HANDICAPPING 2021 NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FUTURES
Looking for 2021 College Basketball Championship Futures Betting Lines & Expert Picks? The 2021 March Madness tournament will be played within a bubble this year after there was no tournament in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The return to play after no tournament a year ago, coupled with the change in format adds some uncertainty to an always tough to predict tournament. But bettors in search of value can always find nuggets within such an extensive board. Here’s a look at 10 teams worthy of closer consideration on the futures board.
Handicapping 2021 College Basketball Futures Odds
2021 College Basketball Championship Futures Betting Lines: Gonzaga Bulldogs +275
Gonzaga was the favorite coming into the season, and an undefeated record won’t change that. The WCC hasn’t been particularly challenging for the Bulldogs, who’ve won their divisional matchups by an average margin over more than 20 points. But the team’s also shown they can handle the step up in class, already claiming double-digit victories over Virginia, Iowa, and Kansas.
2021 College Basketball Championship Futures Betting Lines: Baylor Bears +300
With double-digit victories in 15 of its first 17 games en route to a 17-0 start, Baylor’s push itself right into the thick of the national championship discussion.
The Bears are doing most of their work in the Big 12, already picking up victories over Texas, Illinois, Texas Tech, and Kansas. This team will be a force to be reckoned with as a top-seed in March.
2021 College Basketball Championship Futures Betting Lines: Michigan Wolverines +800
A 15-1 start for Michigan has thrust the Wolverines into the national top-5. The team’s already picked up double-digit victories over Wisconsin and Purdue on its resume, and would likely claim a no. 1 see in the tourney if the season ended today.
2021 College Basketball Championship Futures Betting Lines: Villanova Wildcats +1200
Villanova’s beaten up softer competition this season, but have had some hiccups when taking the step up in class. That’s something head coach Jay Wright will need to address in short order to keep his team in shape for the tournament.
2021 College Basketball Championship Futures Betting Lines: Illinois Fighting Illini +1300
Illinois seems to be rounding in form. February’s been kind to the Fighting Illini, who could make strides and potentially leapfrog the likes of Michigan and Ohio State with a strong showing in the Big Ten tournament.
2021 College Basketball Championship Futures Betting Lines: Alabama Crimson Tide +1600
Alabama gets its reputation as a football school, and rightfully so, but the basketball program is doing its part to remain in the spotlight. They’ll be a tough opponent in the tournament.
2021 College Basketball Championship Futures Betting Lines: Ohio State Buckeyes +2200
Joining Michigan in the national top-five is Ohio State, who appear to offer some value on the futures board as a team likely in line for a no. 1 tourney seed. The Buckeyes lead the nation in Quadrant 1 wins.
2021 College Basketball Championship Futures Betting Lines: Texas Longhorns +2200
Texas has played a very tough schedule, but has still done its part to take care of business. The Longhorns can make some strides in the Big 12 tournament with a strong showing there.
2021 College Basketball Championship Futures Betting Lines: Virginia Cavaliers +2200
This was supposed to be a banner year for Virginia, but there have been some hiccups. Even so, Virginia is in line for a top-4 seed in the tournament and could make some noise with the right path. They are still currently defending national champions.
2021 College Basketball Championship Futures Betting Lines: Tennessee Volunteers +2500
In a down year for the SEC, Tennessee has been one of the bright spots. Alabama and Arkansas join the Volunteers as top contenders for this year’s SEC crown. Tennessee already has wins over Kentucky and Georgia.
ODDS TO WIN 2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament: Futures Odds
- Houston Cougars +1600
- Iowa Hawkeyes +1600
- Creighton Bluejays +2200
- Florida State Seminoles +2800
- Texas Tech Red Raiders +2800
- West Virginia Mountaineers +2800
- Wisconsin Badgers +2800
- Oklahoma Sooners +3300
- UConn Huskies +4000
- USC Trojans +4000
- Colorado Buffaloes +5000
- Kansas Jayhawks +5000
- Loyola Chicago Ramblers +5000
- Florida Gators +6600
- Indiana Hoosiers +6600
Here’s my way to early 2021 College Basketball National Championship pick: Virginia +2200
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