2020 March Madness Odds: Super Early Look into the Future2020 March Madness Odds: Super Early Look into the Futureadmin
As one season closes, another is set to start in just a mere six months and it’s never too early to place a futures bet on who you think are the team cutting down the nets at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium at Atlanta next April. The Virginia Cavaliers maintained the 2019 title, their first in history, but they sit on the oddsboard, two areas behind the Kentucky Wildcats, that are the +500 favorite.
BetOnline has Kentucky as the favorite to win against the 2020 college hoops championship at +500 followed closely by Duke in +600, Virginia in +650, Michigan State in +800, and Michigan and North Carolina in +1200 to round out the top teams on the oddsboard.
Tread Lightly with Kentucky
Kentucky had a powerful 2018-19 effort, putting 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 possess the Wildcats playing in a high level, but he will have to enter the season with rather a different look. Four of Kentucky’s starting five will be likely to graduate or be drafted in the NBA since Reid Travis is an old and P.J. Washington, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro will probably be going pro.
All is not lost, though, since the Wildcats have already done a great job recruiting for the upcoming season, procuring two 2019 McDonald’s All-Americans, shooting guard Tyrese Maxey and small forward Khalil Whitney. I expect sophomores Immanuel Quickley and E.J. Montgomery to lead the fee and will work well with the incoming freshmen. With their new appearance, I would be hesitant to lay a bet on this bar at +500 at this point.
Kansas May be Well-Balanced and Experienced
Kansas had an extremely intriguing 2018-19, revealing flashes of brilliance and being rated in the top five in the AP survey for eight weeks, including two weeks at the top place. Overall, the Jayhawks finished the year with a 26-10 record, falling to Auburn in the Round of 32. Kansas was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team when it came to house and away splits, heading a perfect 16-0 at Allen Fieldhouse but just 3-8 in true road games — quite confusing results.
The Jayhawks needed to battle through accidents, losing guard Lagerald Vick for the season in early February. He is a senior and won’t be back next year. Additionally, junior center Udoka Azubuike played only nine matches in 2018-19. However, Kansas, despite those huge holes in the frontcourt and backcourt, still needed a Round of 32 appearance. The Jayhawks must be feisty this upcoming season as I do not expect Azubuike to be drafted and Vick are their only loss, so odds of +2000 provide decent value.
Auburn Providing Best Value
Head coach Bruce Pearl has to be proud of this effort his team put in this past season, heading 30-10, including winning the SEC championship and falling just to eventual national champion Virginia 63-62 in the Final Four. The group had four seniors, including guard Bryce Brown, who led the team with 15.9 points per match.
On the other hand, the core of the group should return for the 2019-20 year, most notably Jared Harper and Chuma Okeke, who combined for 27.3 ppg. Harper led the team with 5.8 assists per game, while Okeke was the team leader with 6.8 rebounds per game. Additionally, Pearl has recruited five players that have signed letters of intent, including little forward Isaac Okoro,who’s the 37th-ranked recruit. I think this team is going to cause waves and +3300 could be a steal as we near March next year.
Here’s a look at the full list of chances for the 2020 college hoops championship:
2019-20 College BASKETBALL Champion Odds
Michigan State +800
North Carolina +1200
Mississippi State +3300
Texas Tech +3300
Florida State +6600
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