NCAA Tournament Odds: Kansas Heavily Favored Ahead of Big 12 Tourney

  • BetOnline has Kansas (+500) as the heavy favorite to win the 2020 national championship
  • Coach Bill Self says the Jayhawks might rest guys in the Big 12 Tournament
  • The Dayton Flyers (+1000) have won 20 straight games heading into the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

After the college basketball season started with six different No. 1 teams in the first eight weeks, Kansas has brought stability at the top of the rankings with 16 straight wins over a span of two months.

The Jayhawks wrapped up the Big 12 regular-season title with a 66-62 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday and, in all likelihood, will remain the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament regardless of what happens in this week’s Big 12 tourney.

Examining the board at BetOnline, let’s look at what schools’ odds are surging with March Madness just over a week away.

ODDS TO WIN 2020 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

Team Current Odds Trending Odds as of Jan. 14, 2020
Kansas +500 +1000
Gonzaga +800 +1000
Dayton +1000 +2500
Michigan State +1000 +1400
Baylor +1200 +1400
Duke +1200 +900
Kentucky +1400 +1400
Florida State +1600 +1200
Louisville +2000 +1000
Maryland +2000 +1400
San Diego State +2000 +2500
Arizona +2500 +2000
Auburn +2500 +2500
Creighton +2500 N/A
Oregon +2500 +1600
Seton Hall +2500 +2500
West Virginia +2500 N/A
Ohio State +3300 +1400
Villanova +3300 N/A

DOMINANT JAYHAWKS REMAIN NUMBER 1

If you’re contemplating a wager on the Jayhawks, it might be worth letting the Big 12 Tournament play out first.

Kansas is slated to play the winner of No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. No. 9 Iowa State on Thursday afternoon, but Kansas coach Bill Self was recently quoted as saying “it’s not a win-at-all-costs tournament.”

Should Self take the opportunity to rest Udoka Azubuike, Devon Dotson and Marcus Garrett — given that all three played through minor injuries in recent weeks — an early exit from the tourney might help you get tastier odds than the +500 offered today.

FLYING UP THE BOARD

Listed at +2500 in mid-January, Dayton now has shorter odds (+1000) than college hoops heavyweights such as Duke (+1200) and Kentucky (+1400) after reeling off 20 straight wins. Led by the high-flying, rim-rocking Obi Toppin, the Flyers will land a No. 1 seed in the March Madness bracket if they can win this weekend’s Atlantic 10 Tournament.

After dropping four of five games in early February, preseason No. 1 Michigan State (+1000) surged down the stretch, winning their last five contests to capture a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with Maryland and Wisconsin.

Following a tumultuous season that saw senior guard Cassius Winston deal with the loss of his brother, the Spartans’ odds will likely shorten even further if Tom Izzo’s club can win their second-straight Big Ten Tournament championship as the No. 2 seed.

Finally, avoid San Diego State at +2000. The Aztecs’ upset loss to Utah State in Saturday’s Mountain West title game will likely cost the team a number-one seed in the tournament.

Jay Wright’s Villanova club is a much stronger bet at +3300. Heading into this week’s Big East tournament in New York, the red-hot Wildcats have won seven of their past eight.

Steve Dominey

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