College Basketball Futures Odds

Monday, March 18th, 2019

By Phil Simon
2019 NCAA Men Basketball Tournament

The 68-team field for the 2019 NCAA basketball tournament has been announced, and the odds for teams to cut down the nets in Minneapolis in April have been released. And to no one’s surprise the Duke Blue Devils are at the top of the list with odds of +175. The Dookies were the favorite even when there were concerns about the health of Zion Williamson. Those were answered in the ACC tournament and Duke appears poised to make the only year for the heralded freshman class a memorable one.

The beauty of the NCAA Tournament is that it’s just one game to advance. A lower-seed underdog has to play the game of its life for 40 minutes and history can be made. Doing that repeatedly is a tall order, that’s why the best of the best are listed at the top of the odds board. There’s a strong chance an ACC team reaches the Final Four, and we could see more. The league has three of the four top seeds in Duke, North Carolina and Virginia, and along with Gonzaga, they are the top four on the odds board.

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Here are the updated college basketball national championship odds.

Odds to win 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

  • Duke +175
  • North
  • Carolina +500
  • Gonzaga
  • +550
  • Virginia
  • +600
  • Michigan
  • State +900
  • Kentucky
  • +1200
  • Michigan
  • +1300
  • Tennessee
  • +1400
  • Texas
  • Tech +2000
  • Florida
  • State +3000
  • Purdue
  • +3000
  • Auburn
  • +4000
  • Houston
  • +4000
  • LSU +5000
  • Virginia
  • Tech +5000
  • Iowa
  • State +5000
  • Kansas
  • +6000
  • Villanova
  • +6000
  • Kansas
  • State +8000
  • Marquette
  • +8000
  • Cincinnati
  • +10000
  • Nevada
  • +10000
  • Wisconsin
  • +10000
  • Buffalo
  • +12500
  • Louisvill e +15000
  • Wofford
  • +15000
  • Syracuse
  • +15000
  • Oregon
  • +17500
  • Saint
  • Mary's CA +20000
  • Mississippi
  • St +20000
  • VA
  • Commonwealth +30000
  • Baylor
  • +30000
  • Maryland
  • +30000
  • Utah
  • State +30000
  • Iowa
  • +30000
  • Florida
  • +30000
  • Seton
  • Hall +50000
  • Minnesota
  • +50000
  • Oklahoma +50000
  • Central
  • Florida +50000
  • Washington
  • +50000
  • Mississippi
  • +50000
  • New
  • Mexico St. +50000
  • Murray
  • St. +50000
  • UC Irvine
  • +75000
  • Ohio
  • State +75000
  • Belmont
  • +100000
  • Arizona
  • State +100000
  • Northeastern
  • +100000
  • Yale
  • +100000
  • St. John's
  • +100000
  • Temple
  • +100000
  • Saint Louis
  • +100000
  • Old
  • Dominion +100000
  • Georgia
  • State +100000
  • Northern
  • Kentucky +100000
  • Liberty
  • +100000
  • Colgate
  • +200000
  • Montana
  • +200000
  • Vermont
  • +200000
  • Iona
  • +300000
  • North
  • Dakota St. +999999
  • Prairie
  • View A&M +999999
  • Fairleigh
  • Dickinson +999999
  • Bradley
  • +999999
  • Abilene
  • Christian +999999
  • Gardner
  • Webb +999999
  • NC Central
  • +999999

There is some history to consider when wagering on a team to win the national championship. The lowest seed to ever win a title since the field was expanded to 64 teams was the 1985 Villanova Wildcats, who advanced as the No. 8 seed to upset Georgetown. In fact, no team seeded below No. 8 has ever reached the title game, let alone win it. That eliminates half the field right there.

In case you were wondering the No. 8 seeds for the Dance are Syracuse ( +15000 ), Utah State ( +30000 ), VCU ( +30000 ) and Mississippi ( +50000 ).

It’s hard to look past Duke, though, now that Williamson is back. Zion tore up the ACC tournament and the Dookies got some revenge against UNC, beating the Heels in the semifinals before cruising past Florida State for the tournament title. The Blue Devils don’t have a lot of depth, and that could be their downfall. But they have three potential lottery picks and they are clearly the team to beat as long as they stay healthy.

Among the top-four favorites not from the ACC are the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who lost some of their shine with a loss to St. Mary’s in the WCC tournament final. The Zags cruised through their conference slate and hadn’t been challenged since December, so that game is a reminder that they have to be ready at all times.

Some folks might fade the Zags because of that loss, but in my eyes they are a stronger team because of it. And don’t forget they are one of the most efficient teams both offensively and defensively, and they beat a complete Duke squad in the non-conference portion of their schedule.

Don’t count out Tom Izzo and his Michigan State Spartans, who beat Michigan for the third time this season to win the Big Ten Conference tournament. They overcame the loss of Josh Langford and played several games without Nick Ward before his return. Cassius Winston is one of the best players in the country and Sparty found a way to make things work behind a potent offensive attack.

There is no perfect team, but there are some better built to handle the rigors of the Tournament schedule. The beauty of the Tournament is that you just don’t know what’s going to happen. My bracket has been busted in the first weekend for the past few years. And we saw the gap close even more last season when Virginia became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16.

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