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Opening 2024 NCAA Tournament Odds Favor Duke; UConn +1400 to Repeat

George Nassios

by George Nassios in College Basketball

Updated Apr 3, 2023 · 9:49 PM PDT

Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley hoists the national championship trophy
Apr 3, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley hoists the national championship trophy after defeating the San Diego State Aztecs in the national championship game of the 2023 NCAA Tournament at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
  • Duke has opened as +1000 favorites to win the 2024 NCAA Tournament
  • The defending champion UConn Huskies are the 3rd betting favorite with odds of +1400
  • Below, find the opening 2024 NCAA tournament odds for the top contenders

It wasn’t the “blueblood” program everyone was expecting to win it all in 2023, but the UConn Huskies capped the most unpredictable of NCAA tournaments by beating San Diego State 76-59 on Monday night. Now that the final is in the books, there’s no better time than the present to look forward to next year.

Sportsbooks have already released the odds to win the NCAA Tournament in 2024, and the shortest odds belong to the Duke Blue Devils at +1000, followed by Kentucky (+1200) and UConn (+1400).

No team has repeated as champions since Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators in 2006 and 2007, the only school to win the NCAA tournament twice in a row in the last 30 years. Next year’s tournament will begin on March 19th and conclude with the championship game on April 8th, 2024, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

2024 NCAA Tournament Champion Odds

Team Odds
Duke +1000
Kentucky +1200
UConn +1400
Marquette +1400
Baylor +1600
Kansas +1600
Purdue +1800
North Carolina +2000
Alabama +2000
Michigan State +2000
Arizona +2000
Creighton +2200
Houston +2200
Arkansas +2200
Texas +2500
Gonzaga +2500
UCLA +2500
Baylor +2800
USC +2800
Tennessee +2800
Miami FL +3000
Villanova +4000
Michigan +4000
TCU +4500
Xavier +4500
Virginia +5000
Florida Atlantic +5000
Oregon +5000

Odds as of April 3rd at DraftKings Sportsbook

 

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Duke Favored to Win March Madness in 2024

Inevitably, there will be departures and additions, but it’s the returnees, that can bring Duke back to national prominence and give Jon Scheyer some credibility in his 2nd season after taking over for Blue Devils’ legend, Mike Krzyzewski.

Leading scorer, Kyle Filipowski is fully expected to declare for the NBA Draft, but it’s the backcourt combination that has many expecting big things for this team next season.

Tyrese Proctor and Jeremy Roach finished 2nd and 3rd on the squad in scoring and helped the team win 10 in a row down the stretch before their offense fell short in the Round of 32, going down 65-52 to Tennessee.

The lure of playing for Duke is always strong, so expect them to hit big in the transfer portal. Add in a strong recruiting class, headlined by talented big wing Mackenzie Mgbako who has already committed, and you have the makings of a championship caliber squad.

Can UConn Go Back-To-Back?

What a statement Dan Hurley and the UConn Huskies made this season. It was just a short while ago that this once proud program seemed to be in tatters, finishing with more losses than wins three times in a row.

Time to turn the page. Not only did the Huskies win the 2023 NCAA tournament, they smashed every team along the way, covering the spread every single time in the college basketball odds, with their slimmest margin of victory coming by 13 points.

Granted, their two best players, Jordan Hawkins and Adama Sanogo may both feel they have nothing left to prove at the college level, but that’s not a guarantee, and Hurley will still have reinforcements.

Rising sophomore Donovan Clingan, has the potential to be an All-American and looked terrific at times as a freshman. Add in the presence of a loaded freshman class headlined by combo guard Stephon Castle, and the upside here is obvious. Especially if Hawkins and/or Sanogo return.

Calipari Loading Up Like The Old Days

Finally, let’s talk about Kentucky. It appears as though the one and done nature that made John Calipari’s teams so spectacular for so many years in a row will return in 2023.

One glance at the ESPN top 100 recruiting list reveals that the Wildcats have three of the top four high school players in the country signed to play for them next season. By far, Kentucky has the best freshmen class for next year.

Guard D.J. Wagner and wing Justin Edwards are expected to make big contributions right away. There is also tremendous defensive upside with the two-headed monster of freshman Aaron Bradshaw and sophomore Ugonna Onyenso in tow to block shots.

After not making it past the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament for the last four years, it appears as if Coach Cal has had enough and will be intent on bringing respect back to Kentucky next year.

 

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