No Clear-Cut Favorite As Five Teams At +1000 To Win March Madness

As the college basketball season continues after the Christmas break, what’s fascinating to note is that we don’t have a favorite. It’s been such a topsy-turvy season that we’ve had six different teams in the No. 1 spot in the rankings through the first seven weeks. Five of those teams have lost a game already, so the it’s been quite the musical chairs.

The oddsmakers mostly agree with the polls as the odds to win the 2020 NCAA Tournament show no favorite. There are five teams tied at +1000 to win March Madness. We also have 12 teams at 20/1 or shorter to win the title, so it’s a complete crapshoot as of right now. As we get set to tip off the games following the break, let’s take a close look at the five favorites:

DUKE BLUE DEVILS
ODDS TO WIN 2020 NCAA TOURNAMENT: +1000

The Blue Devils have bounced back from their loss to Stephen F. Austin, but that loss (at home) hasn’t been forgotten. Duke has to convince the country that it can dominate the ACC, which is hardly a sure thing at this point. We will have a much better idea of where Duke stands one month from now, after it has made a few ACC road trips and has been able to test itself against the upper-tier teams in its conference.

GONZAGA BULLDOGS
ODDS TO WIN 2020 NCAA TOURNAMENT: +1000

The Zags are the beneficiaries of all the losses by No. 1-ranked teams this season as they’re the new No. 1 in the United States. Given the fact that GU will soon play games in the West Coast Conference – where it normally does extremely well – the Zags might actually keep the No. 1 ranking for a long time – possibly all the way into the NCAA Tournament. Does that mean anything, though? Gonzaga was the top seed in the West last March and lost to Texas Tech in the Elite Eight, so their status as a national title contender will be hard to pin down in the coming months. We won’t know if they’re legit or merely playing through a soft schedule.

KANSAS JAYHAWKS
ODDS TO WIN 2020 NCAA TOURNAMENT: +1000

The Jayhawks lost a close game on the road at Villanova to fall out of the No. 1 spot and watched guard Marcus Garrett get injured in the first half of that one-point loss. They have reason to believe that if Garrett is healthy, they have the best starting five in the country. If Kansas can get back to full strength relatively soon, they might be able to rise to the top tier of the national rankings and be in position to make a run in late February and early March.

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS
ODDS TO WIN 2020 NCAA TOURNAMENT: +1000

The Cardinals play in-state rival Kentucky this upcoming Saturday, which will tell us a lot about them. A win there would be huge, while a loss would significantly dent this team’s confidence. This is a gigantic game which, like it or not, will influence a lot of perceptions about the Cardinals and how good they really are (or aren’t).

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
ODDS TO WIN 2020 NCAA TOURNAMENT: +1000

The Buckeyes got clobbered on the road against Minnesota, but they bounced back and beat Kentucky in a neutral-site game in Las Vegas. Ohio State has won multiple games this season away from home against blueblood teams such as Kentucky and also North Carolina. While the Buckeyes are playing with veteran composure and have a star in Kaleb Wesson, who could carry the team in March, the Minnesota loss does carry some questions. They’ll be tested more rigorously in Big Ten play and then we’ll know more about them.

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