- Houston is currently the favorite in the NCAAB odds market.
- Some teams, like UConn, are preferred by both bettors and analytics.
- Virginia, Tennessee and Indiana all offer value down the table.
It feels like Kansas just cut the nets down a few weeks ago, but the calendar never lies. A fresh season of college hoops is finally here. As you can guess, that means the BetMGM online sportsbook has a new table of NCAA basketball odds for those interested in forecasting the 2023 national champion.
Some bettors feel like they were born on the hardcourt; others are always checking their phone when a game is on, always wondering how long a college basketball game is.
Regardless of which camp you fall into, establishing an early championship position can be profitable. That can give you additional betting options for later in the season.
College Basketball Futures: NCAAB Odds for the 2022-23 National Championship
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College Basketball: RPI Conflicts With Odds
The top contenders in the NCAA basketball championship odds table are mostly unsurprising. The teams in the above table – which are the top ten contenders, according to the market – read like a summary of the projected top seeds in March.
Alabama and Houston look like they might be the two best teams in all of college basketball this year.
Purdue, UCLA and Arizona are all projected as top-3 seeds, according to ESPN’s latest bracketology projections.
Gonzaga is a powerful college basketball brands that attract a lot of betting action regardless of seed.
RPI – a deeply flawed metric, to be sure – only agrees with some of these rankings. For example, Kansas and Alabama occupy the top two spots in the RPI metrics.
However, also present near the top of the RPI chart: Nevada (+50000), Florida Atlantic (+25000) and the College of Charleston (+50000).
I’m not even sure why people still look at RPI, to be honest. But if you are one of those people that still trust the system over the newer NET Rankings, you may find an advantage in betting on teams (like UConn) that are favored by both the NCAAB odds market and the RPI system.
NCAAB Odds: National Championship Sleepers for the 2022-23 Season
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College Basketball: Rankings Include Second Tier of Contenders
Here’s where we see most of the rest of the top 25 represented. It’s also where we consistently see value, year after year, in the college basketball betting landscape.
Virginia, a recent champion, is available at 22-to-1. It plays in a historically powerful conference and has an obvious path to a high seed.
Texas was actually higher in the table but was priced down after Chris Beard was fired.
Iowa State and Kansas State are hard charging up the brutally rugged Big 12 conference rankings.
Xavier and Marquette could be powerful sleepers coming out of the Big East.
It’s worth firing a couple of darts with the teams in this zone. If one of them connects and makes a run to a regional championship, you’ll have some pretty powerful hedge options to guarantee net profit.
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