2023 March Madness Bracket: Who Has the Easiest Path to the Final Four?

March Madness 2023 is officially here! With the opening round set to begin in two days, it's time to take a look at the teams with the easiest paths to winning the title.
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2023 March Madness Bracket: Who Has the Easiest Path to the Final Four?

Selection Sunday has officially come and gone, as the field of 68 is now set. With the First Four games set for Tuesday, the race is now on for sports bettors to get their positioning in the market before the first tip-off begins the Madness that will follow. 

With the odds market already developing before our eyes, let’s look at the five teams with the most accessible paths to reach the Final Four. The odds noted below are for “Team to Win” their region. 

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5 Easiest Paths to the Final Four

5.  UCLA Bruins (+275) Bet $100 to collect $375. DraftKings has the best odds, click here

Despite the injuries with the Bruins, they were done a lot of favors in this draw. Taking on UNC Asheville in their first game, they should be able to outpace both Northwestern and Boise State before running taking on Gonzaga in the first real test. 

4. Purdue Boilermakers (+220) Bet $100 to collect $320. DraftKings has the best odds, click here

The Purdue Boilermakers have been given the No. 1 seed in the East Region and will face either the Texas Southern Tigers or the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights in the First Four showdown. Both Texas Southern and Fairleigh Dickinson are champions of their respective conference tournaments, but neither will give them a serious threat.

They’ll then be sizeable favorites against Memphis/FAU before likely taking on Duke or Tennesee in the Sweet 16. Both of which I expect to be underdogs of seven or more vs. Purdue. 

3. Texas Longhorns (+300) Bet $100 to collect $400. DraftKings has the best odds, click here

With their dominating victory over the Kansas Jayhawks in the championship game of the Big 12 Conference tournament on Saturday, the Longhorns have officially qualified for the NCAA Tournament. The committee decided to seed the Longhorns as the No. 6 overall team in the tournament, which is one spot lower than the committee had them ranked on February 16th, when they published a mock seeding list of the top 16 teams. 

With two games they should be double-digit favorites in to start the tournament vs. Colgate and Texas A&M, Texas’ first real test likely comes against Xavier in the Sweet 16. Certainly, favorites in that matchup as well; Houston vs. Texas makes a ton of sense with the Final Four on the line. 

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (+200) Bet $100 to collect $300. DraftKings has the best odds, click here

At just +200 to win their region, the oddsmakers agree the Crimson Tide should mostly breeze through their bracket, and it’s with good reason. The Crimson Tide men's basketball team will compete in March Madness for the third year in a row, and for the first time in the history of the Alabama men's basketball program, the Crimson Tide has been given the top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

After running through the SEC with one of the best frontcourts in the country, I think the Crimson Tide will make a statement run before ultimately meeting with Arizona in the Final Four. 

1. Houston Cougars (+160) Bet $100 to collect $260. DraftKings has the best odds, click here

At a mere +160 to run through their regional bracket, the Houston Cougars have been the most dominant team in college basketball all season. According to college basketball wizard Ken Pomeroy from KenPom.com, the Cougars are the No. 1 team in the country, a full four points better than the next team in their regional (Texas). 

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Johnny has been covering the sports betting markets and handicapping games for the better part of the past decade. Along the way, he has written for publications such as All-In Magazine, Blitz Predict, FantasyPros, Betting Pros, Sportsbook Review, and most recently, OddsChecker. In addition to giving out picks on Twitter, Johnny is the host of the podcast The Daily Sports Bet -- a 10 minute or less listen with actionable insights and no fluff or BS. Starting the podcast in June, he closed out 2021 up 26 units with a winning percentage of 55%.

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