Right about now the opening rounds of the 2020 men’s college basketball NCAA Tournament would have been dominating the betting world. The first two rounds would have cut the 68-team field down to the Sweet 16. The following week of play would trim the field to the Final Four ahead of the championship game on the first Monday in April.
In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, this year’s tournament had to be shutdown. We will never know if upstarts such as the Dayton Flyers or the San Diego State Aztecs could have turned the tables on traditional basketball powers such as the Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats.
All we have left is speculation on what might have taken place over the next few weeks. Read the above link to see Coach Rick’s March Madness What If article.
There is nothing avid sports bettors can do about this season’s lost tournament. However, the online sportsbooks are already looking ahead to next season with early futures odds to win the 2021 championship.
Betting the Favorites
Most of the teams high on the list are not that big of a surprise.
However the top two favorites might turn a few heads. The ACC’s Virginia Cavaliers and the West Coast Conference’s Gonzaga Bulldogs are each listed as +900 favorites.
Virginia won the national title in 2019 and Gonzaga has been a perennial Mid-Major power for the last several years. The Cavaliers were ranked No. 17 on the final Coaches Poll after going 23-7 on the year. They fought off a slow start in ACC play to finish as one of the hottest teams in that conference.
Virginia would have been a team to watch in this year’s tournament, especially if it would have gone on to win the ACC Tournament.
A deep and youthful roster combined with one of the best defensive schemes in the nation adds some value to these early odds. I am not sure I would pull the trigger on an actual bet at this stage of the game, but the Cavaliers do deserve a spot on the short list.
Gonzaga was one of the highest scoring teams (87.4 points) in the nation this year behind a roster that was seven deep in players averaging at least 10 points per game. The Bulldogs also have a very young team with only a trio of seniors on the 13-player list.
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They went 31-2 to climb all the way to No. 2 in the final Top 25 poll. Getting Gonzaga now at +900 could be considered a solid investment for the future.
The Best of the Rest
This far out, these early betting odds should reflect a very tight race.
In light of the postseason being cut short, nobody is really sure which players are going to leave or stay for the coming year. The only thing that bettors know for sure is that all the best college basketball programs in the nation will reload to make a strong run at the 2021 title.
The short list of those teams at +1000 are the Big 12’s Kansas Jayhawks and the Big Ten’s Michigan State Spartans. Kansas was the top team in the nation on the final Coaches Poll and the clear favorite to win this season’s championship. Michigan State was No. 12 after a strong finish down the stretch of the regular season.
The SEC’s Kentucky Wildcats could have made a run to the 2020 title and their odds to win next season are +1200. The ACC’s Duke Blue Devils are perennial favorites to win at +1400.
The Big East’s Creighton Bluejays are also listed at +1400 coming off a very successful conference run to crack the Top 10 at No. 9.
Rounding out the Top 10 teams on the 2021 NCAAB Championship futures list are Baylor at +1600 followed by Florida State, North Carolina and Wisconsin at +2000.
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I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.
It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.
The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.
My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.
I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.