NCAA Championship Odds
College basketball is back! After an eight month hiatus, college basketball is going to tip-off on Thanksgiving Eve. Will the 2020-2021 season be your typical college basketball season? Absolutely not, but that does not mean we can’t enjoy it and maybe make a little money along the way.
The Wildcats are the betting favorites to cut down the nets in Indianapolis. Collin Gillespie and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl are one of the best duos in the nation, but at only 6/1 on your money there just is not enough value here for me. I may even argue that Creighton could be the best team in the Big East over Villanova. I am staying away.
The Bulldogs are the deepest roster in all of NCAA basketball in my mind. The breaking news is that Andrew Nembhard waiver has been granted adding another threat to the Bulldogs backcourt. Gonzaga is not letting 2020 get in the way of a tough non-conference schedule. Gonzaga plays Kansas, Baylor and Iowa all before Christmas.
Nembhard, Jalen Suggs, Joel Ayayi, Aaron Cook and Dominick Harris make up the best backcourt in the nation. Nembhard, who mostly played point guard at Florida, will get time off the ball with Suggs handling the point guard duties. You add whatever trio you want to Drew Timme and Corey Kispert up front and you have a heck of a starting five. I am all over the Bulldogs at +700. With the Nembhard news I would not be shocked to see Gonzaga pass Villanova as the odds on favorites at most sites.
Luke Garza may win National Player of the Year, but there is no value here at +800. The Hawkeyes play in a loaded Big Ten and could easily finish 5th or 6th behind Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and either Ohio State or Indiana. I would not touch the Hawkeyes.
Behind Gonzaga this would be my second favorite team to win the title. Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell and MaCio Teague are a trio that could do some damage in March. Scott Drew will have this team playing great defense and if this team can be top 20 on offense they could be taking home a Big 12 and National Championship.
This number is one history alone. This isn’t even a top 15 team this year. Hard Pass!
Solid team as usual for the Cavaliers. Sam Hauser and Jay Huff should be as tough as they come for front court duos. I am just not sure this team has enough when it comes to guard play. If I am betting the favorites I am sticking with Baylor and Gonzaga, but this Virginia team is good enough to make another trip to the Final Four.
There may not be a better 1-2 duo in the nation than Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn. Dosunmu is my bet for player of the year. The only thing that scares me for this Illini team is lack of depth. If freshman Adam Miller can prove he is ready to be a star right away this team could be a bargain at 13/1. Andre Curbelo could be another freshman to watch, but might have trouble getting on the court behind Dosunmu, Miller and Trent Frazier.
Texas Tech +2500
Chris Beard not only dominated the transfer market, as usual, but he put together a great class with star freshman Nimarri Burnett and Micah Peavy to go with transfers Mac McClung and Marcus Santos-Silva. Not sure how well McClung fits into Beard’s system, but even after all the departures the Red Raiders should be solid again.
Shaka Smart has definitely been a bit of a disappointment for the Longhorns. This could be the year he silences the doubters. This will be Smart’s deepest team. The Big 12 is loaded against but the Longhorns will have no problem keeping up in the talent department with Andruw Jones, who may not even start, Matt Coleman, Courtney Ramey and Jericho Sims this team will be tough to stop defensively.
Who doesn’t love a Cinderella story? Here are a few teams that could make a deep run in March that you wouldn’t expect.
St. Louis +10,000
Travis Ford has a really good team. The problem is the Billikens may not even be the best team in the Atlantic 10. If they can win the conference tourney, or if Richmond and the Billikens could both make the tournament, this team could make a run. Jordan Goodwin might be one of the most fun guards to watch in the nation, especially considering he struggles shooting the ball. If Goodwin figures out a shot, look for the senior trio of Goodwin, Hasahn French and Javonte Perkins to make some noise in March.
You never see major conference teams with odds this big. Kermit David can really coach and Arizona State transfer Romello White should fit in nicely with Devontae Shuler and KJ Buffen. Don’t be surprised if this team surprises some people and finishes in the top 5 of the SEC and punches a ticket to the NCAA tournament.