Below are the most recent odds to win the 2019 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 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament
The start of the 2018-19 NCAA Basketball regular-season is just a little over a month away, as the season will officially start with the Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 6th. Which features quite the double-header with Duke vs Kentucky and Michigan State vs Kanas.
Now is great time to check in on the odds to win the NCAA Tournament. The odds on favorite going into the new season is the Duke Blue Devils, who are sitting at +450. Right on their heels are the Kentucky Wildcats (+500), Kanas Jayhawks (+750), Gonzaga Bulldogs (+800) and Nevada Wolf Pack (+800). You also have both the Villanova Wildcats and North Carolina Tar Heels both sitting at +1200. No other team has odds better than 20 to 1 to win the title.
The next tier of teams starts with the Virginia Cavaliers at +2200, followed closely by the Michigan State Spartans at +2800 and the Michigan Wolverines at +3500. You then have the Oregon Ducks and Tennessee Volunteers at +4000 before we find the likes of the Auburn Tigers, West Virginia Mountaineers, UCLA Bruins, Syracuse Orange and Indiana Hoosiers all at +5000.
Next in line we have the Florida Gators, Purdue Boilermakers and Wichita State Shockers at +6000. You then have the Texas Tech Red Raiders at +7000 and Arizona Wildcats at +85000.
Be sure to check back often, as we will continue to update the odds throughout the course of the regular-season and frequently once we hit March Madness.
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.
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.