Last Updated on November 25, 2020
The college basketball season is finally here and there is already serious action on National Championship futures at William Hill Sportsbook. Iowa is bringing in the most tickets (17%) and cash (14%) of any team in the country.
At +1800 odds, bettors are putting their faith in 2019-20 consensus first-team All-American Luka Garza. Iowa returns all five starters and are getting two key bench players, Jordan Bohannon and Jack Nunge, back from injury.
However, there’s reason to believe these Hawkeyes might be paper tigers. Iowa finished last year 16-15, but they had a losing record in the Big Ten. The conference will be as tough as ever this year and that could hurt their seeding come tournament time. Although there is the possibility that the difficult conference schedule will help prepare Iowa for a deep run into March.
Either way, the public is extremely interested in the Hawkeyes. It also helps that mobile sports betting is legal in Iowa and William Hill Sportsbook is available in the state.
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Gonzaga Seeing Significant Action
Although Iowa tops both lists here, Gonzaga is right behind the Hawkeyes in each category. The Bulldogs are bringing in 12% of the overall action on National Championship Futures, but they only account for 9% of bet tickets. Bettors who like Gonzaga, really like Gonzaga this year. The same can be said for Baylor, but there is more widespread support for Gonzaga at +700 odds to win it all.
Gonzaga is the preseason No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 Poll and the favorite to raise a championship trophy in April. They were already loaded, but Gonzaga’s lineup will be bolstered by Florida transfer Andrew Nembhard, who was granted immediate eligibility.
The Bulldogs were 31-2 at the time of the shutdown last season and they looked poised to make a run at the school’s first National Championship. Plenty of bettors at William Hill expect Gonzaga to take that momentum into the 2020-21 season.