As the NCAA Tournament is just around the corner, we’re seeing everyone preparing for their conference tournaments, and hopefully, a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Baylor Bears are still the favorites to take home this year’s title. Let’s take a look at the odds to win the National Championship for some of the top teams in the country.
Updated NCAA Basketball National Championship Odds
The Bulldogs enter their conference tournament undefeated. They’ve rarely been challenged this season. They have three great players in Drew Timme, Jalen Suggs, and Corey Kispert. Until someone proves that they can slow Gonzaga’s powerful offense down, they’ll be the favorites to win it all.
Baylor finally lost their first game of the season to Kansas last Saturday. Baylor had just come back from their second COVID layoff of the season. Many are predicting that Baylor and Gonzaga will meet for the championship. Baylor could be the most athletic team in the country. They’re very versatile, and they get balanced scoring. They can do many different things defensively, and that makes them very tough.
The Wolverines have taken the NCAA by storm this season. While many thought that Juwan Howard would take Michigan’s program to a higher level, they didn’t feel that it would happen this fast. They’re 13-2 in a loaded Big 10, after getting crushed by Illinois on Tuesday night. We look for Michigan to rebound, and play well entering the NCAA Tournament.
Ohio State +1400
Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes have had a great season. They’ve struggled as of late, but the Buckeyes have the talent to make a deep postseason run.
The Fighting Illini are peaking at the right time. They’re second in the Big 10, and just crushed Michigan on their home floor, and they did this without All-American Ayo Dosunmu. Once Dosunmu comes back from injury, the Illini will be one of the favorites to win the National Championship.
Any time Jay Wright has a good team, there’s a good chance that they’ll make a deep postseason run. Wright’s teams know how to play the game the right way. They always defend well, and they have a very efficient offense.
Luka Garza leads the Hawkeyes in scoring, and brings an inside presence to a group of great perimeter shooters. If Iowa can figure out how to defend, they could go a long way. Right now, they’re just trying to outscore everyone. If they can solidify the defensive end of the floor, look out for the Hawkeyes!
Florida State +2000
Florida State is one of the most athletic teams in the country. They are very lengthy, and they can do numerous things defensively. On any given night, they can beat anyone.
Nate Oats had the Tide rolling! They can shoot threes with the best of them. They won the regular season SEC crown, and will look to take the conference tournament. If Alabama is hitting their shots, they are very hard to stop.