It may be summertime, but College Basketball is just a few months away from getting started. Most of the programs will soon be heading overseas for team bonding and scrimmages, as most of the rosters are beginning to settle in. The transfer portal and NBA Draft rules means there is a lot of unknowns during the offseason, but now is a good time to start looking at the 2023 College Basketball odds. Who do the books have as the favorite to win March Madness? Look below for some of the favorite.
Current NCAA Tournament Futures Odds
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There are five teams between +1000 and +1200, but the sole favorite to win the NCAA Championship is the Kentucky Wildcats at +1000. Duke, Arkansas, Gonzaga, Kansas and Houston are all +1200.
The Wildcats return most of the key players from a team that was top 10 most of last season. Duke enters a new era with one of the best recruiting classes ever and Houston returns a lot from a top five team last season.
Defending champion Kansas lost plenty of key players but return a lot of talent and have two five-star recruits coming to campus. Arkansas has also lost some key players but have a deep recruiting class and they should, in my opinion, be the best team in the country.
Best of the Rest
The books have another four teams with under +2000 odds and they are the North Carolina Tar Heels, UCLA Bruins, Arizona Wildcats, and Baylor Bears. UNC and Baylor are currently +1400, Arizona sits at +1600 and Baylor is at +1800.
UNC lost Brady Manek but returned all other key players from a National Championship appearance and have three four-star recruits coming to campus. The Bruins were a strong team last season and are bringing in two five-star recruits, as well as returning most of their talent from 2021-2022. It is still early in the offseason and rosters are still taking shape, so these odds will be fluid as we head into November.