Odds for college basketball’s National Title, Player of the Year winner

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Bovada.lv has released their latest odds for the national title winner and the Naismith Player of the Year award.

A couple thoughts on this list:

  • I like Providence at 33/1. I’m not saying bet your house on them, but they have the makeup of the two most recent UConn national title teams and in a year where there is no clear favorite, they can certainly get hot in March and win six straight games.
  • Don’t bet on Duke. Don’t bet on Kentucky, either. Instead, bet on Butler and Iowa at 50/1.
  • If I was going to invest any money in the National Player of the Year race, it would be on Ben Simmons. There’s a chance that LSU might actually be the best team in the SEC, but even if they’re only, say, top three in that conference, if Simmons can get the Tigers into the NCAA tournament and win a game or two, he’s going to win some National Player of the Year awards. He’s not the winner right now, but I think he’s the most likely to be the winner come March.

Odds to win the National Title

Kansas 15/2
Michigan State 17/2
Oklahoma 9/1
North Carolina 10/1
Duke 12/1
Kentucky 14/1
Virginia 14/1
Xavier 14/1
Louisville 16/1
LSU 16/1
Maryland 16/1
Purdue 16/1
Villanova 22/1
Arizona 28/1
Iowa State 28/1
Miami FL 28/1
Providence 33/1
UConn 33/1
Gonzaga 40/1
Butler 50/1
Indiana 50/1
Iowa 50/1
Texas A&M 50/1
Vanderbilt 66/1
Baylor 75/1
California 75/1
Cincinnati 75/1
Utah 75/1
West Virginia 75/1
Wichita State 75/1
Florida 100/1
Michigan 100/1
Notre Dame 100/1
Oregon 100/1
Pittsburgh 100/1
South Carolina 100/1
St. Mary’s 100/1
Texas 100/1
UCLA 100/1
Dayton 150/1
Florida State 150/1
Georgetown 150/1
Marquette 150/1
Ohio State 150/1
Syracuse 150/1
Colorado 300/1
UNLV 300/1
USC 300/1
Wisconsin 300/1
Alabama 500/1
Arizona State 500/1
Auburn 500/1
Boise State 500/1
BYU 500/1
Georgia 500/1
Illinois 500/1
Kansas State 500/1
Memphis 500/1
NC State 500/1
Northern Iowa 500/1
Oklahoma State 500/1
Ole Miss 500/1
Rhode Island 500/1
San Diego State 500/1
Stanford 500/1
VCU 500/1
Wake Forest 500/1
Washington 500/1
Arkansas 1000/1
Minnesota 1000/1
Mississippi State 1000/1
Missouri 1000/1
Nebraska 1000/1
Penn State 1000/1
St. John’s 1000/1
Temple 1000/1
Tennessee 1000/1

Odds to win Naismith College Player of the Year

Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) 2/3
Ben Simmons (LSU) 4/1
Kris Dunn (Providence) 7/1
Denzel Valentine (Michigan State) 7/1
Grayson Allen (Duke) 14/1
Georges Niang (Iowa State) 16/1
Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia) 20/1
A.J. Hammons (Purdue) 33/1
Jakob Poeltl (Utah) 33/1
Melo Trimble (Maryland) 33/1