Men's College Basketball Championship Betting Analysis: Gonzaga Odds Favorite, Arizona Smart Pick & More

Men’s College Basketball Championship Betting Analysis: Gonzaga Odds Favorite, Arizona Smart Pick & More

The regular season is starting to wind down and we are headed towards conference play. For many teams, it will be win or go home, with many teams looking to punch their ticket to the big dance. Let’s take a look at our updated College Basketball National Championship Odds to see who the favorites and surprises may be. 

National Championship Odds Update | NCAAB Betting

Favorite: Gonzaga Bulldogs +400

The current #1 team in the AP Poll and still the favorite for betting odds, the Gonzaga Bulldogs still sit atop of college basketball. 

At 23-2 on the season, Gonzaga has not lost a game since falling to Alabama 91-82. A 16-game winning streak puts the Bulldogs at the top of the Western Coastal Conference and 2.5 games ahead of St. Mary’s. 

Junior Drew Timme continues to lead the way for the Bulldogs this season averaging 18 points per game. Chet Holmgren comes as advertised, averaging 14.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. 

Julian Strawther and Andrew Nembhard are the two other Bulldogs averaging double figures as well. 

Looking ahead, Gonzaga has two games left on the schedule for the regular season. They will travel to take on San Francisco and St. Mary’s to end the season. 

Smart Bet: Arizona Wildcats +900

Currently ranked #2 in the nation in the AP Poll, the Arizona Wildcats would be a very smart bet to win the National Championship at +900 odds. Arizona has all the capabilities of a championship team. 

They have the size to match with anyone. They have the guard play to counter many other teams in college basketball. With the size, quickness, and makeup of the team, Arizona will be a tough out this year in March. 

Ben Mathurin is not only the leader of this group but is prospering into a top NBA prospect. Mathurin averages 17.4 points per game this season, one of four Wildcats that average double figures. 

The Wildcats currently have a 2.5 game lead over USC and UCLA in the Pac-12 standings. There are five regular-season games left for Arizona on the schedule, including a trip to USC. 

Arizona will be a good team to bet on at +900 odds to win the National Championship. 

Long Shot: Illinois Fighting Illini +3300

While their odds have faltered a bit, Illinois is still a dangerous team to take on down the stretch of the season. The Illini find themselves at #15 in the AP Poll and have a chance to boost their resume by the end of the regular season. 

Illinois has been led by Kofi Cockburn all season. The big man averages 21.7 points per game and 11.2 rebounds a game. Cockburn will definitely be a name in consideration for National Player of the Year. 

The Illini have so many veterans on this team and it is why they could be dangerous come March. After a bad taste was left in their mouth due to the loss to Loyola-Chicago last season, Illinois is looking for redemption this season. 

Illinois will end the season with Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, and Iowa. The Illini will be tested heading into the Big Ten Tournament and March Madness. 


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