- BetOnline has Michigan State (+700) as the new “team to beat” in college basketball
- A summer full of good news has put the Kansas Jayhawks (+1000) squarely in contention
- The Florida Gators (+1800) landed their best big man since the Horford/Noah glory days
This week, the sons of both Shaq and Dwyane Wade will be attending NCAA College Basketball Academy as coaches from across the country scout the nation’s top high school players.
While that “do you wanna feel old?” tidbit might be the only newsworthy event in college hoops right now, Vegas did name a new 2020 NCAA National Championship favorite since we last checked in.
Let’s examine the dead-of-summer odds at BetOnline to see which teams might make a splash next March.
Odds to Win 2020 NCAA National Championship
*Odds taken on 07/23/19
The New Favorite: Michigan State
Widely expected to open at No. 1 when the first poll is released this fall, the Spartans recently jumped two blueblood schools (Duke and Kentucky) to become the Vegas betting favorites.
Senior point guard Cassius Winston (just ranked as the best player in college basketball on NCAA.com) leads a deep, veteran club that’s returning three of its top four scorers, including junior forward Xavier Tillman, who checked in at No. 20 on the same list.
TOP 5! ?@TheAndyKatz‘s Top 25 Players countdown is complete!
5. Cole Anthony, @UNC_Basketball
4. James Wiseman, @Memphis_MBB
3. Myles Powell, @SetonHallMBB
2. Markus Howard, @MarquetteMBB
1. Cassius Winston, @MSU_Basketball pic.twitter.com/dskRkOeXBI
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) July 12, 2019
With only one NCAA title in eight Final Four appearances, Tom Izzo will never have a better shot to add to his school’s trophy case.
Fast Risers: Kansas Jayhawks
After an early wave of positive headlines (Devon Dotson announcing his return, Silvio De Sousa winning his appeal, Udoka Azubuike opting out of the NBA Draft), Kansas is getting deeper and deeper as the summer rolls on.
The Jayhawks’ latest additions are Iowa grad transfer Isaiah Moss, one of the nation’s truly elite shooters (42% from three last season), and top-50 recruit Jalen Wilson, who asked out of his letter-of-intent from Michigan when former coach John Beilein surprisingly jumped to the NBA.
Kansas lands skilled forward Jalen Wilson. Top 100 kid. Jayhawks assistant Jerrance Howard has had a heck of a week getting Isaiah Moss and now Wilson. https://t.co/ac9QAjhmnw
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 12, 2019
Recommended by yours truly at 22/1 in early June, Bill Self’s boys have quickly risen into contender status.
Outside Contenders: Florida Gators
If you’re of a certain age, you probably still remember Al Horford and Joakim Noah leading the Gators to back-to-back national championships in the mid-2000s.
That bit of nostalgia is all the more relevant after Florida landed Kerry Blackshear Jr., a 6-foot 10-inch grad transfer who averaged 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds with Virginia Tech last season.
Scottie Lewis threw down a windmill over THREE people ? #SCtop10 pic.twitter.com/OfLWJRNP9V
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 26, 2019
The big man joins a top-ten recruiting class (the school’s first since 2010), highlighted by projected one-and-done lottery pick Scottie Lewis, who’s jump-out-of-the-gym athleticism will soon make him a Sportscenter regular.
Take a few bites of the Gators while they’re still listed at 18/1.