wisco msu bball getty NCAA Brackets: Which team is the favorite to win March Madness?It’s the happiest time of the year (except for Northwestern basketball fans). The NCAA basketball tournament is just hours away from getting started. But who do you pick for your brackets?

According to Glantz-Culver, Kentucky is an overwhelming favorite to win the whole thing at 7-2. The seven-time champs look to have a pretty easy trip through the South Region, with the stiffest competition coming from Duke, the second seed. The rest of the No. 1 seeds are North Carolina (9-1), Michigan State (10-1) and Syracuse (12-1).

Perhaps the biggest concern for anyone filling out their brackets is figuring out the 5-12 upset. For those unfamiliar, it’s seemingly an annual occurrence that a fifth seed loses to a twelfth seed. Probably the leading choice for this year is Virginia Commonwealth, a 2011 Final Four team, to beat out Wichita State. Coming in a close second is Harvard to upset Vanderbilt in the battle of the nerds. The other possibilities include New Mexico vs. an underrated Long Beach State and Temple vs. the winner of Cal and University of South Florida.

Fill out your brackets soon. The Madness starts Thursday (March 15). Here’s the full list of odds.

Glantz-Culver opening line to win the 2012 NCAA tournament:

Kentucky 7-2

North Carolina 9-1

Michigan State 10-1

Ohio State 10-1

Kansas 12-1

Missouri 12-1

Syracuse 12-1

Duke 25-1

Louisville 30-1

Baylor 35-1

Marquette 35-1

Florida State 40-1

Vanderbilt 40-1

Wichita State 45-1

New Mexico 50-1

Wisconsin 50-1

Georgetown 55-1

Memphis 65-1

Cincinnati 75-1

Kansas State 75-1

Indiana 80-1

UNLV 80-1

Belmont 100-1

Connecticut 100-1

Florida 100-1

Michigan 100-1

Murray State 100-1

N.C. State 100-1

Purdue 100-1

Colorado 125-1

Gonzaga 125-1

Saint Mary’s 125-1

San Diego State 125-1

Alabama 150-1

Saint Louis 150-1

Temple 150-1

Texas 150-1

West Virginia 150-1

Creighton 200-1

Iowa State 200-1

Notre Dame 200-1

Southern Miss. 200-1

Virginia 200-1

Xavier 200-1

BYU 300-1

California 300-1

Colorado State 300-1

Harvard 300-1

Iona 300-1

Long Beach St. 300-1

Montana 300-1

New Mexico State 300-1

Ohio 300-1

St. Bonaventure 300-1

South Florida 300-1

VCU 300-1

Davidson 500-1

Detroit 500-1

Lehigh 500-1

Loyola (Md.) 500-1

Norfolk State 500-1

Lamar 1000-1

LIU 1000-1

Mississippi Valley State 1000-1

S. Dakota State 1000-1

UNC Asheville 1000-1

Vermont 1000-1

Western Kentucky 1000-1

Posted by:David Eckstein