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The Defending NCAAM Champions Have The 13th Best Odds To Win It All

A new crop of talent is set to take the College Basketball world by storm. Who's up next? 📈 (5 minute read)

If the parlay below hits, first to email [email protected] gets $100 🤑

NCAA Men’s Basketball Preview

With the College Basketball season around the corner, let’s take a look at a few of the top teams favored to take home this year’s National Championship

  • No. 1 Gonzaga: +650

  • No. 6 Michigan: +1200

  • No. 2 UCLA: +1400

  • No. 4 Villanova: +1400

  • No. 9 Duke: +1500

  • No. 12 Memphis: +1500

  • No. 5 Texas: +1500

  • 5 other teams

  • No. 8 Baylor: +2200

Despite winning it all in 2021, Baylor’s odds to repeat as champs currently sit at +2200, the 13th-best in the nation

The Bears have big shoes to fill this season after losing their two star guards to the NBA Draft — Davion Mitchell and Jared Butler. However, the 10th-best recruiting class in the country should help Scott Drew’s team be competitive again this season

Trivia question: Which school was the last to win back-to-back NCAAM Basketball Championships? What years?

The Spokane Favorite

After dropping the title game to Baylor by more than a dozen points, Gonzaga enters this season as the favorites once again

Replacing Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert is the nation’s top-ranked incoming freshman, Chet Holmgren

  • Before even playing a single college game, Holmgren already has the sixth-best odds to win the Wooden Award (+1000)

  • Also, the team’s leading scorer from last year, Drew Timme, will return for his junior season and is the No. 1 favorite to win the Wooden Award (+600)

Given the Zags’ combination of college veterans and incoming talent, they are rightfully favored to win their first NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in school history

The Top Conference

With five teams ranked in the preseason AP Top 25, look for the BIG 10 to repeat as college basketball’s superior conference

The best of the bunch has to be No. 6 Michigan (+1200). Even after winning the conference last year, the Wolverines have improved by adding the nation’s second-best recruiting class

  • Five-stars Caleb Houstan of Montverde and Moussa Diabate of IMG Academy should be problems in the paint

  • Sophomore seven-footer Hunter Dickinson currently holds the third-best odds of winning the Wooden Award (+800) after his 14 PPG/10 RPG Freshman season

Juwan Howard’s squad is definitely worth a future, as the school looks to bring home its first NCAAM Championship since 1989

Penny’s Prospects

In his fourth season as the HC of his hometown school, Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway hopes to make his first NCAA tournament as a coach (and more)

Memphis hasn’t made the tournament since 2013-14, but their No. 1 recruiting class will give them enough talent on paper to compete with anybody

  • 5-star players: SF Emoni Bates, C Jalen Duren

  • 4-star players: SF Josh Minott, SF Jonathan Lawson

While only sixth in terms of title odds (+1500), likely due to youth, look for Memphis to make some serious noise in the back half of the season. Plus, since Bates won’t turn 19 until 2023, he’ll have to wait at least two seasons before becoming eligible for the NBA draft, giving Memphis a serious chance to contend, both this year and next

For My Parlay Gurus

Channel some of your excitement for the college season by betting on a few of the favorites’ alums in an NBA parlay tonight

  • Jalen Suggs’ (Gonzaga alum) Magic +7 @ Toronto: -110

  • Bam Adebayo’s (Kentucky alum) Heat -6 vs Charlotte: -110

  • Tim Hardaway’s (Michigan alum) Mavs +1 @ Denver: -110

$100 on this NBA parlay would pay out $596. Next time we’ll try to keep it a little more relevant to the content above 😅 - but as always if it hits, first to email [email protected] gets $100 🤑

Previous Parlay:

  • Nets -5 vs the Heat: MISS

  • Grizzlies +2.5 vs the Blazers: MISS

  • Clippers -8 vs the Cavs: MISS

Trivia answer: University of Florida won back-to-back championships in 2006 & 2007