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As the excitement builds for the upcoming 2024 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, commonly known as March Madness, early betting odds have Purdue leading the pack as the potential champion.

According to March Madness betting odds, Purdue holds the top spot with odds of 13/2 to win the championship, followed closely by Connecticut at 7/1, and Houston at 9/1. Arizona and Tennessee share odds of 12/1, while Auburn follows closely behind at 16/1.

Other notable contenders include Kansas and Kentucky, each with odds of 18/1, and Alabama and Duke tied at 22/1. Marquette and Florida Atlantic both stand at 28/1 odds, with Baylor rounding out the list at 30/1.

Led by center Zach Edey, Purdue has emerged as a formidable force this season, boasting an impressive record in the Big Ten Conference with 11 wins and 2 losses.

Despite Edey’s dominance on the court, averaging 23.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, he is projected to be a second-round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

Meanwhile, UConn Huskies, last year’s champions, led by Cam Spencer, Tristen Newton, and Alex Karaban, are poised to make another title run, currently sitting atop the Big East Conference with a 12-1 record.

Baylor, despite having less favorable odds, presents a strong challenge with two potential lottery picks in Ja’Kobe Walter and Yves Missi.

As the tournament draws nearer, basketball enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the thrilling matchups and Cinderella stories that characterize March Madness, with Purdue leading the early charge as the team to beat.