At the onset of the college basketball season is Michigan State tabbed as the best. Certainly, the Spartans have everything needed for a deep College basketball betting run this year. Following Michigan State are a host of traditional blue blood powers as betting chalks. Kentucky is always in the conversation for a Final Four bid and that is again the case this year. Kansas may be in the midst of a federal investigation but is loaded if and until they are banned. Following the Jayhawks are marquee brands North Carolina and Duke.
College Basketball 2019-20 National Championship Futures Odds
Michigan State 6/1, Kentucky 7/1, Kansas 8/1, Duke 10/1, North Carolina 10/1, Louisville 14/1, Florida 16/1, Memphis 16/1, Villanova 18/1, Virginia 20/1, Gonzaga 25/1, Arizona 30/1, Oregon 30/1, Texas Tech 30/1.
Michigan State Spartans
Fashion that Cassius Winston could have turned professional but instead returned for his senior season. Winston was the Big Ten Conference’s most valuable player last year. Without question, Winston will enter the season as the top player in the country. Additionally, head coach Tom Izzo is a Hall of Famer. Izzo has a record of accomplishment that gamblers find confidence in.
At the beginning of a conversation about Kentucky is head coach John Calipari. U of K gets the best-recruiting classes in the country each year thanks to coach Cal. The reverse of that is a record of disappointment as far as postseason sports betting results. To illuminate Calipari has won just one national championship in his time at Lexington. But the Cats are always in the hunt. Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey make for one of the elite backcourt tandems in the land.
Above all, there will be a dark cloud hovering over Kansas all season. The NCAA has served notice about allegations of impropriety. Head coach Bill Self is on tape making pretty shady comments about illegal player compensation. Despite the off the court issues KU is talented enough to win it all. Udoka Azubuike is a key College basketball betting asset as one of the top centers in the land. Devon Dotson is an elite point guard. Of great concern is how the off-court issues may affect on-court focus. Kansas has the raw materials but can they overcome the noise?
Namely head coach Jay Wright gives Nova instant credibility with gamblers. This year Wright has a young but highly talented roster that will mature over time. Saddiq Bey and Jermaine Samuels are primed for breakout seasons and there is supporting depth. While some say Nova is still a year away Wright has the proven ability to smash those timetables. This is a team that can bring betting value.
Duke Blue Devils
Likewise, to Kentucky, the Duke program always recruits well. The departure of Zion Williamson leaves huge shoes to fill. Initially, that has scared off some gamblers but Mike Krzyzewski is the one constant. The Hall of Fame coach has the Midas touch when it comes to replenishing a roster.
North Carolina Tar Heels
And then there is North Carolina and head coach Roy Williams. Consider their hated rivalry with Duke. The man to watch his year is Cole Anthony. To begin with, he will be one of the most dominant freshmen in the game. At the same time, this is a young team. But Williams will no doubt get them up to speed.