NCAA Basketball National Title Odds Update After Feast Week: Louisville Now Favored

  • BetOnline has Louisville (+800) as the new favorite to win the 2020 national title
  • Duke (+900) and Michigan State (+1100) suffered losses during Feast Week
  • Maryland (+1500), Michigan (+1800) and Memphis (+2000) all had fantastic tournament showings

While you and your relatives were gorging on turkey and watching The Irishman over Thanksgiving weekend, college basketball’s top teams were battling it out in a smorgasbord of out-of-conference tournaments.

With “Feast Week” offering a heaping helping of surprising results, there is a new national championship favorite at BetOnline. Let’s review the latest odds and recap all the action.


Team Current Odds Trending Nov. 19/2019
Louisville +800 +1200
Duke +900 +1000
Kansas +1000 +1200
Kentucky +1100 +1000
Michigan State +1100 +800
North Carolina +1300 +1600
Maryland +1500 +2500
Virginia +1500 +2000
Oregon +1600 +1600
Michigan +1800 +2800
Arizona +2000 N/A
Gonzaga +2000 +1600
Memphis +2000 +2000
Ohio State +2000 +2500


Despite not playing in a tournament over Feast Week, Louisville (+800) moved to No. 1 in the the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll on Monday thanks to losses by Michigan State and Duke.

Led by junior Jordan Nwora’s game-high 22 points, the Cardinals promptly justified their ranking on Tuesday with a convincing 58-43 thrashing of No. 4 Michigan.

Entering the game, the undefeated Wolverines were hot off a Battle for Atlantis tournament victory with wins over Iowa State, North Carolina and Gonzaga.

Even with the loss, however, the Juwan Howard era is off to a great start with Michigan’s national title odds shortening from +2800 to +1800 in the season’s first month.


Tom Izzo’s Spartans have had a rough couple of weeks. Favored to win the national championship at +800 when we last checked in, everybody’s preseason No. 1 lost to to Virginia Tech in the Maui Invitational on the Monday before Thanksgiving.

Things got even worse on Tuesday with a 87-75 loss to Duke where they trailed by as many as 22 points. Throw in a early-season defeat to Kentucky and you have a team that is probably overvalued at +1100.

Speaking of Coach K’s Blue Devils, they sit second on the board at +900 despite suffering a buzzer-beating overtime loss to Stephen F. Austin (a 27.5-point underdog entering the game) during Feast Week.

Maryland has surged from +2500 to +1500 following wins over Temple, Harvard and Marquette in the Orlando Invitational, but the Terrapins’ first real test won’t come until the New Year: a Jan. 7th contest vs. Ohio State (+2000).

The defending champion Virginia Cavaliers are also at +1500, which is kind of surprising after they were dominated by Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday.

Memphis is a much better bet at +2000. Penny Hardaway’s squad squeaked out a tight win over NC State on Thanksgiving night, and star freshman James Wiseman will be back from suspension by mid-January.

Fill your plate at +2000 while you still can.

Steve Dominey

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