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College basketball national title odds: Kentucky, Memphis look like best bets, but Duke doesn’t have much value

Michigan State returns three of its top four scorers from last season’s Final Four club, has a Hall of Fame coach in Tom Izzo and features the potential preseason favorite to win national player of the year: Cassius Winston. So it should come as no surprise that the Spartans are the favorite to win it all in 2019-20

The Spartans have the depth, talent and momentum to pick up where they left off last season in Minneapolis, and updated betting odds from the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook have them (still!) as the outright favorite to win the title next April in Atlanta at 6-1 odds. Trailing closely behind them is Kentucky at 8-1, Kansas at 8-1, Duke at 10-1 and North Carolina at 10-1. A host of other programs enter the picture between 14-1 and 25-1.

While the best odds suggest they are accompanied by the best teams, not all happen to be the best bets. So let’s take a spin at some teams I like — and some I don’t followed by the latest odds on each team from Westgate.

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2020 NCAA championship odds

— Odds via Westgate Superbook

Team Open
April 8, 2019
Current
September 16, 2019
Michigan State 8-1 6-1
Kentucky 7-1 8-1
Kansas 20-1 8-1
Duke 8-1 10-1
North Carolina 14-1 10-1
Louisville 20-1 14-1
Memphis 80-1 14-1
Villanova 14-1 18-1
Virginia 7-1 20-1
Florida 60-1 20-1
Gonzaga 14-1 25-1
Arizona 20-1 30-1
Oregon 20-1 30-1
Texas Tech 30-1 30-1
LSU 80-1 40-1
Maryland 80-1 40-1
Baylor 100-1 40-1
Auburn 30-1 60-1
Florida State 40-1 60-1
Houston 40-1 60-1
Purdue 60-1 60-1
Ohio State 80-1 60-1
Seton Hall 80-1 60-1
Xavier 80-1 60-1
Michigan 12-1 80-1
Tennessee 30-1 80-1
Washington 80-1 80-1
Illinois 100-1 80-1
Southern Cal 100-1 80-1
Mississippi State 30-1 100-1
Texas 40-1 100-1
Marquette 50-1 100-1
Cincinnati 60-1 100-1
Iowa 60-1 100-1
Iowa State 60-1 100-1
Syracuse 60-1 100-1
Creighton 80-1 100-1
Arizona State 100-1 100-1
Georgia 100-1 100-1
UCLA 100-1 100-1
Utah State 200-1 100-1
VCU 200-1 100-1
West Virginia 100-1 100-1
Wisconsin 100-1 100-1
Alabama 100-1 200-1
Colorado 100-1 200-1
Indiana 100-1 200-1
Minnesota 200-1 200-1
NC State 200-1 200-1
Oklahoma 200-1 200-1
Ole Miss 100-1 200-1
UConn 100-1 200-1
Missouri 200-1 300-1
Penn State 200-1 300-1
Butler 300-1 300-1
Georgetown 300-1 300-1
Kansas State 300-1 300-1
Nebraska 300-1 300-1
New Mexico State 300-1 300-1
Notre Dame 300-1 300-1
Oklahoma State 300-1 300-1
Oregon State 300-1 300-1
Providence 300-1 300-1
Saint Mary’s 300-1 300-1
Wichita State 300-1 300-1
Davidson 1000-1 300-1
Harvard 1000-1 300-1
Texas A&M 100-1 500-1
Arkansas 300-1 500-1
Miami 300-1 500-1
Missouri State 300-1 500-1
Saint Louis 300-1 500-1
TCU 300-1 500-1
Utah 300-1 500-1
Virginia Tech 300-1 500-1
Boise State 500-1 500-1
UC-Irvine 500-1 500-1
Northwestern 500-1 500-1
Pittsburgh 500-1 500-1
Rutgers 500-1 500-1
San Diego State 500-1 500-1
SMU 500-1 500-1
South Carolina 500-1 500-1
St. Bonaventure 500-1 500-1
Stanford 500-1 500-1
Temple 500-1 500-1
Vanderbilt 500-1 500-1
South Florida 2000-1 500-1
St. John’s 200-1 1000-1
Nevada 300-1 1000-1
New Mexico 500-1 1000-1
Belmont 1000-1 1000-1
Buffalo 1000-1 1000-1
BYU 1000-1 1000-1
California 1000-1 1000-1
UCF 1000-1 1000-1
Charleston 1000-1 1000-1
Clemson 1000-1 1000-1
Dayton 1000-1 1000-1
DePaul 1000-1 1000-1
Fresno State 1000-1 1000-1
Georgia Tech 1000-1 1000-1
Grand Canyon 1000-1 1000-1
Liberty 1000-1 1000-1
Lipscomb 1000-1 1000-1
Loyola-Chicago 1000-1 1000-1
Northern Iowa 1000-1 1000-1
Old Dominion 1000-1 1000-1
Penn 1000-1 1000-1
UNLV 1000-1 1000-1
Western Kentucky 1000-1 1000-1
Yale 1000-1 1000-1
Vermont 2000-1 1000-1
Rhode Island 1000-1 2000-1
San Francisco 1000-1 2000-1
Wake Forest 1000-1 2000-1
Washington State 1000-1 2000-1
Austin Peay 2000-1 2000-1
Ball State 2000-1 2000-1
Boston College 2000-1 2000-1
Bowling Green 2000-1 2000-1
Bradley 2000-1 2000-1
Central Michigan 2000-1 2000-1
Coastal Carolina 2000-1 2000-1
Colorado State 2000-1 2000-1
Cal State-Fullerton 2000-1 2000-1
Drake 2000-1 2000-1
Duquesne 2000-1 2000-1
East Tennessee State 2000-1 2000-1
Florida Atlantic 2000-1 2000-1
Florida International 2000-1 2000-1
Furman 2000-1 2000-1
George Mason 2000-1 2000-1
Georgia Southern 2000-1 2000-1
Georgia State 2000-1 2000-1
Hawaii 2000-1 2000-1
Hofstra 2000-1 2000-1
Iona 2000-1 2000-1
Jacksonville State 2000-1 2000-1
Kent State 2000-1 2000-1
Louisiana 2000-1 2000-1
Louisiana-Monroe 2000-1 2000-1
La Salle 2000-1 2000-1
Long Beach State 2000-1 2000-1
Loyola Marymount 2000-1 2000-1
Marshall 2000-1 2000-1
Montana 2000-1 2000-1
Murray State 2000-1 2000-1
UNC Greensboro 2000-1 2000-1
North Texas 2000-1 2000-1
Northeastern 2000-1 2000-1
Northern Kentucky 2000-1 2000-1
Oakland 2000-1 2000-1
Princeton 2000-1 2000-1
Richmond 2000-1 2000-1
San Diego 2000-1 2000-1
South Alabama 2000-1 2000-1
South Dakota State 2000-1 2000-1
Southern Miss 2000-1 2000-1
St. Joseph’s 2000-1 2000-1
Texas State 2000-1 2000-1
Toledo 2000-1 2000-1
Tulsa 2000-1 2000-1
UAB 2000-1 2000-1
Cal-Santa Barbara 2000-1 2000-1
Texas-Arlington 2000-1 2000-1
UTSA 2000-1 2000-1
Wofford 2000-1 2000-1
Wright State 2000-1 2000-1
Louisiana Tech 2000-1 2000-1
Utah Valley 2000-1 5000-1
UTEP 2000-1 5000-1
Valparaiso 2000-1 5000-1
William & Mary 2000-1 5000-1
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