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)

Year Champion Odds Preseason Fav Odds
2016-17 North Carolina +2400 Duke +525
2015-16 Villanova +2000 North Carolina +800
2014-15 Duke +1000 Kentucky +400
2013-14 UConn +7000 Kentucky +500
2012-13 Louisville +800 Indiana +700
2011-12 Kentucky +550 North Carolina +350
2010-11 UConn +4000 Duke +500
2009-10 Duke +1200 Kansas/Kentucky +500
2008-09 North Carolina +450 North 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.

Team April 2
KENTUCKY Wildcats 10/1
LOUISVILLE Cardinals 10/1
DUKE Blue Devils 10/1
KANSAS Jayhawks 12/1
NORTH CAROLINA Tar Heels 12/1
VILLANOVA Wildcats 12/1
GONZAGA Bulldogs 12/1
ARIZONA Wildcats 15/1
MICHIGAN Wolverines 20/1
INDIANA Hoosiers 20/1
WICHITA ST Shockers 20/1
FLORIDA Gators 20/1
BUTLER Bulldogs 25/1
MICHIGAN ST Spartans 20/1
WEST VIRGINIA Mountaineers 25/1
VIRGINIA Cavaliers 30/1
OKLAHOMA Sooners 40/1
FLORIDA ST Seminoles 40/1
ST MARY'S Gaels 40/1
UCLA Bruins 25/1
BAYLOR Bears 50/1
MIAMI FL Hurricanes 50/1
OREGON Ducks 60/1
SETON HALL Pirates 60/1
PURDUE Boilermakers 60/1
USC Trojans 60/1
WISCONSIN Badgers 80/1
XAVIER Musketeers 80/1
SMU Mustangs 80/1
CINCINNATI Bearcats 80/1
IOWA ST Cyclones 80/1
CREIGHTON Bluejays 80/1
ALABAMA Crimson Tide 80/1
VANDERBILT Commodores 80/1
NOTRE DAME Fighting Irish 80/1
U CONN Huskies 100/1
VCU Rams 100/1
VIRGINIA TECH Hokies 100/1
SYRACUSE Orange 100/1
MARQUETTE Golden Eagles 100/1
MARYLAND Terrapins 100/1
MINNESOTA Golden Gophers 100/1
NORTHWESTERN Wildcats 100/1
ILLINOIS Fighting Illini 100/1
ARKANSAS Razorbacks 100/1
SOUTH CAROLINA Gamecocks 100/1
TEXAS A&M Aggies 100/1
NEVADA Wolfpack 100/1
SAN DIEGO ST Aztecs 100/1
UTAH Utes 100/1
PROVIDENCE Friars 200/1
GEORGETOWN Hoyas 200/1
GEORGIA Bulldogs 200/1
OKLAHOMA ST Cowboys 300/1
KANSAS ST Wildcats 300/1
TCU Horned Frogs 300/1
TEXAS TECH Red Raiders 300/1
DAYTON Flyers 300/1
RHODE ISLAND Rams 300/1
WAKE FOREST Demon Deacons 300/1
CLEMSON Tigers 300/1
ST JOHN'S Red Storm 300/1
IOWA Hawkeyes 300/1
OHIO ST Buckeyes 300/1
PENN ST Nittany Lions 300/1
NEBRASKA Cornhuskers 300/1
TEXAS Longhorns 300/1
ILLINOIS ST Redbirds 300/1
OLE MISS Rebels 300/1
TENNESSEE Volunteers 300/1
AUBURN Tigers 300/1
MISSISSIPPI ST Bulldogs 300/1
MISSOURI Tigers 300/1
BYU Cougars 300/1
CALIFORNIA Golden Bears 300/1
COLORADO Buffaloes 300/1
ARIZONA ST Sun Devils 300/1
STANFORD Cardinal 300/1
HOUSTON Cougars 500/1
CENTRAL FLORIDA Golden Knights 500/1
MEMPHIS Tigers 500/1
RICHMOND Spiders 500/1
La Salle EXPLORERS 500/1
DAVIDSON Wildcats 500/1
GEORGIA TECH Yellow Jackets 500/1
PITTSBURGH Panthers 500/1
NC STATE Wolfpack 500/1
MIDDLE TENN ST Blue Raiders 500/1
LSU Tigers 500/1
COLORADO ST Rams 500/1
BOISE ST Broncos 500/1
FRESNO ST Bulldogs 500/1
WYOMING Cowboys 500/1
OREGON ST Beavers 500/1
VERMONT Catamounts 1000/1
ST BONAVENTURE Bonnies 1000/1
GEORGE WASHINGTON Colonials 1000/1
GEORGE MASON Patriots 1000/1
ST LOUIS Billikens 1000/1
NC WILMINGTON Seahawks 1000/1
CHARLESTON Cougars 1000/1
OLD DOMINION Monarchs 1000/1
PRINCETON Tigers 1000/1
HARVARD Crimson 1000/1
YALE Bulldogs 1000/1
TEXAS ARLINGTON Mavericks 1000/1
GEORGIA ST Panthers 1000/1
ARKANSAS ST Red Wolves 1000/1
OAKLAND Golden Grizzlies 1000/1
VALPARAISO Crusaders 1000/1
NORTHERN IOWA Panthers 1000/1
BELMONT Bruins 1000/1
AKRON Zips 1000/1
OHIO Bobcats 1000/1
BUFFALO Bulls 1000/1
NEW MEXICO Lobos 1000/1
UTAH ST Aggies 1000/1
UNLV Runnin' Rebels 1000/1
WASHINGTON ST Cougars 1000/1
EAST TENNESSEE ST Buccaneers 1000/1
CHATTANOOGA Mocs 1000/1
NEW MEXICO ST Aggies 1000/1
GRAND CANYON Antelopes 1000/1
WESTERN KENTUCKY Hilltoppers 1000/1
BOSTON COLLEGE Eagles 1000/1
FLORIDA GULF COAST Eagles 2000/1
LOUISIANA TECH Bulldogs 2000/1
PENNSYLVANIA Quakers 2000/1
NC CENTRAL Eagles 2000/1
BUCKNELL Bison 2000/1
MONMOUTH Hawks 2000/1
WASHINGTON Huskies 2000/1
LA LAFAYETTE Ragin' Cajuns 2000/1
TROY Trojans 2000/1
UTEP Miners 5000/1
MT ST MARYS Mountaineers 5000/1
SAN FRANCISCO Dons 5000/1
WRIGHT ST Raiders 5000/1
JACKSONVILLE ST Gamecocks 5000/1
NC GREENSBORO Spartans 5000/1
SOUTH DAKOTA Coyotes 5000/1
NORTH DAKOTA ST Bison 5000/1
IPFW Mastodons 5000/1
SOUTH DAKOTA ST Jackrabbits 5000/1
IUPUI Jaguars 5000/1
CS BAKERSFIELD Roadrunners 5000/1
TEXAS ST Bobcats 5000/1
COASTAL CAROLINA Chanticleers 5000/1
ALBANY Great Danes 5000/1
FIELD ( All Others ) 300/1

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 Solar is the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He specializes in sports betting analytics and creating data-driven betting systems. He can be reached directly at david@sportsinsights.com or on twitter at @TheDavidSolar.

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