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The 2019-2020 college basketball season begins on November 5, 2019. The Virginia Cavaliers won the NCAA basketball title last year, but they will start the season as somewhat of a longshot to win the title this season, with odds of +2500. They are well behind some of the top teams in the betting odds, as Michigan State, Duke, Kansas and Kentucky are listed at single-digit odds. Many of the top teams will have elite freshmen that are one-and-done, but that is the new normal in college hoops.

College basketball’s first major tournament took place in 1938. Then, the National Invitational Tournament brought six of the best teams from around the country to Madison Square Garden to compete for an unofficial national championship. Temple won that very first competition, and the following year the NCAA decided to get it on the action.

For the next two decades, the NCAA and NIT tournaments were on the same level in terms of prestige and quality of teams. However, from 1960 to the present day, the tournament that teams care about is the one hosted by the NCAA.

The tournament field continues to expand, and this year there will be 68 teams vying to win the national championship. Being a No. 1 seed gives a team a huge advantage, and ten of the last 13 national championship winners have entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed.

Alabama +60000 Arizona +3650 Arizona State +30000
Arkansas +65000 Auburn +3700 Baylor +915
Boise State +450000 Butler +7500 Cincinnati +37500
Colorado +6000 Connecticut +250000 Creighton +3000
Davidson +650000 Duke +985 Florida +12000
Florida State +2000 Georgetown +250000 Georgia +250000
Gonzaga +685 Harvard +500000 Houston +6500
Illinois +11500 Indiana +37500 Iowa +8000
Iowa State +600000 Kansas +600 Kentucky +1550
Louisville +1400 LSU +12500 Marquette +13000
Maryland +1375 Memphis +30000 Miami Florida +550000
Michigan +3500 Michigan State +1950 Minnesota +85000
Mississippi +700000 Mississippi State +40000 Missouri +500000
NC State +34000 New Mexico State +125000 North Carolina +85000
Notre Dame +65000 Ohio State +4800 Oklahoma +50000
Oklahoma State +300000 Oregon +2850 Oregon State +250000
Penn State +3950 Pittsburgh +450000 Providence +36500
Purdue +23500 Rutgers +18500 San Diego State +1550
Seton Hall +1900 SMU +250000 South Carolina +100000
St Bonaventure +400000 St Louis +180000 Saint Marys CA +24500
Stanford +55000 Syracuse +70000 TCU +250000
Temple +350000 Tennessee +85000 Texas +120000
Texas A&M +400000 Texas Tech +6000 UC Irvine +450000
UCLA +80000 USC +21500 Utah +400000
Utah State +22000 VA Commonwealth +200000 Villanova +2600
Virginia +11500 Virginia Tech +125000 Washington +250000
West Virginia +4500 Wichita State +32500 Wisconsin +11500
Xavier +22500 Dayton +1365 BYU +7000
Clemson +100000 - -

Top Contenders

The Michigan State Spartans begin the 2019-2020 college basketball season as the favorite to win the title. They are listed just in front of Duke, Kansas and Kentucky. The Spartans return three starters from last year’s team that made the Final Four including All-American point guard Cassius Winston. They also have one of the top coaches in the country in Tom Izzo. It also doesn’t hurt their cause that the other top teams in the Big Ten, Michigan, Wisconsin and Purdue all look to have taken a step back.

Some of the one-and-one teams look a little bit weaker than normal this season. The freshmen class for Duke, Kansas and Kentucky is not quite as strong as in recent seasons. The Blue Devils top newcomers this season are Vernon Carey and Matthew Hurt. The Jayhawks didn’t win the Big 12 for the first time since 2003-04 a year ago, but they bring a lot of players back. They also have some new players coming in but none are five-star recruits.

One team that did do well in recruiting is North Carolina. The Tar Heels got point guard Cole Anthony and another top recruit in Armando Bacot, so North Carolina could have some value in college basketball future odds.

One darkhorse to keep an eye on is Memphis, as they have two five-star recruits in James Wiseman and Precious Achiuwa. There is no question that Memphis brings in one of the top recruiting classes in the country for coach Penny Hardaway. Also, don’t sleep on Oregon who has two five-star recruits in CJ Walker and N’Faly Dante. The Ducks made the Sweet 16 last season and nearly beat Virginia.

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