TORONTO - Vegas is backing the Buckeyes.
Top overall seed Ohio State has been given the best odds of winning the NCAA tournament, despite being put into a draw that appears to be more challenging than those the other No. 1 seeds are facing.
The Buckeyes would possibly have to get past Kentucky and either North Carolina or Kentucky standouts all to reach the Final Four.
Most noticeably, fellow
No. 1 Pittsburgh has a much more palatable road to the Final Four.
Vegas sports books have given Ohio State odds ranging from 6-1 to 7-2 to win it all and some have said they might even go as low as 5-2 by tipoff.
The Buckeyes went 33-2, won the Big Ten regular season and tournament and boast an exceptional two-way big man in Jared Sullinger.
Vegas deems Pittsburgh less likely to win it all than Ohio St., Kansas and Duke despite its less-challenging draw.
Ohio State is trying to become the second team since the NCAA first started assigning a top overall seed in 2004 to win the tournament.
San Diego State has the best odds of the No. 2 seeds.
HOYAS GET HELP
Georgetown point guard Chris Wright will return for the tournament.
Wright broke his non-shooting hand on Feb. 23, but has been cleared to practice and said he will play against the winner of USC and Virginia Commonwealth on Friday.
The 21-10 Hoyas have lost four straight since Wright went down and have looked terrible on offence minus their floor general.
Washington star Isaiah Thomas will get some much-needed assistance as his backup, point guard Venoy Overton has been reinstated by the team.
Overton was charged with providing alcohol to a minor and suspended for the Pac-10 tournament, forcing Thomas to play 123 out of a possible 125 minutes in the tourney, which Washington still
OUT IN OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma has fired head coach Jeff Capel following consecutive losing seasons - the first time that has happened there since 1967.
With phenom Blake Griffin, Capel and Oklahoma were outstanding Capel was 79-33 his first three seasons with the Sooners (two of those with Griffin), but just 17-36 in the two years since Griffin left to become the first pick of the NBA draft.