The odds to win an event like the NCAA basketball championship tournament is considered a futures wager. The numbers below how much you would win if you bet $100 on that team to cut down the nets at the Final Four at the end of March Madness. I have also included the percentage chance that means each team has of winning it all.
2016-2017 March Madness Final Four Futures Odds
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NCAA Basketball Tournament Odds for the Final Four Championship
It’s no surprise that the usual suspects are all high on the list. Duke may have lost Brandon Ingram to the LA Lakers in this year’s draft, but they quickly refilled the roster with the top power forward Harry Giles, the second best small forward in Jayson Tatum, a top five point guard in Frank Jackson, and the second best incoming center with Marques Bolden.
And it doesn’t hurt that they still have Grayson Allen, Luke Kennard, and Amile Jefferson.
Kentucky is another one of those teams that is loaded even though they lost Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere, and Tyler Ulis to the NBA draft. They reload with freshman Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel, and Sacha Killeya-Jones.
Villanova has finally started to earn some respect. Of course, that’s what winning a national title will do for you. For years Jay Wright had the moniker of unable to win come March Madness time, but that monkey is off his back now. Let’s see if the Wildcats can keep up the momentum heading into the new season.
You can’t ever count out Kansas either. Bill Self has done a great job of consistently bringing in top recruiting classes. This year’s team will finally be without Perry Ellis, who seemed like he had a ten year career for the Jayhawks. Obviously the oddsmakers think there is more than enough talent coming in to overcome that loss.
Long Shots to Win the Final Four
So those are the favorites, but are there any underdogs who might bark come tournament time? This is our first chance to find a Cinderella and there is one team that sticks out to us.
The UCLA Bruins. They have a solid backcourt duo of Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford. Those team combined for 32.9 points, 8.5 assists and 8.0 rebounds per game last year.
Head coach Steve Alford went out and recruited a solid class of incoming freshman as well. They bring in Lonzo Ball, TJ Leaf, and Ike Anigbogu. All three were in the top 25. If Alford can bring this squad together they will compete for not only the Pac-12 title, but possibly a national title.
Remember to check out the daily college basketball odds each night of the season to see if there is any value with these teams or others.
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