NCAAB Betting: Updated 2020 College Basketball Championship Odds

NCAAB Betting: Updated 2020 College Basketball Championship Odds

Written by on March 12, 2020

Anyone for a Kansas-Gonzaga national title game? Those are the two favorites on the Mybookie College Basketball odds to cut down the nets April 6 in Atlanta, much can change between now and the start of the 2020 March Madness next Thursday.

Most of the top national championship contenders haven’t played in their conference tournaments yet but will do so starting Thursday or Friday. For example, Kansas is the +450 favorite but could conceivably slip out of that spot if the Jayhawks lost their first-round game. Let’s see the current 2020 March Madness Odds to win the NCAAB Championship.

NCAAB Betting: Updated 2020 College Basketball Championship Odds

Gonzaga is the +650 second-favorite to win the first title in school history, and the Zags are done with conference play, winning the West Coast Conference Tournament title over Saint Mary’s on Tuesday. So, at least the Zags will be well-rested and can heal up ahead of the Big Dance. We’ll address Kansas and Gonzaga plenty before the start of the NCAA Tournament. Here are a few other teams worth watching.

Dayton Could Break Through

Is Dayton a realistic title shot at +950? The Flyers made it through the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season schedule without a league loss, and their only two defeats were in overtime at neutral site to Kansas and Colorado. Dayton is 29-2 for the first time in school history, has won 20 games in a row in a single season for the first time since the Flyers won 20 in 1951-52, and finished 18-0 in the A-10 for the first time ever.

Dayton is led by A-10 Player of the Year Obi Toppin, who should be an NBA Draft lottery pick this summer. Toppin is also on the short list for every major national player of the year award including being one of 10 semifinalists for the Citizen Naismith Trophy, and one of 15 players on the national ballot for the Wooden Award.

The sophomore is the only player in the country who is averaging 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and shooting over 60% from the field – he is shooting an absurd 63.3 percent from the field and is the only player in the conference to be listed in both the Top 10 in overall field-goal percentage and three-point field-goal percentage (8th, .390, 32-82). He also leads the nation in dunks (107).

Injury Could Wreck Creighton’s Chances

Creighton is +3300 to win its first national title, which are pretty long odds considering the Bluejays are the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament and have won 11 of the past 13 games entering the Big East Tournament. Creighton ranks tied for sixth nationally with nine Quadrant 1 wins. CU’s five Quad 1 road wins are tied for fifth-most in the country.

Is Creighton good enough to take a title? Potentially yes, but only if sophomore point guard Marcus Zegarowski is healthy – and right now he isn’t. Zegarowski will undergo an arthroscopic surgical procedure on his injured knee this week, sidelining him for the entire Big East Tournament. Zegarowski, who was hurt in the regular-season finale win over Seton Hall, has not been ruled out for the season so perhaps he can get back by the Big Dance.

More likely, Creighton may have to survive the first weekend without him. He’s an All-Big East second-team honoree who ranks second on the team in scoring (16.1 points per game) and first in assists (5.0 per game).

Zegarowski He’s shooting 48.8 percent from the field, 42.4 percent from three-point range and 76.3 percent at the charity stripe. He’s played his best in some of CU’s biggest games, averaging 18.9 points per game while shooting 60.4 percent from the field and 51.4 percent from three-point range in eight games against ranked opponents.

Will Big Ten’s Drought End?

No Big Ten team has won a national title since Michigan State in 2000 – and the Spartans have the shortest odds among the conference’s teams this season at +900. Remember, MSU opened the season as the betting favorite and the No. 1 team in the nation but at one point fell all the way out of the polls.

A five-game stretch in early February, when Michigan State lost four of five games, including home contests against Penn State and Maryland, left the Spartans in the middle of the pack of the very deep Big Ten.

But, Tom Izzo’s club usually gets better as the season goes along, and Sparty closed winning five in a row – including against ranked teams Iowa, Maryland, Penn State and Ohio State – to share the Big Ten regular-season title. Cassius Winston (49% from the 3-point line) is an All-American, and Michigan State is playing great offense and defense right now.

2020 March Madness Odds – March 12th Update

  • Kansas +450
  • Gonzaga +650
  • Baylor +1000
  • Duke +900
  • Michigan State +900
  • Dayton +950
  • Kentucky +1000
  • Maryland +1700
  • San Diego State +1300
  • Seton Hall +2000
  • Florida State +1400
  • Louisville +1600
  • Oregon +2200
  • Ohio State +2300
  • Villanova +2800
  • Auburn +3500
  • Creighton +3300
  • Michigan +4000
  • Penn State +4500
  • Arizona +4000
  • Byu +5000
  • Houston +5000
  • Butler +5000
  • West Virginia +5000
  • Iowa +5000
  • Texas Tech +7000
  • Wisconsin +5500
  • Illinois +5500
  • Florida +7000
  • Lsu +10000
  • Virginia +6000
  • Colorado +10000
  • Marquette +15000
  • Usc +10000
  • Utah State +10000
  • Xavier +10000
  • Ucla +10000
  • Rutgers +15000
  • Purdue +20000
  • St. Marys +12000
  • Providence +12000