College Basketball National Championship Odds and Expert Analysis and Predictions
There is no rest for the wicked in the sports betting industry. Minutes after the last piece of confetti fell from the rafters at Lucas Oil Stadium, and Baylor was crowned National Champions, sportsbooks around the world were putting out National Championship odds for the upcoming 2021/22 season. For most, the thought of having to wait an entire year to hopefully cash a futures ticket is asinine. For some, these early National Championship numbers are some of the best odds you’ll get on certain teams as we head into the offseason. Some teams are simply going to reload on five-star recruits, while some teams are going to be looking for the next batch of underclassmen to step up and play bigger roles. Without further ado, here are the odds for next year’s NCAA Championship.
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NCAA Basketball National Championship Odds
Perhaps on a different day of the week, Gonzaga would have completed the dream season and won the national title with an undefeated season. There are no questions about the magnitude of the loss that the Zags suffered as they fell short once again, which is seemingly always the case for them. The disappointment will linger throughout the offseason. And with a team that’s losing key players like Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert, the Zags seemingly have a long way to go to get back to the Finals and have a shot at redemption. So why are they the overwhelming favorite? Well because they are well-coached, and they have become a hotspot for top-ranked recruits. They were able to land the second five-star recruit in Gonzaga history, Hunter Sallis. Sallis is highly regarded as one of the top point guards in the country, and the Zags are hoping his presence will encourage other top recruits to come. Additionally, they have high-skilled players returning like Drew Timme and Andrew Nembhard. The Zags have won 30 or more games in five straight seasons and should be ranked near the top of the AP standings, barring a terrible season in West Coast Conference play.
Florida State +1400, Michigan +1400, Ohio State +1600, Villanova +1600
Florida State has been a program on the rise for the last few seasons, and they are expected to be among the elites of college basketball if they can get everyone to buy in and take the next step when the NCAA Tournament rolls around. Florida State, led by coach Leonard Hamilton, will have to deal with the losses of key guys like M.J. Walker, Scottie Barnes, and possibly Raiquan Gray, who is expected to test the NBA Draft market. Those losses will hurt, but the Seminoles are still a deep team that returns plenty of quality players. Anthony Polite returns for another year, as does Balsa Koprivica, and Hamilton will have a few seven-footers to throw at teams to change things up. The Seminoles also have a deep recruiting class, as they have Caleb Mills (transfer from Houston) and incoming freshmen like Matthew Cleveland and Jalen Warley, who they expect to add solid contributions in the form of scoring from the perimeter.
As for Michigan, they were extremely pissed off to have their season come to a crashing conclusion, but the Wolverines should be back barring no major surprises in terms of guys leaving for the NBA or injuries throughout the season. Assuming the key guys stay, Hunter Dickinson is a good piece, but Franz Wagner might be the most important piece to stay as he’s currently projected into many first-round NBA mock drafts. The Wolverines do have the No. 1 recruiting class that features two five-star big men, Caleb Houstan and Moussa Diabate. The issues are on the perimeter, and with Isaiah Livers not projected as a first-round NBA player, he could return, which bodes well for the team.
In terms of Ohio State, they were an up-and-down team last year, but the majority of the “ups” came when it mattered most. Ideally, they would prefer not to lose star forward, E.J Liddle, but he’s declared for the draft despite retaining his eligibility. Barring a miraculous rise up the rankings, its expected that he return to Ohio, along with Duane Washington and Justice Sueing. This trio gives the Buckeyes a solid core to build around and the potential to be among the top teams in the Big Ten in the upcoming season.
And lastly, there is a feeling of “unfinished business” surrounding Villanova. They were not the greatest Villanova team we’ve seen over the last handful of years, but they survived and made the NCAA Tournament. Losing point guard Collin Gillespie really affected the Wildcats’ chances at making a deep run, but he will be back healthy for the upcoming season. And with him leading the charge, the Wildcats do have the supporting pieces needed to make a deep tournament run.
Baylor +2000, Kansas +2000, Duke +2500, Houston +2500, Illinois +2500, Kentucky +2500, Louisville +2500, Texas Tech +2500, UCLA +2500, Virginia +2500, Virginia Tech +2500.
As for the rest of the teams chasing Gonzaga in terms of odds, the defending champs, Baylor, are slated for a slight rebuild as they are expected to lose Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell to the NBA. I don’t see them defending their title or even coming close to doing so.
One team you should take a shot with is UCLA – who showed us that they can in fact contend with the big boys and took Gonzaga to the wire in their Final Four encounter. They are expecting big things out of five-star recruit, Peyton Watson, and the return of Johnny Juzang will only bolster the starting five. This may be the best value on the board given the system in place and the building blocks that were planted last season.
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