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 is never too early to put a futures bet on who you believe will be the team 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 since the favorite to win against the 2020 school hoops championship at +500 followed closely by Duke at +600, Virginia at +650, Michigan State at +800, and Michigan and North Carolina at +1200 to round out the leading teams on the oddsboard.
Tread Gently with Kentucky
Kentucky had a powerful 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 have the Wildcats playing in a high degree, but he will need to enter the season with quite a different look. Four of Kentucky’s starting five will be 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 going pro.
All isn’t lost, though, as the Wildcats have already done a good job recruiting for the upcoming season, securing two 2019 McDonald’s All-Americans, shooting guard Tyrese Maxey and small forward Khalil Whitney. I anticipate sophomores Immanuel Quickley and E.J. Montgomery to lead the fee and will work nicely with the incoming freshmen. With their new look, I’d be hesitant to lay a bet on this bar at +500 at this stage.
Kansas May be Well-Balanced and Experienced
Kansas had a very interesting 2018-19, revealing flashes of brilliance along with being rated in the top five at the AP poll for eight weeks, including two weeks in the top place. Overall, the Jayhawks finished the year with a 26-10 record, falling to Auburn from the Round of 32. Kansas was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team as it arrived to home and away splits, going a perfect 16-0 at Allen Fieldhouse but just 3-8 in true road games — very confusing results.
The Jayhawks had to battle through accidents, losing guard Lagerald Vick for its summer in early February. He is a senior and will not be back next year. Furthermore, junior centre Udoka Azubuike played just nine games in 2018-19. However, Kansas, despite those big holes in the frontcourt and backcourt, still had a Round of 32 look. The Jayhawks should 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 adequate price.
Auburn Providing Best Value
Head coach Bruce Pearl must be proud of this effort his team put in last season, heading 30-10, for example winning the SEC championship and falling just to eventual national champion Virginia 63-62 at the Final Four. The team had four seniors, including shield 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 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 team is going to cause waves and +3300 could be a steal as we near March following year.
Here’s a look at the Complete list of chances for the 2020 school hoops championship:
2019-20 College BASKETBALL Champion Odds
Michigan State +800
North Carolina +1200
Mississippi State +3300
Texas Tech +3300
Florida State +6600