On the whole, the 2020-21 NCAA men’s college basketball season faces the great unknown. College basketball is going to be played sometime in the next few months. There is too much money at stake to lose a second season. However, the specifics on how a season will be played are not yet worked out. College football has gotten underway and could be the key. Should the football season work it will open the door for College Basketball betting. One thing that hasn’t changed is the top wagering favorites. In like manner to college football, hoops have a blue blood element.
2020-21 College Basketball National Championship Odds
|Duke Blue Devils||+1400|
|Florida State Seminoles||+1500|
|Illinois Fighting Illini||+1500|
|Michigan State Spartans||+1500|
|West Virginia Mountaineers||+2000|
|Creighton Blue Jays||+2500|
|North Carolina Tar Heels||+2500|
|Ohio State Buckeyes||+3000|
|San Diego State Aztecs||+3000|
|All Other Teams||+3500 or more|
2020-21 College Basketball Betting Odds Analysis
So much about futures wagering is about the previous season. Ironic as that is last year has a major offshore bookmaker impact. In the same way, blue blood marquee brands will always dominate the futures board. That is simply a sports betting tradition.
Baylor has never won the national championship. But the Bears were so impressive last season that the public hasn’t forgotten. Villanova is “new money” that has broken through to blue blood status. While Gonzaga is a regular-season power that has never been able to finish with a natty. Iowa could be a team to keep an eye on. Coach Fran McCaffery’s team is loaded and experienced.
Now let’s take a look at some of the top college basketball programs. These favorites have the best chance to make the Final Four.
At the onset of the new season, Baylor will carry considerable cache. Last year the Bears posted a College Basketball Betting record of 26-4 straight up and 18-12 against the spread. The defense was the ticket to the Bears’ success. To show, Baylor ranked seventh in college basketball for points allowed. Head coach Scott Drew was named 2020 Big 12 Coach of the Year. His career record is 351-220. Drew has led Baylor Five National Tournaments in the last six completed seasons. Consider Baylor has two Elite eights and two sweet sixteen berths under Drew.
When head coach Jay Wright took over at Villanova the program was mired in mediocrity. In his fourth season, Wright began to move the needle. That 2005 tournament saw the Wildcats make the Sweet Sixteen. By 2009 Villanova made the Final Four. And then Wright and the Wildcats were national champions in 2016. Second national championship honors came in 2018. Villanova was 24-7 straight up and 14-15-2 against the spread when play stopped last March.
Namely Mark Few took over Gonzaga in 1999-20. Bulldog fans have been treated to a Big Dance ticket every season since. In 2017 Gonzaga made the national championship game. Overall, it was their only Final Four appearance. Gonzaga plays in the weaker West Coast Conference. They often struggle against tougher tournament teams.