Updated NCAAB Championship Odds

Written by on February 8, 2016

With elite, nationally-ranked title contending teams getting routinely beaten this season, the big question heading into the new week is whether or there are any ‘real’ favorites to win this year’s quickly approaching March Madness basketball tournament. Thanks to this expert analysis on the latest online sportsbook odds to win the NCAAB Championship, you’re going to find out. Now, let’s get started.

NCAAB Championship Betting Lines Favorites

North Carolina 13/2
Oklahoma 13/2
Duke 10/1
Maryland 10/1
Iowa 12/1
Kansas 12/1
Michigan State 12/1
Villanova 15/1
Kentucky 18/1
Virginia 20/1
Xavier 20/1
Analysis: Losses by former No. 1 Carolina (19-4) and No. 2 Oklahoma (19-3) show that not even the best teams in the country this season are capable of being beaten on any given night. Still, there’s a reason both ballclubs are top title favorites, seven if nether is my actual pick to win the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Unranked Duke (17-6) should have seen their odds change a couple of weeks ago after they suffered three straight losses and four loss over a five-game stretch last month. New, No. 1 Villanova (20-3) is looking very good right now, having won 12 of its last 13 games while extracting some revenge against No. 11 Providence in its 72-60 win on Saturday. I absolutely love New No. 2 Maryland (21-3) and believe the athletic, high-flying Terrapins have a great chance to make a deep March Madness tournament run. My other favorite teams out of this group include underrated Xavier (21-2), defensive-minded Virginia (19-4) and the versatile Iowa Hawkeyes (19-4). For me, Kentucky (17-6), Michigan State (20-4) and Kansas (19-4) all have the look of very good, but not great, teams right now, though that could change quickly over the ext couple of weeks.

Don’t Sleep on These Teams

West Virginia 25/1
Gonzaga 150/1
Saint Mary’s 150/1
San Diego State 250/1
South Carolina 200/1
Analysis: I really love all of the teams in this group, though, none quite as much as No. 20 South Carolina (20-3), St. Mary’s (19-3) and San Diego State (18-6). The Gamecocks play excellent defense in limiting their opponents to just 38.9 percent shooting from the field (18th). The Gaels have been even better defensively as they limit their opponents to a nation’s best 59.3 points per game (1st) while simultaneously ranking first in field goal shooting percentage offensively (51.4%) and third in three-point shooting percentage (42.4%). The Aztecs are also succeeding this season because of their sixth-ranked scoring defense (60.3 ppg) and No. 1 field goal defense (36.3 %). I wouldn’t be surprised to see one – or all three – teams make deep runs once March Madness gets under way next month.

Where’s SMU?

The 12th-ranked Mustangs (20-2) are one of my favorite teams in all of college basketball this season, mostly because I’m a huge Larry Brown fan and believe the often eccentric head coach (nomad) is one of the greatest coaches at any level since Dr. James Naismith invented the game. SMU may be just 2-2 over its last four games after opening the season with 18 straight wins, but I believe the Ponies could derail some other team’s national championship hopes, even if they don’t have any of their own because of NCAA sanctions. Here is a look at the rest of the odds to win the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

The Rest of the Pack

School Odds
Louisville 24/1
LSU 30/1
Miami, Fl. 30/1
Purdue 30/1
Texas A&M 30/1
UConn 30/1
Arizona 35/1
Iowa State 35/1
Oregon 40/1
Wichita State 45/1
Indiana 50/1
Syracuse 50/1
USC 65/1
California 75/1
Michigan 75/1
Providence 75/1
Baylor 100/1
Florida 100/1
Vanderbilt 100/1
Butler 125/1
Notre Dame 125/1
Texas 150/1
UCLA 150/1
Field (Any Other Team) 150/1
Cincinnati 200/1
Pittsburgh 200/1
Utah 200/1
VCU 200/1
Arkansas 300/1
Clemson 300/1
Florida State 300/1
Georgetown 300/1
Marquette 300/1
UNLV 350/1
BYU 500/1
Ohio State 500/1
Washington 500/1
Wisconsin 500/1
Alabama 1000/1
Arizona State 1000/1
Georgia 1000/1
Illinois 1000/1
Memphis 1000/1
North Carolina State 1000/1
Ole Miss 1000/1
Stanford 1000/1
Tennessee 1000/1
Richmond 2000/1
Temple 2000/1
Oklahoma State 4000/1
Davidson 5000/1
Kansas State 5000/1
Nebraska 5000/1
TCU 5000/1
St. John’s 9999/1
UTEP 9999/1
Analysis: Out of this grouping, I say, keep an eye on Texas A&M (18-3), Iowa State (16-5), Purdue (19-4) and Oregon (18-4), not to mention upset-minded teams like Wichita State, Davidson, VCU and Iowa State.
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