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Odds to Win the Men's 2014 College Basketball Championship

Michigan State has the lowest odds to win the Big Dance this season, but this season is wide open with many great teams that can win the NCAA title. All future odds provided by Bovada.

All stats and standings are as of January 14th.

Michigan St Odds: +450

MSU is a solid team that has a good offense and defense and have already knocked off 2 top 5 teams in Kentucky and Ohio State. Gary Harris and Keith Appling are the 2 leading scorers for the Spartans and both can shoot lights out from deep. The Spartans have the offense, but their defense is not bad, but only ranks 55th in the nation.

Kansas Odds: +600

Kansas has had their growing pains early in the season, but have started Big 12 play 3-0 with 2 wins over ranked teams. Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embid are both freshman and may be a couple of lottery picks in the next draft. The Jayhawks are young, but stacked, which is why they have good odds.

Kentucky Odds: +600

Kentucky is another young and stacked team led by Julius Randle, who is a 6'9" freshman stud that is the team's leading scorer and rebounder. The Wildcats are solid, but so far on the season are only 1-3 facing ranked teams, which they will obviously face in the Big Dance.

Oklahoma St Odds: +800

Oklahoma State is a high scoring team led by star G Marcus Smart, who is the team's leading scorer and bypassed being a lottery pick to come back to school. They have already beaten 2 ranked teams this season and have a solid inside/outside game.

Arizona Odds: +800

As of January 15th Arizona is the top ranked team in the nation and undefeated. They have already beaten Duke and Michigan and have one of the best freshman in the nation in Aaron Gordon, who ranks 2nd on the team in scoring and first in rebounding. The team is led by their defense, which ranks 4th in the nation only allowing an average of 56 ppg.

Louisville Odds: +900

Louisville is the defending champion, but is 0-3 facing ranked teams this season. Still they have one of the nation's highest scoring teams, rank 32ats in the nation on defense, and are led by star G Russ Smith, who is averaging over 18 ppg.

Duke Odds: +1000

Duke already has 4 losses on the season, but you can never count the Blue Devils out. Jabari Parker may be the No. 1 pick in the next draft and he and Rodney Hood are each averaging over 18 ppg. One concern for Duke is that they are not a good rebounding team ranking 232nd in the nation in rebounds per game.

Ohio State Odds: +1200

Ohio State got off to a great start of the season and after winning their first 2 Big games they lost their next 2. The Buckeyes do not have a high scoring offense, but defense is key in the Big Dance and OSU have a great one ranking 6th in the nation.

Syracuse +1200

Cuse is one of the last undefeated teams in the nation and they have great senior leadership with T.J. Fair being the leading scorer and 2nd leading rebounder. They are 2-0 facing ranked teams and have a win over North Carolina. One thing that is key for the Orange capturing another national title is their defense, which ranks 8th in the nation.

Here are the odds for the top teams to win the NCAAB title this season as of January 16th.

  • Michigan St +450
  • Kansas +600
  • Kentucky +600
  • Oklahoma St +800
  • Arizona +800
  • Louisville +900
  • Duke +1000
  • Ohio St +1200
  • Syracuse +1200
  • Florida +1500
  • Wisconsin +2000
  • North Carolina +3000
  • Iowa St +3000
  • Oregon +4000
  • Iowa +4000
  • Wichita St +4000
  • Villanova +4000
  • San Diego St +5000
  • Creighton +7500
  • Pittsburgh +7500
  • UCLA +7500
  • Michigan +7500
  • Baylor +8000
  • Colorado +8000

Previous College Basketball Championship Odds

We are still a couple of months away from the start of another college basketball season but it is a perfect time to take an early look at Bovada's futures odds for a few of the top contenders to win this season's national title.


Everyone remembers Louisville's impressive run to last season's NCAA basketball's national championship, but with a brand new season right around the corner it is time to focus your handicapping efforts on this year's top contenders for the title. To get you ready for all the action Bovada has released its futures odds for all the major programs in the country.

The team at the top of that list as a 7/2 favorite to win it all is the Kentucky Wildcats. After cruising their way to a national title in 2012 with one of the youngest teams in college basketball, that same plan could only produce a 21-12 straight-up record in 2013 and an embarrassing 59-57 loss to Robert Morris in the opening round of the NIT as four-point favorites. The Wildcats' downturn should be brief with Alex Poythress, Kyle Wilter and Willie Cauley-Stein back to join one of the best recruiting classes in recent memory. On paper, this should form one of the most formidable lineups in college basketball.

One team that might take issue with Kentucky being the team to beat this season is the Kansas Jayhawks. The addition of Andrew Wiggens as the top recruit in the nation has already erased the sting of losing all five starters from last season's team that posted a 31-6 record. It also helps to ease the pain from a heart-breaking 87-85 overtime loss to Michigan in the Sweet 16 as one-point favorites. With Wiggens on board, the Jayhawks have been opened as 11/2 second-favorites to cut down the nets in early April next year. To get there, they will also need a big effort from Perry Ellis, Jamari Traylor and Naadir Tharpe, who all played key roles last season as backups.

The odds fall off from there with the Duke Blue Devils opened as 10/1 third favorites. They are coming off a very successful season that took them all the way to the Elite 8 and finished with an overall record of 30-6. While they were no match for Louisville in that quarterfinal game with an 85-63 loss as four-point underdogs, this year's squad could have enough talent to go all the way. Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry are gone, but Coach K landed the No.2-ranked player in the nation in small forward Jabari Parker and he still has Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon running his backcourt. Another huge addition is Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood.

One of two fourth-favorites to win a national title at 12/1 is the defending champion Louisville Cardinals. The only major losses from last year's squad were Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng. Head coach Rick Pitino is counting on junior college transfer Chris Jones and top high school recruit Terry Rozier to fill the void left by Siva and he will have forwards Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear back to fill Dieng's presence in the paint. Another player to watch is Montrezl Harrell and last year's Final Four MVP Luke Hancock should play a much bigger role all season long.

The Michigan State Spartans have also been opened at 12/1 to win a national title this season. After coming-up short in a 71-61 loss to Duke in the Sweet 16 last season as two-point underdogs to finish 27-9 on the year, they return the bulk of the starting lineup from last year's squad. Coach Tom Izzo caught a huge break when both Gary Harris and Adreian Payne decided to return for another season. He will also have point guard Keith Appling to team-up with Harris in the backcourt and Branden Dawson as a formidable presence underneath the boards.

The odds for a few other high-profile contenders to win this year's national championship include North Carolina and Ohio State at 16/1, Arizona and Florida at 18/1 and Michigan and Oklahoma State at 25/1.

  • 2014 College Basketball Team Title Odds

  • Kentucky 3/1
  • Kansas 11/2
  • Michigan State 9/1
  • Louisville 10/1
  • Duke 12/1
  • Arizona 18/1
  • North Carolina 18/1
  • Ohio State 18/1
  • Florida 20/1
  • Michigan 25/1
  • Oklahoma State 25/1
  • Syracuse 33/1
  • Connecticut 40/1
  • Indiana 40/1
  • Memphis 40/1
  • Colorado 50/1
  • Georgetown 50/1
  • Gonzaga 50/1
  • Marquette 50/1
  • St. Louis 50/1
  • Wisconsin 50/1
  • Baylor 66/1
  • Creighton 66/1
  • Iowa 66/1
  • Missouri 66/1
  • NC State 66/1
  • St. John's 66/1
  • Tennessee 66/1
  • UCLA 66/1
  • VCU 66/1
  • Wichita State 66/1
  • Butler 75/1
  • Florida State 75/1
  • Illinois 75/1
  • Minnesota 75/1
  • New Mexico 75/1
  • UNLV 75/1
  • Villanova 75/1
  • Virginia 75/1
  • Alabama 100/1
  • Arizona State 100/1
  • BYU 100/1
  • Cincinnati 100/1
  • Kansas State 100/1
  • Miami Florida 100/1
  • Notre Dame 100/1
  • Ole Miss 100/1
  • Oregon 100/1
  • Pittsburgh 100/1
  • Purdue 100/1
  • San Diego State 100/1
  • Stanford 100/1
  • Texas 100/1
  • Vanderbilt 100/1
  • Arkansas 150/1
  • Boise State 150/1
  • California 150/1
  • Iowa State 150/1
  • St. Mary's 150/1
  • Temple 150/1
  • West Virginia 150/1
  • Colorado State 200/1
  • LSU 200/1
  • Maryland 200/1
  • Oklahoma 200/1
  • USC 200/1
  • Clemson 250/1
  • Davidson 250/1
  • Dayton 250/1
  • Georgia 250/1
  • Georgia Tech 250/1
  • Harvard 250/1
  • South Carolina 250/1
  • Texas A&M 250/1
  • Virginia Tech 250/1
  • Wake Forest 250/1
  • Washington 250/1
  • Washington State 250/1
  • Xavier 250/1
  • Boston College 500/1
  • Mississippi State 500/1
  • Northwestern 500/1
  • St. Joe's 500/1