Updated March Madness Odds After Princeton stuns Arizona, Furman beats Virginia

Princeton Tigers guard Blake Peters celebrates a basket

March 16, 2023; Sacramento, California, United States; Princeton Tigers guard Blake Peters (24) reacts after scoring a basket against the Arizona Wildcats in the second half at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

  • Two big surprises marked the first day of the 2023 NCAA tournament
  • No. 15 Princeton beat No. 2 Arizona while No. 13 Furman defeated No. 4 Virginia
  • Check out the updated March Madness odds during the first round of the NCAA tournament

Not even halfway through the first round of the 2023 NCAA tournament, the March Madness bracket has already suffered some massive losses.

In Thursday’s early window, Furman erased a double-digit second-half deficit to nearly stun Virginia at the buzzer.

Not to be outdone, No. 15 Princeton became the third 15-seed in as many years to defeat a No. 2 and record his own comeback win over Arizona.

Here’s what the March Madness odds look like at this point.

2023 NCAA Tournament Odds

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Houston +500
Alabama +550
Purdue +1200
Kansas +1300
UCLA +1300
gonzaga +1500
Texas +1500
Baylor +1800
Marquette +1900
UConn +2000
Creighton +2300
Tennessee +2500
duke +3200
Kentucky +3500
TCU +4000
State of San Diego +4200
Saint Mary +4500
xavier +5000
Indiana +5500
Arkansas +5500
Texas A&M +5500
State of Iowa +6000
State of Michigan +6500
Maryland +7500
memphis +7500
State of Kansas +7500
Miami +10000
Iowa +13000
Missouri +13000
maroon +13000
FAU +13000
providence +15000
U.S.C +15000
Pennsylvania +15000
northwest +20000
NC state +20000
Pitt +25000
State of Arizona +35000
drake +35000
Furman +35000
Princeton +80000

Odds as of 6:45pm ET at FanDuel Sportsbook for all teams except Princeton who was not on the board at the time of publication. Princeton odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook. Check out the full list of March Madness betting promotions available.

Furman’s makes a stunning comeback over Virginia

Many pundits predicted that Furman would upset Virginia as a 5.5-point underdog. The offensively challenged Cavaliers play at a terribly slow pace, resulting in tight games with few points and lots of variability.

But the way Furman dissipated UVA was truly stunning.

The Cavaliers led 50-38 with just over ten minutes to go. The Paladins cut it but were still two seconds down with less than five seconds to go and UVA hitting the ball.

Then this happened.

The Wahoos ended up looking decent but could only rattle iron.

Furman’s title chances improved from +75,000 to +35,000 as a result.

Next up is a date with No. 5 in San Diego State, which covered No. 12 Charleston (63-57). If they make it through this gauntlet, they’ll face either No. 1 Alabama or No. 8 Maryland.

Princeton shocks Arizona with second-half comeback

Not to be outdone, the Ivy League’s Princeton Tigers, a No. 15 seed, defeated Pac-12 Tournament Champion South Region No. 2 Arizona.

Like Furman before them, the Tigers faced a huge deficit in the second half, with Arizona leading 51-41 and 8-07 to go. But Princeton ended the game with a stunning 18-4 run to send the Pac-12 champions home early.

Having played most of the season, senior striker Tosun Evbuomwan has kept Princeton on pace with 15 points (right within his season average), while six other players had between 6 and 9 points for the even Tigers.

Princeton’s odds of winning the NCAA tournament improved from +500,000 to +80,000 at DraftKings Sportsbook. Still a mighty long shot, but odds makers need to take the No. 15 seed seriously after last year’s run from St. Peter to the Elite Eight. The Tigers’ Final Four odds increased from +30000 (0.33% implied probability) to +4000 (2.44% implied probability).

Princeton meets No. 7 Missouri in the second round. The Tigers were impressive in their excitement over slightly favored Utah state, holding one of the nation’s most successful offenses at just 65 points (76-65).

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