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The 353 schools that started the year with National Championship aspirations have been whittled down to 68 spots as of Selection Sunday.

Each of these 68 teams has seen their odds change significantly over the course of the year. Over the course of the year, we’ve regularly gathered the odds for every team from multiple sports betting sites and calculated their average odds.

2019 NCAAM Favorites

Team March Madness Seed Odds to win 2019 March Madness at Bovada (Mar. 25)
Duke 1 +300
Virginia 1 +425
Gonzaga 1 +450
North Carolina 1 +650
Michigan State 2 +1000
Kentucky 2 +1200
Tennessee 2 +1500
Michigan 2 +1500
Purdue 3 +2000
Houston 3 +2200
Texas Tech 3 +2200

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The early rounds of March Madness are known for wild upsets, but when it comes down to brass tacks, the favorites tend to come out on top, a fact exemplified by the following trends:

  • Each of the last 12 national champions has been a repeat winner.
  • The last school to win its first National Championship was Florida in 2006.
  • Six of the top contenders in 2019 — Texas Tech, Gonzaga, Tennessee, Virginia, Auburn, and Florida State — are in search of their first title.
  • Gonzaga is the only one of those schools to ever even reach the title game (2017).

Odds to Win March Madness by Seed

Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Odds

  • UNC has won the most national championships among ACC teams (6 titles).
  • Duke (5 titles), Louisville (3 titles if you count 2013), and NC State )2 titles) are the only other ACC teams with more than one championship.
  • Ten of the current ACC teams have never won a championship:
ACC Team National Championships Year(s)
UNC 6 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009, 2017
Duke 5 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015
Louisville 3 1980, 1986, 2013
NC State 2 1974, 1983
Syracuse 1 2003
Boston College 0 N/A
Clemson 0 N/A
Florida State 0 N/A
Georgia Tech 0 N/A
Miami 0 N/A
Notre Dame 0 N/A
Pittsburgh 0 N/A
Virginia 0 N/A
Virginia Tech 0 N/A
Wake Forest 0 N/A

 

Big 12 Conference Odds

  • Only one Big 12 team (Kansas, 2008) has won the national championship since the conference was formed in 1994.
  • Kansas also has the most all-time titles (3) among current Big 12 teams.
  • Oklahoma State (2 titles) is the only other modern Big 12 team that’s won a national championship.
  • Two Big 12 schools have never even reached the Final Four: TCU and Texas Tech.
Big 12 Team National Championships Year(s) Final Fours (Most Recent)
Kansas 3 1952, 1988, 2008 14 (2018)
Oklahoma State 2 1945, 1946 6 (2004)
Oklahoma 0 N/A 5 (2016)
Kansas State 0 N/A 4 (1964)
Texas 0 N/A 3 (2003)
Baylor 0 N/A 2 (1950)
West Virginia 0 N/A 2 (2010)
Iowa State 0 N/A 1 (1944)
TCU 0 N/A N/A
Texas Tech 0 N/A N/A

 

Big East Conference Odds

  • Three teams in the modern Big East have won a national championship: Villanova (3), Georgetown (1), and Marquette (1).
  • Three others have made at least one title game: Butler (2), St. John’s (1), and Seton Hall (1).
  • Two Big East teams have never reached the Final Four: Creighton and Xavier.
Big East Team National Championships Best NCAA Tournament Finish (Year)
Villanova 3 Champion (1985, 2016, 2018)
Georgetown 1 Champion (1984)
Marquette 1 Champion (1977)
Butler 0 Runner-up (2010, 2011)
Seton Hall 0 Runner-up (1989)
St. John’s 0 Runner-up (1952)
DePaul 0 Final Four (1943, 1979)
Providence 0 Final Four (1973, 1987)
Creighton 0 Elite Eight (1941)
Xavier 0 Elite Eight (2004, 2008, 2017)

 

Big Ten Conference Odds

  • Indiana (5 titles) and Michigan State (2) are the only Big Ten teams to have claimed more than one national championship.
  • Four other Big Ten teams have won one national title: Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.
  • But no Big Ten team has won the title since 2002 (Maryland).
  • Despite making the tournament seven times, Nebraska has never won an NCAA tournament game.
Big Ten Team National Championships Best NCAA Tournament Finish (Year)
Indiana 5 Champion (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987)
Michigan State 2 Champion (1979, 2000)
Maryland 1 Champion (2002)
Michigan 1 Champion (1989)
Ohio State 1 Champion (1960)
Wisconsin 1 Champion (1941)
Illinois 0 Runner-up (2005)
Iowa 0 Runner-up (1956)
Purdue 0 Runner-up (1969)
Minnesota 0 Final Four (1997)
Penn State 0 Final Four (1954)
Rutgers 0 Final Four (1976)
Northwestern 0 Round of 32 (2017)
Nebraska 0 Round of 64 (0-7 all-time tournament record)

 

Pacific-12 Conference (PAC-12) Odds

  • Once upon a time, UCLA was the dominant force in college basketball, and their 11 national championship are three more than the next closest team (Kentucky, 8).
  • But the mighty Bruins have not won the NCAA tournament in nearly 25 years, dating back to 1995.
  • The drought for the Pac-12 as a whole dates back almost as far, stretching to Lute Olson’s 1997 Arizona squad. The conference hasn’t even had a finalist since UCLA in 2006.
  • UCLA remains the only Pac-12 school to have won multiple national titles.
PAC-12 Team National Championships Best NCAA Tournament Finish (Year)
UCLA 11 Champion (1964, 1965, 1967-73, 1975, 1995)
Arizona 1 Champion (1997)
California 1 Champion (1959)
Oregon 1 Champion (1939)
Stanford 1 Champion (1942)
Utah 1 Champion (1944)
Washington State 0 Runner-up (1941)
Colorado 0 Final Four (1942, 1955)
Oregon State 0 Final Four (1949, 1963)
USC 0 Final Four (1940, 1954)
Washington 0 Final Four (1953)
Arizona State 0 Elite Eight (1961, 1963, 1975)

 

Southeast Conference (SEC) Odds

  • Kentucky has the second-most national championships all-time with eight, but only one since the turn of the century (2012), despite regularly bringing in the top-ranked recruiting class in the nation, including every year from 2008-2013, per 247Sports.com.
  • Only three of the 14 current SEC schools have won a national championship. None of the others have even made the title game.
  • Ole Miss and Texas A&M have the worst March Madness track record, never advancing past the Sweet 16.
SEC Team National Championships Best NCAA Tournament Finish (Year)
Kentucky 8 Champion (1948-49, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012)
Florida 2 Champion (2006-07)
Arkansas 1 Champion (1994)
 Georgia 0 Final Four (1983)
LSU 0 Final Four (1953, 1981, 1986, 2006)
Mississippi State 0 Final Four (1996)
South Carolina 0 Final Four (2017)
Alabama 0 Elite Eight (2004)
Auburn 0 Elite Eight (1986)
Missouri 0 Elite Eight (1944, 1976, 1994, 2002, 2009)
Tennessee 0 Elite Eight (2010)
Vanderbilt 0 Elite Eight (1965)
Ole Miss 0 Sweet 16 (2001)
Texas A&M 0 Sweet 16 (1951, 1969, 1980, 2007, 2016, 2018)

 

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Average Odds for AP Poll Top 10

AP Poll Rank Team Average Odds (Mar. 17)
1 Gonzaga +620
2 Virginia +750
3 UNC +730
4 Kentucky +1200
5 Duke +220
6 Michigan State +2200
7 Texas Tech +2200
8 Tennessee +1500
9 LSU +4500
10 Michigan +1500

Don’t go looking too far outside the preseason top-10 when picking a team to win the National Championship. Of the last seven champions, UConn (2014) was the lowest ranked entering the year, sitting at #18. Five of the last seven champions have been ranked #6 or higher in the preseason AP Poll.

  • 2017-18 Villanova: preseason #6, Week 18 #2
  • 2016-17 UNC: preseason #6, Week 18 #6
  • 2015-16 Villanova: preseason #11, Week 18 #3
  • 2014-15 Duke: preseason #4, Week 18 #2
  • 2013-14 UConn: preseason #18, Week 19 #21
  • 2012-13 Louisville: preseason #2, Week 19 #4
  • 2011-12 Kentucky: preseason #2, Week 18 #1

Archived NCAA Tournament Odds: 2018