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Odds to win 2019 NCAA Basketball Championship

Jalen Brunson #1 of the Villanova Wildcats celebrates with the trophy after the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game against the Michigan Wolverines at the Alamodome on April 2, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas.

With recruiting classes finalized, the Kentucky Wildcats are the betting favorite to win the 2019 NCAA Basketball championship at +600. Duke (+650), pre-draft favorite Kansas (+800) and defending champion Villanova (+850) are also early contenders in the eyes of oddsmakers.

Kentucky The Early Betting Favorite

John Calipari’s Wildcats hold the distinction of leading all NCAA schools in NCAA Tournament appearances (58), games won (126) and Sweet 16 appearances (43) and have played in 17 Final Fours (second all-time). Their eight NCAA championships are second only to UCLA’s 11 national titles. Kentucky’s last three titles have come since UCLA last won in 1995, with the Wildcats most recently hoisting the trophy in 2012.

Four members of the 2017-18 Wildcats were selected in the NBA draft: Kevin Knox to the Knicks at No. 9, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to Charlotte at 11, Jarred Vanderbilt to Orlando at 41 and Hamidou Diallo to Brooklyn at 45. A fifth player, Wenyen Gabriel, went unselected at the draft but signed with Sacramento’s Summer League squad. Sacha Killeya-Jones and Tai Wynyard have decided to transfer. Despite this egregious exodus, Kentucky is the betting favorite at +600.

The jump to odds-on favorite occurred when Stanford graduate transfer Reid Travis decided to finish his NCAA career in Lexington. The six-foot-eight power forward averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds in his final year at Stanford, earning first-team All-Pac-12 status for the second straight campaign. Kentucky also added five of the top 40 prospects available in the 2018 recruiting class, including the top-ranked power forward, six-foot-10 EJ Montgomery. Guard Ashton Hagans, guard Immanuel Quickley and small forward Keldon Johnson are all top-20 recruits. Tyler Herro, a shooting guard from Milwaukee, was ranked 38th.

Coach K Nabs The Top Three Recruits Available

Duke will be looking for its sixth NCAA championship and fourth since this year’s recruiting class was born. The Blue Devils are +650 at Bovada. Despite losing their entire starting lineup to the NBA draft and free agency, there is an air of expectancy in Durham as Mike Krzyzewski has recruited each of the top three available high schoolers.

No. 1-ranked RJ Barrett is currently contributing with the Canadian senior men’s team before even stepping foot onto an NCAA court. Barrett is a potential No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NBA draft. Six-foot-six Zion Williamson from Spartanburg, South Carolina is a lefty who has a mean streak and doesn’t mind playing through contact. Combine this with his athleticism and scouts are expecting big things.

Cameron Reddish is 6-7 and has a 7-1 wingspan. Reddish is regarded as maybe the most well-rounded 2018 recruit because of his play away from the ball. He doesn’t possess the same explosiveness as Barrett or Williamson but makes up for it with his cerebral play. Tre Jones, the No. 12 recruit in the nation, is fourth best among this group. Wow.

Pre-Draft Favorite Kansas now +800

Bill Self is hoping the taste of success from advancing to last season’s Final Four is enough to get his returning players to buy in again and push for an NCAA championship once more in 2019. The Jayhawks lost two players to the NBA, Devonte’ Graham to Atlanta and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk to the Lakers. Both players were also graduates, and thus were never counted on to be back.

Forgoing his junior year, Malik Newman entered the draft and signed with the Lakers upon not being drafted. Nigerian Udoka Azubuike initially declared for the draft but the seven-footer pulled out to return for his junior year, much to the delight of Jayhawks fans.

Kansas has two five-star recruits headed its way this season. Guards Quentin Grimes (The Woodlands, Texas) and Devon Dotson (Charlotte, North Carolina) will be joined by fellow McDonald’s All-American David McCormack, a 6-10 center from Norfolk, Virginia. Kansas is offering good value to bettors at +800 as the Jayhawks were seen as the favorites as recently as a month ago by oddsmakers and college basketball pundits.

Below is a full list of 2019 NCAA Basketball championship odds:

2018-19 College BASKETBALL Champion Odds
North Carolina+1400
Michigan State+3300
Virginia Tech+4000
West Virginia+4500
Texas Tech+6600
Wichita State+6600
Arizona State+8000
Ohio State+8000
Miami (FL)+8000
NC State+8000
Mississippi State+9000
Penn State+9000
Florida State+9000
Texas A&M+9900
Seton Hall+9900
St. John's+9900
Kansas State+10000
Notre Dame+15000
Loyola University Chicago+20000
Iowa State+20000

Odds as of June 27 at Bovada

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And then there were two. The field of 68 has been slowly whittled down and now only the Villanova Wildcats and Michigan Wolverines remain. Villanova is a heavy favorite to win the national championship, being pegged as -290 chalk for the finals matchup with Michigan, which comes back at +245.

The Wildcats, who have been at or near the top of the oddsboard all season long, have looked absolutely unstoppable during the tournament with more than a few similarities to their national championship-winning team from two years ago. The Wolverines’ road has not been as easy but their stellar defensive play has the team riding a 14-game winning streak entering the finals.

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Odds to win the 2018 NCAA Basketball championship

Odds as of April 2 at Bovada

  • Villanova -290
  • Michigan +245

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The field of national championship hopefuls has been whittled down to four – and it perfectly encapsulates the madness that comes during March. Villanova is -110 to cut down the nets in San Antonio followed by Michigan (+250), Kansas (+350) and Loyola-Chicago (+850). 

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Odds to win the 2018 NCAA Basketball championship

Odds as of March 31 at Bovada

  • Villanova -110
  • Michigan +250
  • Kansas +350
  • Loyola-Chicago +850

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The NCAA men’s basketball tournament has been whittled down to six teams and the Villanova Wildcats are the odds-on favorite at +200 to be the last team standing in March Madness.

Online sportsbook Bovada has Villanova in the top spot followed by Michigan at +220, Duke at +350, Kansas at +650, Loyola-Chicago at +900, and Texas Tech at +1500 to round out the field.

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Odds to win the 2018 NCAA Basketball championship

Odds as of March 25 at Bovada

  • Villanova (1) +200
  • Michigan (3) +220
  • Duke (2) +325
  • Kansas (1) +650
  • Loyola-Chicago (11) +900
  • Texas Tech (3) +1500

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After five days and 44 games, March Madness has certainly lived up to its name.

No. 1 overall seed Virginia was defeated by 16 seed UMBC on Friday and the race for the NCAA college basketball national title is wide open with Villanova (+500) as the odds-on favorite to cut down the nets on April 2.

With the Cavaliers going home, Villanova is followed on the oddsboard by Duke at +575, Kansas and Michigan State at +900, Michigan and Kentucky at +1000, Gonzaga at +1100, Cincinnati at +1285, North Carolina at +1400 and Xavier at +1600 to round out the top 10.

Villanova, Duke, Kansas, Michigan, Kentucky, and Gonzaga have already punched their ticket to the Sweet 16, while Michigan State, Cincinnati and North Carolina look to survive and advance on Sunday to wrap up the first weekend of March Madness.

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Odds to win the 2018 NCAA Basketball championship

Odds as of March 18 at 5Dimes

  • Villanova +500
  • Duke +540
  • Kansas +900
  • Michigan State +900
  • Michigan +1000
  • Kentucky +1000
  • Gonzaga +1100
  • Cincinnati +1285
  • North Carolina +1400
  • Xavier +1600
  • Purdue +2000
  • Texas Tech +3000
  • West Virginia +3300
  • Auburn +5000
  • Texas A&M +10000
  • Clemson +12500
  • Florida State +15000
  • Loyola-Chicago +17500
  • Butler +19000
  • Nevada +19000
  • Kansas State +23000
  • Syracuse +40000
  • Marshall +50000
  • UMBC +75000

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, it’s not Christmas, it’s the conference tournaments for NCAA college basketball and before each tourney gets into the quarterfinals, oddsmakers have placed the Virginia Cavaliers, Duke Blue Devils and Villanova Wildcats as +600 favorites to win the national championship.


The Cavaliers and Wildcats have dominated the ACC and Big East respectively this season and are rightfully at the top of the list at sportsbook BetOnlineVirginia is 28-2 SU this season with only one loss in conference play and held teams to an astounding 52.8 points per game, which ranks No. 1 in the country.

On the flip side, Villanova has the No. 1-ranked offense in the nation, averaging 87.2 points, and is battle-tested in the postseason, having secured a No. 1 seed the last two seasons, including a national championship in 2016. Both of these teams will be tough outs in their conference tournaments and are in line for a 1 seed in March Madness.


The public picks like Duke and defending national champion North Carolina (+2000) will always be teams you can count on to make noise in March Madness. But they both have some ugly losses this season that may be hard to reconcile for bettors when getting in a single-game elimination tourney, especially when potentially facing teams like Villanova and Virginia.

Rising teams that should catch your attention include the Michigan Wolverines at +1200 and Xavier Musketeers at +2000. The Wolverines, who won the Big Ten tournament last weekend and seem to play their best basketball in March, are led by junior forward Moritz Wagner.

Xavier is a potential 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and senior Trevon Bluiett has carried his squad to the best record in the Big East. The Musketeers had signature wins vs Cincinnati and Seton Hall in conference play and made it to the Elite Eight in last year’s March Madness tourney. Although they fell short both times vs Villanova this season, the Musketeers were the best rebounding team in the Big East and ranked second in points per game.


All sleepers are worth wagering on in March Madness (except No. 16 seeds). Hence the name. That being said, teams like West Virginia and Florida should be on your radar when the tournament tips off next week.

West Virginia is listed at +2500 and coming out of the Big 12, each game during conference play has the feel of a playoff game due to the talent level and coaching from each squad. The Mountaineers play suffocating defense and Bob Huggins led them to the Sweet 16 last season.

Florida (+2000) is always an intriguing team due to how it performs in the postseason. The Gators made it to the Elite Eight last year and are returning most of their squad from that run. The SEC isn’t as competitive as in years past and with some ugly losses earlier in the year on their resume, the Gators might be throwing bettors off their scent.


Odds as of March 6 at BetOnline

  • Virginia +600
  • Villanova +600
  • Duke +600
  • Michigan State +700
  • Purdue +1200
  • Michigan +1200
  • Kansas +1600
  • Arizona +2000
  • Xavier +2000
  • North Carolina +2000
  • Florida +2000
  • Cincinnati +2000
  • Tennessee +2000
  • Wichita State +2500
  • West Virginia +2500
  • Gonzaga +2500
  • Texas Tech +2500
  • Kentucky +4000
  • Texas A&M +4000
  • Ohio State +4000
  • Saint Mary’s +5000
  • Oklahoma +5000
  • Auburn +5000
  • Virginia Tech +6600
  • Clemson +8000
  • Miami (FL) +10000
  • Missouri +10000
  • Alabama +10000
  • NC State +10000
  • Arizona State +12500
  • Texas +12500
  • Penn State +12500
  • Rhode Island +12500
  • Seton Hall +12500
  • Florida State +12500
  • Notre Dame +12500
  • Arkansas +12500
  • Houston +12500
  • Syracuse +15000
  • TCU +15000
  • Loyola-Chicago +15000
  • Oklahoma State +20000
  • Nevada +20000
  • Middle Tennessee +20000
  • Providence +20000
  • Baylor +20000
  • USC +20000
  • Creighton +20000
  • New Mexico State +20000
  • St. John’s +25000
  • Washington +25000
  • Indiana +25000
  • Louisville +25000
  • Butler +25000
  • UCLA +25000
  • Mississippi State +25000
  • Kansas State +25000
  • Harvard +50000
  • Vermont +50000
  • Florida Gulf Coast +50000
  • Pennsylvania +50000
  • South Dakota State +50000
  • Rider +100000
  • Buffalo +100000
  • Toledo +100000
  • Nicholls +100000
  • Louisiana +100000
  • Montana +100000
  • UNC Asheville +100000
  • Charleston +100000
  • Winthrop +100000
  • Savannah State +100000
  • St. Bonaventure +100000