2021 NCAA Tournament Champion Odds: Gonzaga odds to win title at +300
As the new year begins, college basketball becomes more and more popular to the sports bettor. Of course, we know we can wager on college basketball games each night but there are also futures to take advantage of as the season moves on. 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 the various legal sportsbooks available.
Gonzaga leads 2021 NCAA College Basketball National Title Odds
Updated 2021 College Basketball Futures at William Hill Sportsbook
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The above are the top 10 in terms of odds to win the college basketball national title in 2021, odds courtesy of William Hill. For the time being, it’s the traditional programs at the top with Illinois and Baylor sprinkled in. Kentucky had 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.
The only movement into September was the Illinois Fighting Illini creeping into the top 10 at 20/1. This movement has not changed into October, but as November approaches the Baylor Bears have crept into the favorite conversation at +1000 and West Virginia joined the top 10 in early November at +1800. As of mid-November, Villanova rose to +900 and the rest of the top 10 settled in at +1600 odds or better.
As the season began, Gonzaga quickly rose to the top as favorites to win the title at +850, with Nova falling slightly to +900. As December began, Gonzaga pulled away at bit at +550, but Villanova’s odds are set at +850. After the halfway point of December, Gonzaga moved up to +500, with Baylor behind them at +800. Villanova fell back to +1000.
As of the end of 2020, Gonzaga’s odds skyrocketed to +300 to win the National Title. They are by far the best team in college basketball, and as of the end of 2020 look to be the team poised for the best chance at a run.
The 2021 calendar year began with the same team at the top, as Gonzaga’s odds dropped a tad to +325, but still a favorite. Tennessee entered the top 10 with +2000 odds, and Texas has +1800 odds to win it all.
As January came to a close, Gonzaga’s odds rose again to +300 at William Hill, with others moving slightly as well including Baylor going from +800 to +700.
For a list of full odds, see William Hill Sportsbook.
Iowa Hawkeyes National Championship Odds move to +1000
“It didn’t feel right leaving my brothers… We want to win a National Championship.” 🏆
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) January 14, 2021
The Iowa Hawkeyes are for real, as their odds are +1000 to win the title. This is a legitimate program with one of the best players in the country in Luka Garza. They will be a force to be reckoned with in the tournament, as most teams do not have a player that has the ability to defend a player like Garza. At +1000, Iowa’s odds could increase as the conference tournaments and March Madness gets closer.
Villanova National Title Odds at +700 on DraftKings Sportsbook as season starts
As the 2020-2021 college basketball season gets closer, the odds on who will win the National have begun to change. Currently in early November, Villanova is favored at DraftKings Sportsbook (+700) to win the title. Following Villanova are:
- Baylor (+800)
- Gonzaga (+800)
- Iowa (+800)
- Virginia (+900)
- Kentucky (+900)
- Kansas (+1100)
- Wisconsin (+1200)
For a full list of odds, check out DraftKings Sportsbook.
Villanova Basketball Championship Odds +1000 as summer approaches
— CBS Sports CBB (@CBSSportsCBB) May 5, 2020
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
2021 College Basketball Title Futures have been released
Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, & Kentucky lead the way at 10-1
— SportsLine (@SportsLine) March 24, 2020
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?
UNC had the most signees/commits named to the 2020 McDonald’s All-American game.
Day’Ron Sharpe, R.J. Davis, Caleb Love, Walker Kessler were named.
— Jonathan M Alexander (@jonmalexander) January 23, 2020
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
— Ben Heisler (@bennyheis) April 17, 2020
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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