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March Madness 2024 NCAA Tournament Champion Odds

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2024

All eyes are turning to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

March is on the horizon, which means we are just weeks away from the national champion cutting down the nets on April 8 in Glendale, Ariz.

The favorites are beginning to separate themselves, but given the tournament’s traditional unpredictability, there’s still a ton of time to get great odds on a Futures bet for national champion.

Here’s a look at the odds.

NCAAB National Championship Betting Odds

All college basketball odds are current as of Friday, Feb. 23, and courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook. Strikethrough indicates line movement from last week.

  • Connecticut (+700) (+500)
  • Purdue (+700) (+750)
  • Houston (+950) (+850)
  • Arizona (+1400) (+1200)
  • Tennessee (+1200) (+1300)
  • Auburn (+1600) (+1800)
  • North Carolina (+1500) (+1800)
  • Alabama (+2200) (+2000)
  • Kansas (+1800) (+2000)
  • Iowa State (+3500) (+2000)
  • Duke (+2800) (+2500)
  • Marquette (+3000) (+2500)
  • Kentucky (+1600) (+2800)
  • Creighton (+3000)
  • Illinois (+3500)

UConn is the reigning champion and has played like the best team in college basketball again. No school has won consecutive titles since Florida in 2007 — then coached by Billy Donovan — and no reigning champion has even reached the tournament’s second weekend since Duke in 2016.

Purdue, which has reigning Naismith National Player of the Year Award winner Zach Edey, is right behind UConn. The Boilermakers haven’t been to the Final Four since 1980 and have been upset by double-digit seeds in three straight years.

Who Will Win March Madness 2024?

UConn (+500)

DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 1 Unit

The Huskies haven’t snuck on anyone this season, yet they have rolled to the top ranking in the country.

Coach Dan Hurley and co. still has one of the Big East’s most talented rosters, led by guard Tristen Newton, who is playing out his COVID-19 season. Plus, transfer Cam Spencer has bolstered the Huskies’ outside shooting.

UConn’s defensive length and rebounding, plus its inside-outside scoring, was a big part of its postseason dominance, and it has showcased a terrific defense in the season’s early going.

The Huskies are poised to serve as one of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament, which could come with a significant geographic advantage if they open in Brooklyn and then play their regionals in Boston. The Huskies have one of America’s most raucous fan bases, and they travel well.

Given that whole package, taking UConn to repeat is our NCAAB bet of the day.

NCAAB National Championship Favorites 2024

Purdue (+750)

DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 1 Unit

The Boilermakers ran roughshod over the Big 10 before making history with their first-round tournament loss to No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson in 2023, which came on the heels of another historic loss in the Sweet 16 to St. Peter’s in 2022.

However, with Edey, the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Naismith National Player of the Year, the Boilermakers are in the title conversation again.

There are legitimate concerns regarding Matt Painter’s ability to game plan against smaller schools, given that the Boilermakers have lost to a double-digit seed in three straight tournaments.

But if you’re looking to bet on a first-time national champion, this would be the one to target.

Houston (+850)

DraftKings Sportsbook

The Cougars are again off to a hot start under coach Kelvin Sampson and again boast one of the best defensive clubs in the country.

Houston also seems like a more bona fide championship contender in 2023-24. The Cougars will be battle-tested by playing the hellacious Big XII slate since they were in the AAC until last season.

This may affect their win-loss record but boost their chances of winning the national championship for the first time in school history.

Arizona (+1200)

DraftKings Sportsbook

I’m always high on the Wildcats since Tommy Lloyd’s team always finds itself in the top 10 by the season’s end.

The Wildcats had let down bettors over the past two decades by failing to reach the Final Four since 2001, when Lute Olson was still the coach. But Arizona is once again atop the Pac-12 in its conference swansong, led by impactful transfers like Caleb Love from North Carolina, which has helped it average almost 90 points per season.

Arizona is battle-tested based on its better-than-advertised conference slate, plus it has already won at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season.

NCAAB National Championship Contenders 2024

Tennessee (+1300)

DraftKings Sportsbook

Rick Barnes has been around long enough, yet he is still starving for his first taste of a national championship. The Volunteers are a great defensive team, still averaging 80 points per game, which is why they are ranked in the top-5.

Tennessee could end up with home cooking if it starts in Memphis and then plays in Detroit or Dallas, which are short trips from Knoxville. Still, Barnes has never won the title for a reason and has only reached the Final Four once — with Texas in 2003 — so tread lightly when betting on the Vols.

North Carolina (+1800)

DraftKings Sportsbook

The Tar Heels are ensuring their forgettable 2022-23 season is far in the rear-view mirror. The Tar Heels are back in the top 10, led by forward and UNC all-time leading rebounder Armando Bacot and R.J. Davis. Carolina is experienced and talented; each was on the Tar Heels team that came just 20 minutes from a national title in 2022.

Carolina is still a team you need to sprinkle a small wager on at these odds.

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Kansas (+2000)

DraftKings Sportsbook

The Jayhawks have already knocked off reigning champion UConn in Lawrence, plus Tennessee on a neutral floor in Hawaii and rolled Houston in their head-to-head meeting in Lawrence.

The Big 12 is one of the nation’s best conferences again this season, which should set Kansas up for postseason play. The Jayhawks make a great bet to win it all for the third time under Self.

NCAAB National Championship Sleepers 2024

Duke (+2500)

DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 1 Unit

The Blue Devils started unevenly once again before taking off in ACC play. Second-year coach Jon Scheyer found success in conference play in 2023, and Duke is much more experienced, led by senior Jeremy Roach.

Scheyer is also seasoned in NCAA Tournament play after watching his team get unceremoniously eliminated by Tennessee last season. Given the roster’s talent, experience, and these unreasonably long odds, the Blue Devils make a great sleeper.

Marquette (+2500)

DraftKings Sportsbook

Last March feels like a different lifetime, making it easy to forget that Shaka Smart’s Golden Eagles won the Big East Tournament while serving as the last team to knock off UConn in 2022-23.

Marquette is looking equally formidable. The Golden Eagles have already beaten Illinois, Kansas, Texas, and Creighton and are ranked in the top 10 in the nation as of late February despite a 28-point road loss at Connecticut.

Plus, the Big East should set up Marquette for the postseason.

Creighton (+3000)

DraftKings Sportsbook

The Bluejays, like Marquette, are tough and battle-tested out of the Big East. Creighton also blew UConn’s doors off in a statement, 19-point home win on Feb. 20.

Creighton is experienced after falling a single point short of the Final Four in 2023, ranks in the top 30 in scoring offense, and has a big man, Ryan Kalkbrenner, who can defend the likes of Edey, Bacot and the best forwards/centers in the nation.

The only question is whether Greg McDermott’s squad wards off challengers from Cinderella types and even reaches the Final Four for the first time in school history.

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Pat Pickens

Pat Pickens is a seasoned sportswriter who has covered pro sports since 2013 for various websites, including The New York Times, NHL.com, Bleacher Report, Sportsnet.ca, USA Today, the Associated Press and many others. His debut book, titled "The Whalers" about the history of the NHL's Hartford Whalers, was released in October 2021.

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