NCAAB 2019-20 Future Odds & Prediction
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Let’s take a look at the favorites in the NCAA basketball odds to win championship:
- Michigan State +650
- Kentucky +750
- Duke +850
- Memphis +1000
- Virginia +1100
Spartans Top the List
While the Michigan State Spartans are undoubtedly the deserved preseason favorite on the NCAA basketball betting lines, it’s also called March Madness for a good reason. Rarely does the season unfold according to script.
The Spartans (+650), led by player-of-the-year candidate Cassius Winston, look to capture their first title since 2000 after losing in the Final Four last season (Vegas odds NCAA basketball provided by Bovada).
The Kentucky Wildcats (+750), who were ousted in the Elite Eight last season, are the second pick in the NCAA basketball odds. It’s been eight years since Coach Cal’s team has won it all.
Always among the preseason favorites, the Duke Blue Devils (+850) come in at No. 3. But Coach K’s team lost three players that were among the Top 10 in the NBA Draft, including the top pick in Zion Williamson.
Your future odds are fixed if you make your bets now with top online sites like BetNow and GTBets, but the college basketball odds will change as the regular season progresses right down to the Final Four and national championship.
College Basketball Predictions
The 2019-20 college basketball season begins Tuesday, Nov. 5 and ends with another unpredictable chapter of March Madness.
The 2020 tournament will start with Selection Sunday — when the full field of 68, seedings, and brackets are released — on March 15. Games will begin with the First Four on Tuesday, March 17, and continue until the Final Four on Saturday, April 4 and national championship on Monday, April 6 in Atlanta.
Here are the frontrunners in the NCAA basketball betting odds with our prediction of who will cut down the nets in April:
Michigan State Spartans +650
The Spartans are the consensus top selection in the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll. The team from East Lansing has the most experience at all five starting positions and returns much of its Final Four roster.
Led by Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo, MSU has all the pieces to make a big run in April. Elite point guard Winston and shooting star Joshua Langford will carry much of the load for the Spartans, who play four top teams in the first few weeks of the season.
The team lost two of its three best rebounders from last season, so Michigan State will have to be solid on the glass to compete at the highest level.
Kentucky Wildcats +750
This is the fourth time in five years the Wildcats start at No. 2 in the polls for coach John Calipari. The team brings in a loaded recruiting class to bolster its starting lineup, which includes five-star freshman guard Tyrese Maxey.
Sophomore Ashton Hagans, who is the leader of this team, and Maxey will give Kentucky one of the best backcourts in the nation. But the biggest question mark for this unit will be its frontcourt, which includes Bucknell transfer Nate Sestina.
Kentucky, 30-7 last season, hasn’t made it past the regional finals in the last four tournaments.
Duke Blue Devils +850
The Blue Devils, who have been coached by Mike Krzyzewski since 1980, have won the national title five times in his tenure. Duke’s inclusion in the rankings this year at No. 4 ties the school for third all-time with 44 appearances in the preseason poll.
But how are they doing it? There’s no more Zion Williamson. R.J. Barrett is gone, too. The answer is through recruiting, and the school in Durham, North Carolina, always seems to do a great job of that.
The Blue Devils, who were 32-6 last season, add Vernon Carey and Matthew Hurt to a roster that already includes Tre Jones. If the starters can live up to preseason billing, watch out.
Memphis Tigers +1000
The Tigers haven’t made the tournament in five years and yet hopes are high this season in Tennessee. The team is ranked in the Top 15 in both the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll based on a terrific recruiting class.
Newcomer James Wiseman, one of the top-ranked players in the country, leads a team that was just 22-14 last season. The inexperienced Tigers will need to play at a high level throughout the season to be serious contenders behind second-year coach Penny Hardaway.
Virginia Cavaliers +1100
How can the defending national champs not be the favorite to repeat this year? The Cavaliers may still have one of the nation’s best defenses, but it’s a tough assignment to replace three significant starters.
Virginia has lost six regular-season games in the last two seasons, but coach Tony Bennett will be hard-pressed to match those incredible numbers this year. A tournament team? Sure. A Top 10 team? Likely not.
These Sleepers Will Make Some Noise
- Kansas Jayhawks (+1300) — The Jayhawks have two of the best players in the country in Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson, but an NCAA investigation of the school’s basketball program could be a major issue for the team.
- Louisville Cardinals (+1400) — A good recruiting class and the return of star player Jordan Nwora has some thinking Kentucky may not be the best team in the state this season.
- Gonzaga Zags (+2200) — Mark Few’s team from Spokane, Washington, has won 30 or more games in the last three years. The Zags lost a few starters from last season, but they still have the talent to make a bold run in the tournament.
- Prediction — Kentucky (+750). We picked Duke to win it all last year. This year, it’s the young and talented team with the most all-time wins in the history of the sport.
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