2020 March Madness Odds: Super Early Look into the Future2020 March Madness Odds: Super Early Look into the Future

As one season closes, another is set to start in a mere six months and it is never too early to place a futures bet on who you believe will be the team cutting down the nets at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta next April. The Virginia Cavaliers maintained the 2019 title, their first in school history, but they sit third on the oddsboard, two spots behind the Kentucky Wildcats, who would be the +500 favorite.
BetOnline has Kentucky as the favorite to win the 2020 school hoops championship at +500 followed by Duke in +600, Virginia at +650, Michigan State at +800, and Michigan and North Carolina in +1200 to round out the top teams on the oddsboard.
Tread Gently with Kentucky
Kentucky had a successful 2018-19 effort, putting with a 30-7 record en route to an Elite Eight berth before falling to Auburn in overtime. Undoubtedly head coach John Calipari will possess the Wildcats playing at a high level, but he will need to enter the season with rather a different look. Four of Kentucky’s starting five are very likely to graduate or be drafted in the NBA since Reid Travis is a senior and P.J. Washington, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro will probably be moving pro.
All is not lost, though, as the Wildcats have done a good job recruitment for the upcoming season, securing two 2019 McDonald’s All-Americans, shooting guard Tyrese Maxey and little forward Khalil Whitney. I anticipate sophomores Immanuel Quickley and E.J. Montgomery to lead the charge and will work nicely with the incoming freshmen. With their new appearance, I would be hesitant to put a wager on this bar at +500 at this point.
Kansas May be Well-Balanced and Experienced
Kansas had a very interesting 2018-19, showing flashes of brilliance and being rated in the top five at the AP survey for eight weeks, including two weeks in the top spot. Overall, the Jayhawks finished the year with a 26-10 record, falling to Auburn in the Round of 32. Kansas was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team as it came to home and away splits, going a perfect 16-0 at Allen Fieldhouse but just 3-8 in true road games — quite confusing results.
The Jayhawks needed to battle through injuries, losing protect Lagerald Vick for its summer in early February. He is a senior and won’t be back . Additionally, junior center Udoka Azubuike played only nine matches in 2018-19. But Kansas, despite those big holes in the frontcourt and backcourt, nevertheless had a Round of 32 look. The Jayhawks must be feisty this forthcoming season as I don’t expect Azubuike to be drafted and Vick will be their only loss, so chances of +2000 provide decent price.
Auburn Providing Best Value
Head coach Bruce Pearl must be proud of the effort his team put in this past season, heading 30-10, including winning the SEC championship and falling only to eventual national champion Virginia 63-62 in the Final Four. The group had four seniors, such as guard Bryce Brown, who led the team with 15.9 points per game.
On the other hand, the center of the group should come back for the 2019-20 season, most notably Jared Harper and Chuma Okeke, who united for 27.3 ppg. Harper led the team with 5.8 assists per game, while Okeke was the team leader with 6.8 rebounds per game. Additionally, Pearl has recruited five players that have signed letters of intent, such as small forward Isaac Okoro,who’s the 37th-ranked recruit. I think this team is going to cause waves and +3300 may be a steal as we near March next year.
Here’s a look at the full list of chances for the 2020 college hoops championship:
2019-20 College BASKETBALL Champion Odds
Team Odds
Kentucky +500
Duke +600
Virginia +650
Michigan State +800
Michigan +1200
North Carolina +1200
Gonzaga +1400
Villanova +1600
Kansas +2000
Oregon +2200
Arizona +2500
Louisville +3300
Auburn +3300
Mississippi State +3300
Tennessee +3300
Texas +3300
Texas Tech +3300
Florida State +6600
Wisconsin +6600
UCLA +10000
USC +10000

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