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5 Teams To Bet On To Win The 2016 NCAA Tournament

"College basketball is wide open this year." 

How many times have you heard someone say that over the course of the season? Dozens, probably, if you're even somewhat of a college basketball fan. 

It looks like it is, too. There isn't a clear dominant team like there's been in season's past. No one can hold onto the No. 1 ranking. At least two of the No. 1 seeds will likely have at least five-plus losses. 

Come March, nothing should surprise you. 

So, who should you be betting on to win the 2016 NCAA Tournament? 

I'm here to help with that. 

Here are five teams to bet on - right now - to win the Big Dance. I have five teams from different levels - a couple favorites, a couple mid-tier teams and one long-shot. I think all five of these teams at least have a chance to win it all. And, based on what their odds are at on Bovada, I feel like all five are good futures bets to make right now. 

Start With No. 5 >>> 

5. Notre Dame

Current Odds: 100/1

This is a Fighting Irish team coming off a major upset win of No. 2 North Carolina, so there's reason to feel pretty good about Mike Brey's squad. They're 17-7, 8-4 in the ACC, and appear to be bound for a No. 7 or No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament at the moment (Joe Lunardi has them as No. 8 seed right now). 

If Notre Dame can finish the regular season strong, notch wins against Louisville and Miami, and have a good showing in the ACC Tournament, it could find itself on the No. 5 or No. 6 line (or higher). 

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From there, this is a team that could make a run at the Final Four and win it all. They're one of the most-talented offensive teams in the country with a very good point guard. Notre Dame's currently fourth in the country in offensive efficiency. It's certainly possible, with a good draw in the NCAA Tournament, that this team could get hot and make a deep run. And at 100/1, they're worth betting on. Next: No. 4 ??? >>>4. Miami Current Odds: 33/1The Hurricanes have won six of their last seven games and currently sit at 19-4, 8-3 in the ACC. ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi currently has Miami as a No. 3 seed in his NCAA Tournament. And yet, they have 33-to-1 odds to win it all? 

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They're undervalued. Miami isn't a team that has gotten a ton of national attention, so the public probably isn't throwing much money on them to win it all. This is good for you, though, because it's given the Hurricanes more favorable odds to win it. 

With a strong finish down the stretch, Miami could find itself on the No. 2 seed line. Get on them now before everyone else realizes what's going on. 

Next: No. 3 ??? >>> 

3. Oregon 

Current Odds: 25/1

The Ducks are a team a lot of college basketball insiders really, really love. Many project this squad to make a serious run at the Final Four. 

They're 20-4, 9-2 in the Pac-12 and currently seeded as a No. 4 in Joe Lunardi's latest bracket. They're trending upwards, too. If they win the conference and the Pac-12 Tourmament, a No. 2 seed is possible.

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Based on how well they've been playing lately, it's not difficult to imagine that happening. Put $100 down on the Ducks at 25/1 and make a cool $2500 when they surprise everyone (but not you) and make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Next: No. 2 ??? >>>2. KentuckyCurrent Odds: 14/1This is still likely the most-naturally gifted team in the country. And, in a season in which there isn't a dominant, veteran team, that might be the thing that matters most come March. The Wildcats are starting to look like a serious threat, too. 

">@lgeku #PowerPlay of the Game last night.

— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB)

Derek Willis dropped the ? for our @lgeku#PowerPlay of the Game last night. ?

— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 10, 2016

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Kentucky's most-impressive performance of the season probably came two weekends ago, when they took Kansas to overtime in Lawrence, Ks. John Calipari's squad didn't win, but playing that well in what is perhaps the toughest arena to play in college basketball is a serious achievement. The Wildcats will be the No. 4 seed every No. 1 seed will be fearing come Selection Sunday. Next: No. 1 ??? >>>1. MarylandCurrent Odds: 12/1The Terrapins are the most-popular national title pick among college basketball analysts, yet they're behind Oklahoma, UNC and Kansas in the futures odds. Listen to the analysts. Mark Turgeon's squad has the best starting five in the country. It has a point guard in Melo Trimble who plays better than anyone else in big moments. It has two excellent big men, a seasoned two-guard in Rasheed Sulaimon and an extremely versatile wing in Jake Layman who might be the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year. 

">@BTNJourney tonight at 9:30 p.m.

— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops)

Catch this guy on the @BTNJourney tonight at 9:30 p.m. ???

— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) February 1, 2016

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Maryland is currently a No. 2 or No. 3 seed in most brackets, but could easily find itself as a No. 1 come Selection Sunday with a strong finish. 

Bet on the Terps. 

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