Odds on the NCAA Basketball tournament

Below are the most recent odds to win the 2020 NCAA Tournament. The most recent numbers will be under the “Now” column. Teams will be ordered based on who has the best chance of cutting down the nets.

We will be back to look at the odds at several points throughout the season, so be sure to check back often.  Our college basketball lines pages let’s you compare the live numbers from several top books.

Betting Odds & Favorites to Win the 2020 NCAA Basketball Tournament

TeamCurrent OddsImplied Probability
Kansas+60014.29%
Gonzaga+68512.74%
Baylor+9159.85%
Duke+9859.22%
Dayton+13656.83%
Maryland+13756.78%
Louisville+14006.67%
San Diego State+15506.06%
Kentucky+15506.06%
Seton Hall+19005.00%
Michigan State+19504.88%
Florida State+20004.76%
Villanova+26003.70%
Oregon+28503.39%
Creighton+30003.23%
Michigan+35002.78%
Arizona+36502.67%
Auburn+37002.63%
Penn State+39502.47%
West Virginia+45002.17%
Ohio State+48002.04%
Colorado+60001.64%
Texas Tech+60001.64%
Houston+65001.52%
BYU+70001.41%
Butler+75001.32%
Iowa+80001.23%
Illinois+115000.86%
Wisconsin+115000.86%
Virginia+115000.86%
Florida+120000.83%
LSU+125000.79%
Marquette+130000.76%
Rutgers+185000.54%
USC+215000.46%
Utah State+220000.45%
Xavier+225000.44%
Purdue+235000.42%
Saint Marys CA+245000.41%
Memphis+300000.33%
Arizona State+300000.33%
Wichita State+325000.31%
NC State+340000.29%
Providence+365000.27%
Indiana+375000.27%
Cincinnati+375000.27%
Mississippi State+400000.25%
Oklahoma+500000.20%
Stanford+550000.18%
Alabama+600000.17%
Notre Dame+650000.15%
Arkansas+650000.15%
Syracuse+700000.14%
UCLA+800000.12%
Minnesota+850000.12%
North Carolina+850000.12%
Tennessee+850000.12%
Clemson+1000000.10%
South Carolina+1000000.10%
Texas+1200000.08%
Virginia Tech+1250000.08%
New Mexico State+1250000.08%
St Louis+1800000.06%
VA Commonwealth+2000000.05%
Connecticut+2500000.04%
Georgetown+2500000.04%
Washington+2500000.04%
Georgia+2500000.04%
Oregon State+2500000.04%
SMU+2500000.04%
TCU+2500000.04%
Oklahoma State+3000000.03%
Temple+3500000.03%
St Bonaventure+4000000.02%
Texas A&M+4000000.02%
Utah+4000000.02%
Pittsburgh+4500000.02%
Boise State+4500000.02%
UC Irvine+4500000.02%
Harvard+5000000.02%
Missouri+5000000.02%
Miami Florida+5500000.02%
Iowa State+6000000.02%
Davidson+6500000.02%
Mississippi+7000000.01%
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Kansas+600+1000+1200+1200+2000
Gonzaga+685+1000+1600+2000+1600
Baylor+915+3000+5000+5000
Duke+985+950+900+1000+650
Dayton+1365+4000
Maryland+1375+1600+2500+2800+6600
Louisville+1400+1000+1000+1400+2500
San Diego State+1550+4500+25000
Kentucky+1550+1600+1000+800+600
Seton Hall+1900+5000+3000+4000+6600
Michigan State+1950+1400+750+700+800
Florida State+2000+6000+8000+4000+6600
Villanova+2600+3500+2500+2000+1600
Oregon+2850+1500+2000+2800+2200
Creighton+3000+12500+10000+5000
Michigan+3500+1600+4000+3300+1200
Arizona+3650+3000+2800+3300+2800
Auburn+3700+4000+3300+3300+3300
Penn State+3950+17500
West Virginia+4500+7500+10000
Ohio State+4800+1000+2500+3300+6600
Colorado+6000+8000+10000+6600
Texas Tech+6000+3500+2500+2500+3300
Houston+6500+9000+7000+5000+5000
BYU+7000+20000
Butler+7500+5000
Iowa+8000+15000+10000+6600+5000
Illinois+11500+12500+15000
Wisconsin+11500+15000+10000+8000
Virginia+11500+3000+2000+2000+750
Florida+12000+3000+1600+1600+5000
LSU+12500+9000+8000+6600+6600
Marquette+13000+10000+8000+5000+3300
Rutgers+18500
USC+21500+20000+10000+10000+10000
Utah State+22000+8000
Xavier+22500+8000+5000+5000+6600
Purdue+23500+7000+5000+3300+5000
Saint Marys CA+24500
Memphis+30000+4000+1400+1400+6600
Arizona State+30000+17500+15000+10000
Wichita State+32500+15000
NC State+34000+25000
Providence+36500+30000
Indiana+37500+10000+10000+10000
Cincinnati+37500+12500+8000+6600+5000
Mississippi State+40000+15000+12500+5000+3300
Oklahoma+50000+25000
Stanford+55000+40000
Alabama+60000+12500+10000+6600
Notre Dame+65000+30000+10000
Arkansas+65000+15000+20000+15000
Syracuse+70000+15000+8000+5000+5000
UCLA+80000+17500+12500+10000+10000
Minnesota+85000
North Carolina+85000+2800+1600+1600+1400
Tennessee+85000+8000+8000+4000+3300
Clemson+100000
South Carolina+100000
Texas+120000+9000+6000+3300+4000
Virginia Tech+125000+17500+25000
New Mexico State+125000
St Louis+180000
VA Commonwealth+200000
Connecticut+250000+10000+10000+8000
Georgetown+250000+40000+15000
Washington+250000+6000+3000+4000
Georgia+250000+12500+10000+10000
Oregon State+250000
SMU+250000+50000
TCU+250000
Oklahoma State+300000+15000+25000
Temple+350000+50000
St Bonaventure+400000
Texas A&M+400000+20000+12000
Utah+400000
Pittsburgh+450000+30000
Boise State+450000
UC Irvine+450000
Harvard+500000
Missouri+500000+20000
Miami Florida+550000
Iowa State+600000+25000+12500
Davidson+650000+40000
Mississippi+700000

As we approach the end of January, it’s time to take a look at the updated odds to win the 2020 NCAAB National Championship.

This is one of those years where it feels like we could see a Final Four that doesn’t have a single No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 seed in it. At least right now there doesn’t appear to be any elite teams. There’s a lot of really good teams and a bunch of other teams who aren’t far back from the top of the back.

We definitely see that in the odds. Right now Kansas and Gonzaga are tied with the best odds at +1000, but Duke, Louisville and Baylor are all right on their heels at +1100. You also got Michigan State at +1600 and Oregon at +1800.

Next up we got Kentucky, Dayton, San Diego State, Seton Hall and West Virginia all at +2000. Not too far back from them there’s Butler at +2200, Villanova at +2500, Maryland at +2800, Ohio State at +3000 and Auburn/Florida State at +3300.

Arizona, Iowa, Illinois all come in at +4000, Virginia sits alone at +5000, followed by Florida/Colorado at +6600, Wichita State/Penn State at +7000 and North Carolina/Xavier at +7500.

Michigan, Texas Tech, Purdue, Houston, LSU and Indiana are the only other teams with odds better than 100 to 1 and they all currently sit at +8000.

Past Champions & Their Chances of Winning the Final Four

The table below lists the championship team for each season. The preseason column shows each team’s preseason chances to win the tournament.

Since the 2007 tournament, the Connecticut Huskies have the two biggest upsets in terms of overcoming their preseason odds. Both of those title games were interesting because of the seeds.

At 70 to 1 prior to the 2013-2014 season, UConn pulled off one of the most unlikely championships at any level. They entered the tournament as a 7 seed and went on to win as the second-lowest winning seed in NCAA history (#8 Villanova – 1985). It was the highest total seeds to make the championship game when the Huskies as a 7 seed took down the 8 seed Kentucky.

2011 was also interesting because they beat another 8-seed. This time it was the Butler Bulldogs. So, two massive upsets for UConn, but then again they had the easiest title games in recent memory too. If you think you can pick a massive underdog like this, just remember to look at our tournament winners by seed. You’ll see the probability of a team worse than 3-see of winning it all is very low.

SeasonTeamPreseason
2018-2019Virginia+1800
2017-2018Villanova+1200
2016-2017North Carolina+1200
2015-2016Villanova+2000
2014-2015Duke+1000
2013-2014Connecticut+7000
2012-2013Louisville+800
2011-2012Kentucky+550
2010-2011Connecticut+4000
2009-2010Duke+1200
2008-2009North Carolina+450
2007-2008Kansas+1000
2006-2007Florida+530

Handicapping Who Has the Best Chance to Win

So how do you go about picking which team will conquer March Madness and cut down the nets? There is a lot that goes into handicapping postseason games. Throw motivation out the window. Nobody is taking these games lightly.

Does a team get to place close to home? They are worth a look. Is there a team that is over-rated? That’s not saying they can’t win it all, but it will typically drive all value out of their line. Kentucky is 2015 was a good example. They came into the tournament undefeated and everyone expected them to run the table. The number got down to less than even money and of course, they were beat.

Instead, look at a few sleepers that have a chance. Don’t ignore how each seed has performed. Trust coaches with a history of success over unknowns. Lastly, remember that no team seeded worse than 8th has made the championship game.

Don’t want such a long shot but really like a team? Check out their odds to win their conference tournament. Not nearly as much competition or level of difficulty required.