Updated NCAAB Odds To Win The National Championship

Posted by Aaron . on February 16, 2016 in

The carousel that is the AP poll for the NCAA men’s basketball team keeps turning, which means that the odds for teams to come away with the championship after March Madness finally ends continue to change. Let’s look at some of the favorites this week before we predict the NCAAB online odds.

Updated NCAAB Odds To Win The National Championship

North Carolina, Oklahoma (15/2)

The fact that these two teams have the best odds, even though they are not the #1 team in the nation, shows you the oddities at work in NCAA basketball this year. Oklahoma has recently lost to both Kansas and Kansas State in Big 12 play, and North Carolina lost to unranked Notre Dame. Both of these teams have issues with getting stops when they need them on defense.

Michigan State (8/1)

The Spartans have a reputation for being one of those teams that peak late in the season and then roll much further in the NCAA tournament than people thought. This is why the odds on this team are so low — Tom Izzo appears to have his team playing well, and they have that reputation for knocking down challenger after challenger in the tournament. While Michigan State doesn’t have a lot of big names on the roster, they play defense extremely well, and their ball movement frustrates opponents.

Iowa (10/1)

This team has fallen in their last two big tests — at Maryland and at Indiana. While there’s nothing to be ashamed of in either loss, Iowa is going to have to win some big games away from home if they want to hoist the big trophy at the end of March Madness.

Kansas, Kentucky (12/1)

These two teams squared off in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge, in one of the more exciting installments of the non-conference challenge. Kentucky built up a double-digit lead, only to watch Kansas come back and win in their home arena. Both of these teams have solid interior rebounding and defense and explosive offenses.

Maryland, Villanova (14/1)

Villanova’s not getting a lot of love, given how they are scorching their conference, but teams outside the Power 5 just don’t get the same respect. In basketball, this could end up being costly, as Villanova could rate a 1-seed in a bracket and still be #1 in the nation after March Madness begins. Maryland is a solid team; their setback against Wisconsin does not have to define their season.

Duke, Virginia (15/1)

Duke’s presence here has as much to do with the reputation of the program as anything else. However, I’m also worried about Virginia, who has won two straight ACC titles but then failed to do a lot in the NCAA tournament. Even if they win a third consecutive conference championship in the regular season, they don’t have the tournament resume to earn respect here.

Purdue (20/1)

This is a difficult team to beat, but then they have lapses and turn into a simple puzzle after all. Which team will show up in the Big Dance?

Some more notables:

Wichita State, Xavier (22/1)
Oregon, Texas (25/1)
West Virginia (28/1)
Arizona, Iowa State (30/1)
Connecticut (35/1)
LSU, Miami (FL) (40/1)