Villanova rained down 3-pointers all weekend in San Antonio and ran away with the 2018 NCAA National Championship. Villanova was one of the favorites to win the tournament all year with National Player of the Year Jalen Brunson leading the way.
So what about the 2019 tournament?
According to Bovada, Duke, at 6-1, has the best odds to win the national championship next season.
This should come as little surprise considering Duke almost always is good and almost always has some of the best odds to win the following title in early April.
After Duke, there’s Kansas at 7-1. The Jayhawks are a popular “way too early top 25 rankings” No.1 team on Tuesday morning. Kansas has been a No.1 or No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament every year since 2010, so in turn, they’ve been one of the Vegas favorites almost every year under coach Bill Self.
Defending champion Villanova and Kentucky are 8-1, but expect those odds to change if the defending champions unexpectedly get Brunson and a handful of others to return next season. As for the other Wildcats, the annual mass exodus could hamper their odds– unless players return and Kentucky all of sudden has as loaded of a roster as you’ll find in the country.
The odds of the Longhorns cutting down the nets in forward Jericho Sims’ home state of Minnesota next spring? Texas is 80-1 to win the title in Minneapolis next year.
Expect those odds to improve, maybe slightly, if Kerwin Roach returns for his senior season along with Texas adding another player (transfer or Class of 2018 member) between now and then.
Texas’ odds are the same as Baylor, Texas A&M and TCU. Considering TCU is the only team that is consistently landing in various “too early” top 25 rankings, perhaps the Horned Frogs at 80-1 is a solid bet.
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