No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 3 Villanova are the odds-on favorites to win it all at +950, but they are separated from the other three squads by razor-thin margins. No. 5 Iowa is sitting at +1000 while No. 2 Baylor and No. 4 Virginia are at +1100.
Iowa’s high ranking and odds to win it all are no surprise. They are bringing back Big Ten Player of the Year and consensus All-American Luka Garza for another go after their 2020 season was cut short due to the coronavirus shutdown.
However, Iowa’s ranking and betting odds might be a little too high. Iowa was just 11-9 in the Big Ten last season and they struggled against bottomfeeders like Purdue and Nebraska. Tread carefully with the Hawkeyes if you are considering putting money on them to win the National Championship.
We could see a possible National Championship preview early on in the season if Baylor and Villanova meet in Connecticut. Of course, nothing is ever set in stone given the tenuous nature of this season and the second wave of coronavirus, but Baylor vs. Villanova would be a tremendous early test for both these teams. Baylor’s schedule is jam-packed this year.
Top-ranked Baylor’s first 5 games this season.
Nov. 25: No. 14 Arizona State (Conn.)
Nov. 26: No. 2 Villanova (possible in Conn.)
Nov. 29: at No. 30 Seton Hall
Dec. 2: No. 8 Illinois (Indy)
Dec. 5: No. 3 Gonzaga (Indy)
ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT SCOTT DREW HAS PUT THIS TOGETHER!
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) November 9, 2020
These college basketball odds are courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.
AP Top 25 Poll With Odds To Win Title
|#1 Gonzaga Bulldogs||+950|
|#2 Baylor Bears||+1100|
|#3 Villanova Wildcats||+950|
|#4 Virginia Cavaliers||+1100|
|#5 Iowa Hawkeyes||+1000|
|#6 Kansas Jayhawks||+1800|
|#7 Wisconsin Badgers||+1800|
|#8 Illinois Fighting Illini||+1500|
|#9 Duke Blue Devils||+1600|
|#10 Kentucky Wildcats||+1300|
|#11 Creighton Blue Jays||+2300|
|#12 Tennessee Volunteers||+2800|
|#13 Michigan State Spartans||+1800|
|#14 Texas Tech Red Raiders||+2800|
|#15 West Virginia Mountaineers||+2300|
|#16 North Carolina Tar Heels||+2800|
|#17 Houston Cougars||+2500|
|#18 Arizona State Sun Devils||+2300|
|#19 Texas Longhorns||+2800|
|#20 Oregon Ducks||+2800|
|#21 Florida State Seminoles||+2500|
|#22 UCLA Bruins||+3300|
|#23 Ohio State Buckeyes||+2800|
|#24 Rutgers Scarlet Knights||N/A|
|#25 Michigan Wolverines||+2800|