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The top 16 college basketball seeds released each week won’t affect Vegas

Last week was the first week of the new system where the NCAA basketball committee releases their top 4 seeds in each region leading up to the tournament. It’s similar to how the CFB Playoff Committee does it towards the end of the season before the playoff is announced. Joe Lunardi is probably pissed because right around this time each year he comes out of his cave and starts doing a little Bracketology before going back into hibernation for another 9 months. Vegas, on the other hand, says they won’t be affected by it. From the Las Vegas Sun: “We have our own power rankings and we base our odds on those rankings and the money that we have already received during the course of the season,” said Jay Kornegay, vice president of the Westgate sports book. “These rankings are so early that it’s almost for entertainment purposes only. It’s not influencing any changes in the odds.” There are still more than 1,300 games to be played before Selection Sunday and a lot can happen. When it comes to odds to win the national championship, the opponents in a team’s region play more of a factor than the seeding itself. “When the official seeding and brackets are released, it influences the odds a lot to reflect a team having an easier route or a more difficult route due to the region that they’re in,” Kornegay said.

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