Despite the brawl with Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse, which saw four Kansas players receive suspensions, Kansas (+900) is at the top of BetAmerica’s NCAA championship futures odds board.
When Georgia Tech visits Louisville on Wednesday night, the matchup will feature two teams with divergent trajectories, and represents nothing but opportunity for the Yellow Jackets.
Duke and Gonzaga now lead all teams with the lowest odds to win it all at +1000. Which is the better bet? Let’s take a look at their individual seasons and how that sets up for a run in the tournament.
Florida State was the last team to defeat Virginia last season, before the Cavaliers went on a run to win the ACC and the national championship. When the teams meet Wednesday, Jan. 15, the Seminoles will look to defend that win, while Virginia will try to right the ship after a series of losses has led to an exit from the AP Top 25 for the first time in 46 weeks.
As Kansas heads into Big 12 conference play, it also enters the top five teams with the best odds to win the national championship. The Jayhawks have seen some fluctuation in the odds throughout the season, but are surging once again ahead of this weekend’s game against West Virginia.
After Christmas comes the long lines at the mall to return that shirt that’s two sizes too small, or the sweater your great aunt was sure you’d love. And as we all make our exchanges, it’s time to reevaluate some teams we were buying at the beginning of the season as title contenders. Surely many Michigan State bettors are looking for the customer service counter, as the Spartans’ odds to win it all have dropped from second place at +1000 to +1600, just in the last week.
There’s a new No. 1 again this week in college basketball. Only seven weeks into the season, Kansas is the fifth team to reach the top spot, and while college basketball fans and bettors try to make heads or tails of the parity across the country this season, Kansas’s odds to win it all in March are starting to drop.
North Carolina will take the court in Spokane, Washington on Wednesday, and what awaits the Tar Heels on the end of the cross-country trip likely won’t be another feather in Roy Williams’ cap. North Carolina is on a losing streak, has dropped out of the Top 25 and will be without star Cole Anthony. Gonzaga sits at No. 2 in the nation and looks poised to secure a statement win in front of a sellout home crowd and a national-television audience.
It seems like the Kentucky Wildcats are in the national championship discussion every year. Head coach John Calipari brings in a class of highly touted recruits and finds himself ranked in the preseason nearly every year. This season was no exception, as UK was ranked in the top five and reached No. 1 early in the season.
No. 5 Michigan will travel to Champaign to take on Illinois Wednesday night, in an early Big Ten test for both teams. Michigan enters off a 103-91 win over Iowa, while Illinois is still stinging from a 59-58 loss to No. 4 Maryland.