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February 1, 2023

SI picked Purdue to finish sixth in the Big Ten. Last week the Boilermakers became the first unanimous No. 1 team in the AP poll. It’s been that kind of season. Unpredictable. Here are some Odds to Reach the Final Four value plays as we inch closer to March:

Houston (+140): The Cougs will get in your grill and wear you out with 10 players getting double-digit minutes per game.

Texas (+550): UT is 10-3 since Chris Beard’s suspension and firing, and the Longhorns are atop the Big 12 with a rotation filled with seniors.

UConn (+650): They’re barely inside the top 25 in the polls, but the Huskies are a KenPom darling – top 15 adjusted efficiency on offense and ‘D.’

Virginia (+650): The Wahoos bring a seven-game winning streak into February with a 3-point shooting percentage (38.5%) that ranks first in the ACC.

Ohio State (+2200): A terrible January sunk the Buckeyes’ odds. But if you want a longshot, they could get hot with frosh star Brice Sensabaugh (@babysensa on IG).