College Basketball Odds To Win the 2025 National Championship

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UConn center Donovan Clingan (32) celebrates after their win against Alabama in a NCAA college basketball game at the Final Four, Saturday, April 6, 2024, in Glendale, Ariz.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Jun 13, 2024, 4:51 PM
  • BetMGM has early 2025 March Madness odds to win the national championship.
  • UConn and Kansas are +1000 co-favorites to win next year’s championship.
  • UConn has won back-to-back titles.

Before you know it, another season of college basketball will be here again. Fortunately, the college basketball odds table never went anywhere.

BetMGM opened a fresh market for the 2025 college basketball national championship just minutes after UConn cut down the nets in April.

So for ambitious handicappers who like to establish early positions, here’s a look at next year’s NCAAB odds for the 2024 national championship, as well as a few notes and numbers to consider before betting.

Odds to Win NCAA Tournament 2025

TeamOpening Odds
UConn+1000
Kansas+1000
Alabama+1200
Duke +1300
Houston+1600
North Carolina+1700
Baylor+2000
Gonzaga+2000
Arizona+2500
Arkansas+2500
Purdue+3000
Iowa State+3000
Auburn+3000
Kentucky+3500
Tennessee+3500

March Madness Prediction 2025: Who Will Win the NCAA Basketball Championship This Year?

Based on the current futures market, the Kansas Jayhawks and UConn Huskies both have an implied 9.1% chance to win the national championship. 

Alabama (+1200, 7.7%) is the next most likely to win March Madness, followed by Duke (+1300, 7.1%).

College Basketball National Championship Odds: Early Contenders to Know for 2025

After UConn won the 2023 national championship last April, the Huskies were priced as the team to beat in the early 2024 championship market.

Pretty soon, though, it was clear that the market actually preferred Kansas. The Jayhawks spent most of the 2023 offseason as the early national championship odds favorite, with legal betting in Kansas backing up a national market that was happy to bet a traditional blueblood that scored a commitment from a top transfer (Hunter Dickinson) in the portal. 

As it turns out, the market’s move away from UConn was a bad move. Head coach Dan Hurley lost Jordan Hawkins and Andre Jackson Jr. to the NBA Draft and still had the best team in college basketball in 2023-24. 

At the beginning of this offseason, bettors are seeing a similar set of events play out. Donovan Clingan, Stephon Castle, and Tristen Newton are all potential first-round picks in the 2024 NBA Draft, and so the opening 2024-25 market preferred Kansas (+1100) and Duke (+1100) over UConn (+1200).

That could prove to be a foolish mistake next spring after Hurley reloads again. Indeed, UConn is already down to +1000.

But on the merits, Duke and Kansas do make some sense. Dickinson could return to Kansas, and a healthy run for the Jayhawks (who always recruit well) could put them right back in the thick of March Madness. 

Duke is probably the top option. The Blue Devils will almost certainly lose Kyle Filipowski and Jared McCain to the NBA Draft this summer, but No. 1 recruit Cooper Flagg is set to take college football by storm in Durham next season. His freshman hype compares favorably to former Blue Devil Zion Williamson. 

As for the other top teams in the table, many of them have gone to the Final Four (or further) in recent cycles. That includes North Carolina (+1600), Baylor (+2000), Alabama (+2000), Gonzaga (+2200), Purdue (+2500), and Auburn (+3000).

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.