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  • Online sportsbooks have posted (and regularly update) odds to reach the Final Four
  • Villanova has the best odds as of late September, followed by Baylor, Gonzaga, and Virginia
  • Use the graphs below along with the NCAA Tournament Championship odds tracker to see how each team is trending over the course of the season

The 2020-21 college basketball season may look a little different than years past thanks to coronavirus – and it remains to be seen whether the season will start on time, have fans in attendance, and/or even be played at all.

Sportsbooks are assuming it will go forward in some capacity and have already opened odds on who will make the 2021 Final Four, currently scheduled for April 3rd to 5th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The charts below show the average odds for every team currently on the board in the Final Four futures. The graphs will continue to be updated regularly until the national semifinals arrives.

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2021 Final Four Favorites: Top 40

  • Jan. 20: Baylor (-178) has joined Gonzaga (-303) as an odds-on favorite to reach Indianapolis.
  • Dec. 18: Baylor has overtaken Villanova for second in the national championship odds, but Nova still has the second-best odds to reach the Final Four at +118. Gonzaga remains the only team that is shorter than even money at -135. No ACC team is in the top ten anymore.
  • Nov. 27: After dominant wins over Kansas and Auburn to open the year, Gonzaga has joined Villanova as an even-money bet to reach the Final Four.
  • Sep. 22: The big mover in the preseason is Illinois, which went from +1150 to +308.
  • July 21: Gonzaga dropped from +123 to +132 with the news that center Filip Petrusev is turning pro in Europe.
  • June 19: Iowa (+288 to +258) and Michigan (+738 to +563) witnessed the biggest improvement in their odds over the last month.
  • May 18: Indiana saw its odds improve from +700 to +625 after five-star guard Khristian Lander reclassified from 2021 to 2020.
  • May 13, 2020: The only two teams whose odds moved in the first week of betting are both in the Big Ten: Wisconsin (+325 to +313) and Michigan State (+625 to +600).
  • May 7, 2020: The earliest set of Final Four odds has Gonzaga, Villanova, Baylor, and Virginia penciled into Indianapolis.

Final Four Favorites

Team Odds
Gonzaga -303
Baylor -178
Villanova +118
 Michigan +175
 Texas +225
Wisconsin +260
Iowa +300
Illinois +335
Tennessee +335
Houston +375
Creighton +400
Kansas +425
Texas Tech +425
Florida State +500
Virginia +550
Alabama +600
UConn +675
Michigan State +675
Ohio State +675
Oregon +675
LSU +725

Odds updated Jan. 20th, 2021.

Final Four Longshots

Teams with the Most All-Time Final Four Appearances

  • May 7: For the most part, the ten most-successful teams, historically, all have fairly good odds to reach the 2021 Final Four. The only two that are not among the top 25 in the early odds are Louisville and Indiana.


Most Final Four Appearances

Team Final Four Appearances
North Carolina 20
UCLA* 18
Kentucky 17
Duke 16
Kansas 15
Ohio State 11
Louisville* 10
Michigan State 10
Indiana 8
Michigan 8

*Includes vacated appearances, which have no impact on betting.