Yes, we all know the NCAA Tournament ended last night.
But Vegas never sleeps, and the odds for next year’s champion have already been posted. And even though Indiana didn’t even make the tournament this year and went through a coaching change, the Hoosiers still are near the top of the board at 20/1 odds. Maybe Vegas likes the possibility of next year’s roster, and thinks that Archie Miller can make an impact right away. More likely, however, is that Vegas knows the size of the Hoosier fanbase, who will want to place bets on its team (I was guilty of this two years ago).
Here’s the full list of all teams who are currently under 100/1 odds to win the 2018 NCAA Tournament:
2018 NCAA Basketball Odds— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) April 4, 2017
(35 teams better than 100/1) pic.twitter.com/hq4MRL5kaM
Not surprisingly, Kentucky, Louisville, and Duke lead the way at 10/1 odds. The Wildcats will lose Malik Monk and others to the draft, while the Blue Devils have a combination of draft enrollees and transfers, but both bring in top recruiting classes. Louisville also looks to improve after a strong season that was cut short by a second-round NCAA Tourney loss. Right behind these three is Kansas, at 12/1 odds despite the fact that they’ll be losing National Player of the Year Frank Mason, and UNC, also at 12/1 as they attempt to defend their title.
IU is tied for lowest odds of all Big Ten teams, along with Michigan and Michigan State, who are also at 20/1 odds. UCLA - who still is coached by Steve Alford despite the national media insisting that IU was going to hire him - also is at 20/1, bolstered by having Kris Wilkes and another Ball brother joining the team next season. Butler trails right behind at 25/1, while Purdue is at 60/1 odds, which is ANOTHER CLEAR SIGN OF DISRESPECT FOR THE DEFENDING BIG TEN CHAMPION BOILERMAKERS.
At press time, Rutger was not listed.