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 begin in a mere six months and it’s never too early to put a futures bet on who you think are the group cutting down the nets at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta following April. The Virginia Cavaliers maintained the 2019 title, their first in school history, however they sit on the oddsboard, two areas behind the Kentucky Wildcats, who are the +500 favorite.
BetOnline has Kentucky as the favorite to win against the 2020 school hoops championship at +500 followed closely by Duke in +600, Virginia in +650, Michigan State at +800, and Michigan and North Carolina in +1200 to round out the top teams on the oddsboard.
Tread Lightly with Kentucky
Kentucky had a successful 2018-19 campaign, placing with a 30-7 record en route to an Elite Eight berth before falling to Auburn in overtime. No doubt head coach John Calipari will possess the Wildcats playing at a high degree, but he’ll have to enter the season with rather a different look. Four of Kentucky’s starting five will be very likely to graduate or be drafted into the NBA since Reid Travis is a senior and P.J. Washington, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro will likely be moving pro.
All isn’t lost, though, since the Wildcats have already done a great job recruiting for the upcoming season, procuring two 2019 McDonald’s All-Americans, shooting guard Tyrese Maxey and small forward Khalil Whitney. I expect sophomores Immanuel Quickley and E.J. Montgomery to lead the charge and will work nicely with the incoming freshmen. With their new appearance, I’d be hesitant to put a wager on this club at +500 at this stage.
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 poll for eight weeks, including 2 weeks at the top spot. Overall, the Jayhawks ended the year with a 26-10 record, falling to Auburn in the Round of 32. Kansas was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde club as it came to house and away splits, going a perfect 16-0 at Allen Fieldhouse but only 3-8 in true road games — very confusing results.
The Jayhawks had to battle through accidents, losing protect Lagerald Vick for its season in early February. He’s a senior and won’t be back next year. Furthermore, junior center Udoka Azubuike played only nine matches in 2018-19. But Kansas, despite those big holes in the frontcourt and backcourt, nevertheless needed a Round of 32 look. The Jayhawks must be feisty this forthcoming season as I don’t anticipate Azubuike to be drafted and Vick are their sole loss, so chances of +2000 provide decent price.
Auburn Providing Best Value
Head coach Bruce Pearl has to be proud of this effort his team put in last season, going 30-10, including winning the SEC tournament and falling just to eventual national champion Virginia 63-62 at the Final Four. The team had four seniors, including shield Bryce Brown, who headed the team with 15.9 points per game.
On the other hand, the center of the group must return for the 2019-20 season, most notably Jared Harper and Chuma Okeke, who combined for 27.3 ppg. Harper led the team with 5.8 assists per game, while Okeke was the group leader with 6.8 rebounds per game. In addition, Pearl has recruited five players that have signed letters of intent, including small forward Isaac Okoro,who’s the 37th-ranked recruit. I believe this group is going to cause waves and +3300 may be a steal as we close March next year.
Here’s a look at the full list of odds 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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