Betting Odds to Win The 2020 NCAA Basketball Championship
by Dave Schwab Scores & Statson
A new season of college basketball tips off on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Right off the bat, there are two major showdowns on the board between the top four teams in the nation using the preseason rankings in the Associated Press Top 25.
The State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden features a 7 p.m. tip on the undercard between the ACC’s No. 4 Duke Blue Devils against the Big 12’s No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks. The main event on ESPN that night is a scheduled 9 p.m. showdown between the SEC’s No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats and the Big Ten’s No. 1 Michigan State Spartans. The early betting lines for this game at BetOnline sportsbook have Michigan State favored by 2.5 points. Duke gets the early edge in the first matchup as two-point favorites.
As the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, this could be Michigan State’s year to cut down the nets as season-ending champs. Favored to be named Player of the Year, Cassius Winston leads the Spartans’ starting five along with Xavier Tillman. If this Big Ten power can live up to all the lofty expectations while staying healthy along the way, its +600 odds to win it all would provide a nice payday come early April.
Kentucky has the second-best odds to win the 2020 national title at +800. Along with the usual mix of top-flight freshmen such as Tyrese Maxey and Khalil Whitney, the Wildcats added Nate Sestina as a transfer from Bucknell to improve their championship chances. This is always a team to watch come tournament time and this year is no exception.
Betting the Best of the ACC
When it comes to betting the NCAAB futures to win this season’s national title, the Blue Devils are third on the list at +1000 betting odds. As perennial contenders to win the annual NCAA Tournament, long-time head coach Mike Krzyzewski has assembled another strong freshman class of recruits to join the veteran talent on this team led by sophomore Tre Jones.
You already know that Duke will be a factor in the season-ending Big Dance to add immediate value to these odds.
The Virginia Cavaliers are last year’s champions, but they are a bit further down the list at +1600 odds along with the North Carolina Tar Heels. After Duke, the Louisville Cardinals have the best odds on the board for an ACC team at +1400. They went 20-14 last season with five players returning from that squad. Louisville already qualifies as a legitimate Final Four team and they could be the best the ACC has to offer this year.
Betting the Best Mid Major Program
Right in the mix with teams from Power 5 conferences is the American Athletic Conference’s Memphis Tigers. Ranked No. 14 in the AP preseason poll, the Tigers are tied with Kansas and Louisville at +1400 to win a national title this year. They landed five recruits ranked in the Top 60 and if they all come together quickly, this should be a fun team to watch this season.
Betting Odds move to +1600 for the SEC’s Florida Gators to join Virginia and North Carolina in the next tier. Both the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Villanova Wildcats are next at +2000. Texas Tech’s odds are +2500 followed by Maryland and Oregon at +2800.