2021 NCAA Tournament Champion Odds: Gonzaga and Duke Favored

2021 College Basketball Futures Released

Unfortunately, the 2020 college basketball season ended with no NCAA Tournament, which means there were no champions to crown. With the 2020 season behind us, odds have already been posted for the 2021 season. You can bet on who you believe will win the National Championship with a plethora of options and favorable odds. Let’s take a look at the 2021 college basketball title odds, courtesy of William Hill Sportsbook.

 

2021 NCAA College Basketball National Title Odds – Duke, Villanova, Gonzaga Favored, Creighton Odds Fall

SchoolOdds to Win 2021 College Basketball Championship
GONZAGA10/1
DUKE10/1
VILLANOVA10/1
KANSAS12/1
VIRGINIA12/1
BAYLOR14/1
KENTUCKY14/1
CREIGHTON20/1
MICHIGAN STATE20/1
FLORIDA STATE25/1

The above are the top 10 in terms of odds to win the college basketball national title in 2021, odds courtesy of William Hill. With the season still months away, these odds will certainly change based on official recruiting classes and any transfers. For the time being, it’s the traditional programs at the top with Creighton and Baylor sprinkled in. Kentucky currently has the top-rated incoming recruiting class per 247 Sports, with Duke just behind it and UNC in third. With many top freshman leaving for the NBA, the recruiting rankings will be an important way to look at the futures market.

For a list of full odds, see William Hill Sportsbook when odds are updated.

 

Villanova Basketball Championship Odds Soar to +1000

Bettors must love betting on ‘Nova, as the Wildcats’ futures odds have shot up to 10:1 on William Hill Sportsbook. They are co-leaders with Duke and Gonzaga for the 2021 College Basketball title, but we are a long way away. Villanova benefits from top-tier prospects not skipping their program for the G League and returning some top talent. Will the Wildcats remain the favorite in the offseason? Time will tell. CBSSports has Villanova listed as third in early May.

 

College Basketball Powerhouses Lead NCAA Futures Market

Familiar names are atop the chart, with Gonzaga, Duke, Kentucky, and Kansas all tied at +1000, and Virginia just behind them at +1200. Gonzaga, Duke, and Kentucky all have top-10 classes on 247 sports, but Kansas is currently 16th in the country as far as recruiting classes go. That gives the leg up to Gonzaga, Duke, and Kentucky for the time being. With that being said, if 2020 Kansas players return to the team for the 2021 season it will be a loaded roster looking for a chance at redemption as the Jayhawks have some unfinished business from the 2020 season.

 

Can North Carolina Basketball Rebound in 2021?

The UNC Tar Heels were dreadful by their standards in 2020, as they finished with a 14-19 record and a horrible 6-14 record in the ACC. Only Pittsburgh finished with a lower record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Can UNC rebound from a bad year last year? Absolutely. Currently, the Tar Heels have the third-ranked class by 247 sports and have already signed three five-star athletes. Day’Ron Sharpe, Walker Kessler, and Caleb Love are all signed with UNC and are ready to bring the program back to the top. With four top-50 players signed already and some 2020 players returning, UNC is set for a big year in 2021. Their odds are currently 40:1 on William Hill Sportsbook.

 

Iowa Hawkeyes are the Most Popular NCAA Tournament Bet

As our own Ben Heisler wrote about, Iowa is the most popular college basketball futures bet as of early April. As you can see from the image above, there is a massive influx on Iowa at William Hill sportsbooks, which can mean one thing…are Iowa bettors betting on the home team? Likely, but 30 percent is a very large number. Iowa sits at 30/1 to win the 2021 National Championship.

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NCAA Tournament Upset Pick Trends

When looking for the big upsets in the NCAA Tournament, we have to examine the 9-16 seeds historical performance.

– #9 seeds first round record: (93-160) 36.8%
– #10 seeds first round record: (100-160) 38.5%
– #11 seeds first round record: (91-156) 36.8%
– #12 seeds first round record: (71-156) 31.3%
– #13 seeds first round record: (33-136) 19.5%
– #14 seeds first round record: (23-136) 14.5%
– #15 seeds first round record: (9-136) 6.2%
– #16 seeds first round record: (1-136) 0.7%

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