NCAA Tournament 2017 odds: Duke, North Carolina the favorites

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The Huskies (32-0) were the unanimous choice from the 33-member national media panel on Monday, holding the No. 1 spot for the last 15 weeks of the season. SWAC Freshman of the Year Demontrae Jefferson (14.9 points per game, 3.3 assists per game).

So it wasn't a surprise when they were announced as the No. 1 overall seed in the 2017 NCAA Women's Tournament bracket.

UCLA is just as strong as the other two when they decide to play defense. A top-four seed for OSU would have meant hosting the first two rounds in Columbus.

The Huskies are expected to be the No. 1 overall seed for the fourth-straight year after finishing the regular season a ideal 29-0. Keep an eye on third-seeded Maryland, one of just three teams to lose by only single digits to the Huskies this season, back in December.

And though the Huskies are certainly the favorite heading into the tournament, there is some intrigue about Connecticut's chances to win its 12th national championship. They will appear in the tournament for the second year in a row after not making the field since 1997.

Missouri (21-10, 11-5 SEC) lost in the first game of the SEC Tournament to Texas A&M, 62-48. And for us, it's the next opportunity. "It's awesome, especially after previous year we came so close and couldn't quite make it to the tournament", says USC junior Davis Hagood.

In this year's Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, U of L defeated Clemson (68-46) and North Carolina State (59-58) before falling to Notre Dame (84-73). The deadline to register your picks is March 16 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Whether or not they will be able to advance to a match-up with second-seeded Arizona will be the question. The 19 teams in this year's tournament are separated in these four regions of the bracket.

Duke will host 15th-seeded Hampton (20-12). 2017 marks the first season the Blue Devils and Pirates meet in a home-and-home series since 2002.

While they will likely be tested late by Iowa State or Louisville, Kansas has the guard play to be able to get by every team in their region and is the strongest team. The victor will face either West Virginia (23-10) or Elon (27-6) in Round 2.

OR (4/1), Purdue (5/1) and Iowa State (10/1). New Orleans (-1.5) and Kansas State vs. Wake Forest (-1) scheduled for Tuesday, and North Carolina Central (-4) vs. UC Davis and USC (-3) vs. Providence on Wednesday.