It’s been 70 years since the University of Kansas men’s basketball program has reached consecutive national-championship games. But on the heels of the Jayhawks’ dominant season, which culminated in their fourth national championship this past April, they will seek to become the first school to go back-to-back since the University of Florida in 2006-07.
Gone to the NBA are star guards Christian Braun and Ochai Agbaji, as well as standout point guard Remy Martin, from the team that went 34-6 and shared the Big 12 regular-season championship before claiming both the conference tournament and national championship.
But Kansas, coached by Hall of Famer Bill Self, has reloaded and is once again near the top of the college-basketball standings and on the sort list of favorites to cut down the nets in Houston on April 3.
Kansas Futures Betting Odds
Note: These Kansas futures bet odds are current as of Mondayy, March 6 at 3 p.m. ET, courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook. You can find more odds at these US betting sites. But be careful, as many of these NCAAB futures odds might shift as we get closer to the 2022-23 NCAAB season.
- Win Big 12 Championship: +250
- Win National Championship: +800
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Kansas National Championship Odds
Kansas to Win NCAA National Championship (+800)
WAGER: 1 Unit
The Jayhawks are once again one of the primary favorites, as they are most years. Kansas did lose four of its top-five leading scorers from 2021-22 but got a much-needed boost from leading scorer Jalen Wilson, who averaged about 20 points and eight rebounds per game.
Four Jayhawks averaged double figures, including freshman guard Gradey Dick and sharp-shooting Texas Tech transfer Kevin McCullar.
The Jayhawks will enter March Madness with the second-shortest odds behind only top-ranked Houston. But given the fact Self already has won a pair of national titles and had the top-ranked team when the 2020 season ended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a bet on Kansas is always solid - especially given the odds.
A +800 wager will fetch $800 in profit on a $100 wager, or $8 for every single dollar bet.
Kansas Big 12 Odds
Kansas to Win Big 12 (+250)
WAGER: 1 Unit
The Jayhawks won the Big XII regular season for the second straight year and for the 17th time in Self’s 20 seasons. Given the fact Kansas will enter as the Big XII tournament’s best team, and that the tournament will be held just 40 miles east of the KU campus in Kansas City, the Jayhawks are worth wagering especially at these odds.
A +250 bet will pay out $250 in profit on a $100 wager, or $2.50 per dollar bet.
How to Bet Kansas Moneylines
Betting on KU moneylines in-season is simple, especially if you are in Kansas where the practice of online sports betting is now legal. Simply click on the NCAA basketball tab on your preferred sportsbook app or website, find the University of Kansas basketball game — or search for it if you are using a sportsbook that enables searching — and wager on KU moneyline by tapping the odds.
If Kansas is playing at Allen Fieldhouse against a mid-major opponent, the moneyline odds may not be available, and if they are, the Jayhawks might be something like a -1000 favorite, meaning $0.01 profit for every dollar bet.
However, if Kansas is an underdog, like in a road matchup at Baylor or for its neutral-site matchup against Duke, it will have a plus-number in its moneyline column. Plus-money wagers produce the amount of profit in a $100 wager, which means a +150 wager would produce $1.50 profit for every dollar bet.
- 2021-22 Kansas Moneyline Record: 34-6
How to Bet KU Spreads
Betting the Jayhawks to cover the spread is a riskier way to wager, especially in those early-season nonconference games against mid-majors. Kansas was just 6-7 ATS in 2021-22 regular-season nonconference games, according to TeamRankings.com, despite going 11-2 straight up in those games.
The Jayhawks also were 3-3 against the spread in NCAA Tournament, including the national championship game where they missed covering by a single point against North Carolina.
Spread odds are almost universally -110, a coin flip in the world of online sportsbooks, which means you as a bettor would win $0.91 profit for every $1 bet. That means there is greater payout potential than wagering on Kansas to simply win, especially in the nonconference slate, but the risk is also greater since the Jayhawks might be anywhere from a 17- to 30-point favorite.
- 2021-22 Kansas Against the Spread Record: 20-20
How to Bet Kansas Over/Unders
Over/Unders, also known as totals betting, can be a fun way to wager on the number of points in a game. But it can be a crapshoot, especially in basketball, where an off-shooting night can do you in.
Kansas finished 25th in the nation in scoring average, putting up about 78 points per game. But because the Jayhawks only surrendered about 67 PPG, the Over was successful in just 20 of their regular-season games, including just eight of their final 21 games.
Like spreads, Over/Under odds are almost always -110 for basketball, meaning a $0.91 profit per dollar bet. But because basketball totals are high, and the totals can swing wildly, there is great risk with totals betting in college basketball.
- 2021-22 Kansas Over/Under Record: 20-18-2