Early NCAA Championship Odds Update
The NCAA Basketball season is going in full force. Last week we saw a handful of upset losses that really shook up the college basketball world. Did it shake up the future odds for the NCAA Championship, though?
Indiana – 5/1
Indiana has hovered around the number one spot in the NCAA Championship odds since they opened up in November. Indiana is not ranked number one on any of the polls but they still cling to the top of Bovada’s championship odds. Indiana is at 15-2 and after an upset loss to their Big 10 rivals, Wisconsin, they lost their spot on top of the Big 10 division, and they’re moral is definitely low. Indiana’s next few games, though, should be give-mes meaning they should still find themselves hovering in around the number one spot for the rest of January.
Duke – 6/1
With a 16-1 win-loss record the Duke Blue Devils have one of the best records in the NCAA. This is enough to put them as the number two team most likely to win the NCAA Championship according to the odds. They recently were upset by N.C. State, but they did not let that slow their roll. They came back to crush Georgia Tech 73-57 to regain their momentum. Duke also boasts a very impressive victory over Louisville.
Louisville – 8/1
After defeating Kentucky and showing their in-state rivals that their is only room for one Blue Grass State team in the top 25 Lousiville has been on fire. They are ranked number one in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll, the only two polls that matter to some people. They are 16-1 with their only loss of the season was a close one against Duke early in the season. Perhaps, this is is the only reason why Duke is above Louisville in the odds.
Michigan – 8/1
While many may put Kansas above Michigan in the odds, Michigan holds a slight advantage over Kansas (9/1).
Michigan boasts a 17-1 record and have a better win-loss ratio than Indiana, their Big 10 rivals. Michigan is a team that is able to compete in the most competitive division in the NCAA and holds its own against the likes of Wisconsin and Indiana. Michigan will get the chance to rise to the top of odds on Feb. 2 when they take on Indiana. This game will be Michigan’s biggest challenge yet.