonzaga and North Carolina. But betting support from the defending champs has been sparse.

“Villanova’s attracted around the same amount of money as San Diego State and Purdue,” Malinowski said.

The Golden Nugget sportsbook posted odds this week, giving No. 1 seeds even odds to win the tournament.

Odds to win the NCAA tournament

(Courtesy of William Hill’s Nevada sportsbook, as of March 1).

UCLA 6-1
Duke 7-1
North Carolina 7-1
Kansas 15-2
Gonzaga 15-2
Kentucky 9-1
Villanova 10-1
Louisville 12-1
Oregon 12-1
Arizona 15-1