What bets to take while picking a National Champion

What bets to take while picking a National Champion

Good Bets

Kansas +950

Kansas is the preseason number one team in the country by everyone, yet based off the Bovada sportsbook they have the fifth-best odds in the sport. Pretty much if you can get any preseason number one team at the fifth best odds, I would recommend looking into this as a bet.

North Carolina +1500

North Carolina is a team that always seems to do well in the NCAA Tournament, especially when they have teams with this much talent. The Tar Heels should at least make it to the second weekend and a Roy Williams led team always has the potential to deliver.

Virginia +1800

Yes Virginia has been a consistent disappointment in the NCAA Tournament in years past, however, that doesn’t mean they won’t deliver this year. The Cavaliers should be a Top-2 seed and they look poised to get some redemption this season, so getting them at +1800 is good value.

Syracuse +4000

The Orange have a recent history of making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament and that could continue this year as they return everyone, while adding some solid freshmen. I’m not saying this team will win a National Championship (they probably won’t) but if they did this would be a nice payout.

Kansas State +10000

This might be the best value bet in the sport, as Kansas State is a consensus Top-15 team in the country and they have great value. Kansas State might not deliver but they have the talent to make another deep NCAA Tournament run and you never know, Kansas State could win it all and then you would make a great profit.

Bad Bets

Duke +500

The Blue Devils definitely have the talent to win a National Championship but they have no where near the experience needed to be a favorite to win it all. The Blue Devils should be good this season but can you really rely on a team like this to win six straight games in March? Even if they do win it all, their odds aren’t even good enough to get you a good payout.

Nevada +800

I like this Nevada as much as anyone but having them at +800 might be a little high. This is a Wolf Pack team that hasn’t ever made it to the Final Four, I’ll wait until they do that before betting on them to win it all, especially with these odds.

West Virginia +4000

West Virginia had Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. on their team last year and they didn’t even make it to the Final Four, why would they do so without them? They should still be a decent team, however, betting for them to win a title would be a little crazy.

UCLA +4000

UCLA has a lot of issues surrounding them right now, so why would you waste money by picking them to win a title. They have very little experience, they have lost two role players to season-ending injuries, and they also don’t have a team with that much talent, to begin with. Picking them to win it all, especially with these odds would be just a waste of your money.

Wichita State +5500

Gregg Marshall is an elite head coach, who wins at a high level, however, his roster this year is not good at all. The Shockers are a long-shot to make the Tournament not to mention win a title, it would be dumb to bet them at +5500.

All Bets according to Bovada Sports Book based on odds listed in the link below:


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