Last Updated on March 29, 2021
UCLA has done it! They are the latest team to join the Madness and become a Cinderella story in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The 11th-seeded University of California Los Angeles Bruins have upset the second-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide to advance to the Elite 8. This will certainly cause the UCLA tournament odds to skyrocket, as well as affect the rest of the remaining teams’ odds.
UCLA is the third Pac-12 team in the Elite 8, as Oregon State has already made it and the winner of Oregon and USC of course will be a member of the Pac 12 as well. UCLA’s Cinderella story continues, and they will be one of the more popular college basketball teams the rest of the way. Let’s take a look at their NCAA Tournament odds, who they will play next, and more.
Upset Alert! UCLA Defeats Alabama, Advances to Elite 8
After a disastrous shooting performance from Alabama at the free throw line and some resilience from UCLA, the Bruins will be heading to the Elite 8.
UCLA will be one of three Pac-12 teams in the Elite 8!
— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) March 29, 2021
UCLA advances to the next round, where they will play against Michigan on Tuesday, March 30th. Michigan is certainly favored in this contest, and the spread will likely rise above a few points. With that said, UCLA’s star power and the dominance of the Pac-12 in the NCAA Tournament has been something else. Will the betting public be wagering on UCLA? Let’s take a look at their odds.
UCLA NCAA Tournament Odds Rise
Entering the Sweet 16, UCLA’s odds to win the tournament were a long shot, north of +5000 at most legal sportsbooks. Just after their win against Alabama, their odds rose to +2500 on DraftKings Sportsbook. Here’s a look at the latest odds to win the NCAA Tournament, from each legal sportsbook.
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Expect these odds to rise, as many bettors will likely wager on UCLA given their star power and ability to defeat top teams. With that in mind, their odds of +2500 is a bargain and will surely rise.
Who does UCLA play in the Elite 8?
Who is next for the Bruins? They will face off against number one seed Michigan in the Elite 8. The game will take place on Tuesday, March 30th.
UCLA is going to play Michigan on Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) March 29, 2021
While Michigan is the clear favorite as a number one seed against a number 11 seed, UCLA has proven that the seedings do not matter for the Pac 12. Do the Bruins have what it takes to reach the Final Four? They are one win away, and Michigan is without their best player. If there was a Cinderella team to do it, it would be UCLA or Oregon State.
UCLA vs. Michigan Odds
Here’s a look at the opening odds for UCLA vs. Michigan in the Elite 8.
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