2017-18 College Basketball National Championship Odds

2017-18 College Basketball National Championship Odds

On Sunday afternoon, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook became the first sportsbook to post odds for the 2017-18 NCAA men’s basketball championship. North Carolina, who would defeat Gonzaga in the national championship the following day, opened with the fourth best odds at +1,200. Three perennial powerhouses — Kentucky, Louisville, and Duke — opened as the co-favorites at +1,000.

The table below, which uses preseason odds from 5Dimes and BetOnline, displays the title odds for the past nine national champions and preseason favorites. (Information courtesy of SportsOddsHistory)

YearChampionOddsPreseason FavOdds
2016-17North Carolina+2400Duke+525
2015-16Villanova+2000North Carolina+800
2011-12Kentucky+550North Carolina+350
2008-09North Carolina+450North Carolina+450

As you can see, Duke, North Carolina or Kentucky has been the pre-season favorite in nine of the past ten seasons with the 2012-13 Indiana Hoosiers providing the lone exception. That trend continued this season with both Duke and Kentucky opening as co-favorites.

The table below displays the 2017-18 title odds from the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.

TeamOctober 30
August 15
July 31
April 2
DUKE Blue Devils3/13/18/110/1
MICHIGAN ST Spartans4/110/18/120/1
KENTUCKY Wildcats7/18/18/110/1
ARIZONA Wildcats10/112/110/115/1
KANSAS Jayhawks12/112/110/112/1
USC Trojans20/130/120/160/1
VILLANOVA Wildcats20/130/125/112/1
FLORIDA Gators20/130/130/120/1
WICHITA ST Shockers25/130/120/120/1
NORTH CAROLINA Tar Heels25/130/125/112/1
LOUISVILLE Cardinals40/115/112/110/1
TEXAS Longhorns40/130/125/1300/1
MISSOURI Tigers40/140/140/1300/1
PURDUE Boilermakers40/1100/180/160/1
TEXAS A&M Aggies40/1100/1100/1100/1
OREGON Ducks50/150/150/160/1
ALABAMA Crimson Tide50/150/150/180/1
UCLA Bruins60/125/140/125/1
WEST VIRGINIA Mountaineers60/160/150/125/1
XAVIER Musketeers60/160/160/180/1
NOTRE DAME Fighting Irish60/160/160/180/1
ST MARY'S Gaels60/1100/180/140/1
MINNESOTA Golden Gophers60/1100/1100/1100/1
MICHIGAN Wolverines80/150/140/120/1
GONZAGA Bulldogs80/160/140/112/1
MIAMI FL Hurricanes80/160/160/150/1
SETON HALL Pirates80/1100/180/160/1
NORTHWESTERN Wildcats80/1100/1100/1100/1
TCU Horned Frogs80/1100/1100/1300/1
VIRGINIA Cavaliers100/160/160/130/1
BAYLOR Bears100/180/160/150/1
WISCONSIN Badgers100/180/180/180/1
CINCINNATI Bearcats100/1100/1100/180/1
MARYLAND Terrapins100/1100/1100/1100/1
PROVIDENCE Friars100/1200/1200/1200/1
BUTLER Bulldogs200/160/140/125/1
IOWA ST Cyclones200/180/180/180/1
CREIGHTON Bluejays200/1100/1100/180/1
VANDERBILT Commodores200/1100/1100/180/1
UCONN Huskies200/1100/1100/1100/1
SYRACUSE Orange200/1100/1100/1100/1
ARKANSAS Razorbacks200/1100/1100/1100/1
NEVADA Wolfpack200/1100/1100/1100/1
AUBURN Tigers200/1100/1300/1300/1
VIRGINIA TECH Hokies200/1200/1100/1100/1
RHODE ISLAND Rams200/1300/1300/1300/1
OKLAHOMA Sooners300/180/180/140/1
FLORIDA ST Seminoles300/1100/180/140/1
INDIANA Hoosiers300/1100/1100/120/1
SMU Mustangs300/1100/1100/180/1
ILLINOIS Fighting Illini300/1100/1100/1100/1
SOUTH CAROLINA Gamecocks300/1100/1100/1100/1
UTAH Utes300/1100/1100/1100/1
UNLV Runnin' Rebels300/1100/1100/11000/1
VCU Rams300/1200/1100/1100/1
MARQUETTE Golden Eagles300/1200/1100/1100/1
SAN DIEGO ST Aztecs300/1200/1200/1100/1
GEORGIA Bulldogs300/1300/1200/1200/1
WAKE FOREST Demon Deacons300/1300/1300/1300/1
IOWA Hawkeyes300/1300/1300/1300/1
PENN ST Nittany Lions300/1300/1300/1300/1
BYU Cougars300/1300/1300/1300/1
ARIZONA ST Sun Devils300/1300/1300/1300/1
STANFORD Cardinal300/1300/1300/1300/1
TEXAS TECH Red Raiders500/1300/1300/1300/1
DAYTON Flyers500/1300/1300/1300/1
CLEMSON Tigers500/1300/1300/1300/1
ST JOHN'S Red Storm500/1300/1300/1300/1
OHIO ST Buckeyes500/1300/1300/1300/1
NEBRASKA Cornhuskers500/1300/1300/1300/1
OLE MISS Rebels500/1300/1300/1300/1
TENNESSEE Volunteers500/1300/1300/1300/1
MISSISSIPPI ST Bulldogs500/1300/1300/1300/1
KANSAS ST Wildcats500/1300/1300/1300/1
OKLAHOMA ST Cowboys500/1300/1300/1300/1
HOUSTON Cougars500/1500/1500/1500/1
CENTRAL FLORIDA Golden Knights500/1500/1500/1500/1
DAVIDSON Wildcats500/1500/1500/1500/1
GEORGIA TECH Yellow Jackets500/1500/1500/1500/1
NC STATE Wolfpack500/1500/1500/1500/1
MIDDLE TENN ST Blue Raiders500/1500/1500/1500/1
COLORADO ST Rams500/1500/1500/1500/1
BOISE ST Broncos500/1500/1500/1500/1
FRESNO ST Bulldogs500/1500/1500/1500/1
OREGON ST Beavers500/1500/1500/1500/1
ST BONAVENTURE Bonnies500/11000/11000/11000/1
CHARLESTON Cougars500/11000/11000/11000/1
OAKLAND Golden Grizzlies500/11000/11000/11000/1
BELMONT Bruins500/11000/11000/11000/1
BUFFALO Bulls500/11000/11000/11000/1
CALIFORNIA Golden Bears1000/1300/1300/1300/1
COLORADO Buffaloes1000/1300/1300/1300/1
ILLINOIS ST Redbirds1000/1500/1300/1300/1
MEMPHIS Tigers1000/1500/1500/1500/1
RICHMOND Spiders1000/1500/1500/1500/1
La Salle EXPLORERS1000/1500/1500/1500/1
LSU Tigers1000/1500/1500/1500/1
GEORGETOWN Hoyas1000/1200/1200/1200/1
WYOMING Cowboys1000/11000/1500/1500/1
VERMONT Catamounts1000/11000/11000/11000/1
ST LOUIS Billikens1000/11000/11000/11000/1
OLD DOMINION Monarchs1000/11000/11000/11000/1
PRINCETON Tigers1000/11000/11000/11000/1
HARVARD Crimson1000/11000/11000/11000/1
YALE Bulldogs1000/11000/11000/11000/1
TEXAS ARLINGTON Mavericks1000/11000/11000/11000/1
GEORGIA ST Panthers1000/11000/11000/11000/1
VALPARAISO Crusaders1000/11000/11000/11000/1
NORTHERN IOWA Panthers1000/11000/11000/11000/1
NEW MEXICO ST Aggies1000/11000/11000/11000/1
GRAND CANYON Antelopes1000/11000/11000/11000/1
FLORIDA GULF COAST Eagles1000/12000/12000/12000/1
LOUISIANA TECH Bulldogs1000/12000/12000/12000/1
GEORGE WASHINGTON Colonials2000/11000/11000/11000/1
GEORGE MASON Patriots2000/11000/11000/11000/1
NC WILMINGTON Seahawks2000/11000/11000/11000/1
PITTSBURGH Panthers2000/1500/1500/1500/1
ARKANSAS ST Red Wolves2000/11000/11000/11000/1
AKRON Zips2000/11000/11000/11000/1
OHIO Bobcats2000/11000/11000/11000/1
NEW MEXICO Lobos2000/11000/11000/11000/1
UTAH ST Aggies2000/11000/11000/11000/1
WASHINGTON ST Cougars2000/11000/11000/11000/1
EAST TENNESSEE ST Buccaneers2000/11000/11000/11000/1
CHATTANOOGA Mocs2000/11000/11000/11000/1
BOSTON COLLEGE Eagles2000/11000/11000/11000/1
NC CENTRAL Eagles2000/13000/13000/12000/1
LA LAFAYETTE Ragin' Cajuns2000/13000/13000/12000/1
WESTERN KENTUCKY Hilltoppers2000/13000/13000/11000/1
MONMOUTH Hawks3000/12000/12000/12000/1
TROY Trojans3000/12000/12000/12000/1
PENNSYLVANIA Quakers3000/13000/13000/12000/1
BUCKNELL Bison3000/13000/13000/12000/1
WASHINGTON Huskies3000/13000/13000/12000/1
UTEP Miners3000/15000/15000/15000/1
MT ST MARYS Mountaineers5000/15000/15000/15000/1
SAN FRANCISCO Dons5000/15000/15000/15000/1
WRIGHT ST Raiders5000/15000/15000/15000/1
JACKSONVILLE ST Gamecocks5000/15000/15000/15000/1
NC GREENSBORO Spartans5000/15000/15000/15000/1
SOUTH DAKOTA Coyotes5000/15000/15000/15000/1
NORTH DAKOTA ST Bison5000/15000/15000/15000/1
IPFW Mastodons5000/15000/15000/15000/1
SOUTH DAKOTA ST Jackrabbits5000/15000/15000/15000/1
IUPUI Jaguars5000/15000/15000/15000/1
CS BAKERSFIELD Roadrunners5000/15000/15000/15000/1
TEXAS ST Bobcats5000/15000/15000/15000/1
COASTAL CAROLINA Chanticleers5000/15000/15000/15000/1
ALBANY Great Danes5000/15000/15000/15000/1
FIELD ( All Others )300/1300/1300/1300/1

Last year a new rule was put in place which allows players to declare for the NBA Draft, remove their names before May 24th deadline, and still retain their college eligibility. This will make these next few weeks particularly interesting, as players are being highly incentivized to at least test the draft waters. Once it’s clear who’s staying and who’s going, it will be easier to analyze the futures market. That said, the Minnesota Golden Gophers look like an interesting value play at +10,000.

Minnesota will graduate just one senior (Akeem Springs) after an impressive 24-10 season that concluded with a tough first round tournament loss against an under-seeded Middle Tennessee State team. The Golden Gophers return 88% of their scoring, 93% of their rebounding and 92% of their assists. With ESPN top 100 recruit Isaiah Washington joining an experienced backcourt that includes a potential Big Ten Player of the Year candidate (Nate Mason), the Golden Gophers could once again surprise folks next season.

The college basketball season may be over, but make sure to bookmark our free NCAAB odds page for the latest odds, public betting trends, futures and more.

Which teams to you believe are being undervalued? Does North Carolina have a chance to repeat? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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David Solar

David was the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He has since moved on to greener pastures.

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