2020-21 NCAA Tournament Betting Odds

2020-21 NCAA Tournament Betting

NCAA Tournament Betting

The NCAA Tournament is Back!! Last year's tournament was cancelled, so everyone is very excited about this year’s March Madness. Things are a little different this year, with all of the games taking place around the Indianapolis, Indiana area and the schedule is also a bit different. The First Four previously was held on Tuesday and Wednesday, but this year all of the First Four games will be held on Thursday, March 18 and the First Round will take place on Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20. Second Round action will take place on Sunday, March 21 and Monday, March 22.

The top four seeds for the 2021 NCAA Tournament are Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois and Michigan. The Bulldogs enter the tournament as the betting favorite at odds of +190, while Illinois is the second choice at odds of +545. Odds for every game in the 2021 NCAA Tournament will be available at BookMaker.

The Sweet 16 is typically on Thursday and Friday, but it will take place on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28 this season. The Elite Eight is traditionally held over the weekend, but it will instead be pushed back to Monday, March 29, and Tuesday, March 30. That is to give teams a little extra time just in case there are some COVID issues.

Normalcy will be restored for the Final Four. The 2020-21 NCAA Tournament Final Four will be on Saturday, April 3, while the NCAA Championship Game will be held on Monday, April 5.

2020-2021 NCAA Championship Game - Lucas Oil Stadium

Monday, April 5 - 9:20 PM ET

Baylor Bears +4

Gonzaga Bulldogs -4

Total 159

March Madness History

The event had been held every year since 1939 growing in both size and stature over the years. The first tournament consisted of eight teams and the format remained unchanged until 1951 when the field was doubled to 16. The number of participating schools doubled again to 32 in 1975 and reached 64 in 1985.

Currently there are slots for 68 of the best D-I college basketball squads in America, though we don’t always get the top teams. There are 32 spaces reserved for automatic qualifiers – teams that win their end-of-the-season conference tournament. The other 36 teams are at-large entrants picked by the selection committee based on their overall record, RPI, net rating and other factors.

Most National Championships

WINS TEAM YEARS
11 UCLA 1964, 1965, 1967-73, 1975, 1995
8 Kentucky 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012
6 North Carolina 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009, 2017
5 Duke 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015
5 Indiana 1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987
4 Connecticut 1999, 2004, 2011, 2014
3 Villanova 1985, 2016, 2018
3 Kansas 1952, 1988, 2008
3 Louisville 1961, 1962
2 Florida 2006, 2007
2 Michigan State 1979, 2000
2 N.C. State 1974, 1983
2 Oklahoma State 1945, 1946
2 San Francisco 1955, 1956

Nowadays, it's virtually impossible to win the NCAA Tournament more than once with the same group of players. The best players in the nation are all "one and done" and leave the collegiate hardwood for the NBA after just one season, and the idea of winning a 68-team tournament is much harder than it was in the 1960s and 1970s during the greatest dynasty in the history of men's college basketball.

UCLA's record of 11 titles won't be touched for quite some time. As great as John Calipari has been at Kentucky, his Wildcats have just one National Championship since 1998 and eight in totality. North Carolina is next in line with its six titles. The Tar Heels moved into third place all-time in 2017 by beating Gonzaga for the National Championship, breaking a tie with Duke and Indiana who have five titles each.

National Championship Games (2000)

YEARS WINNER RUNNER-UP LOCATION
2019 Virginia Texas Tech U.S. Bank Stadium
2018 Villanova Michigan Alamodome
2017 North Carolina Gonzaga University of Phoenix Stadium
2016 Villanova North Carolina NRG Stadium
2015 Duke Wisconsin Lucas Oil Stadium
2014 Connecticut Kentucky AT&T Stadium
2013 Louisville Michigan Georgia Dome
2012 Kentucky Kansas Mercedes-Benz Superdome
2011 Connecticut Butler Reliant Stadium
2010 Duke Butler Lucas Oil Stadium
2009 North Carolina Michigan State Ford Field
2008 Kansas Memphis Alamodome
2007 Florida Ohio State Georgia Dome
2006 Florida UCLA RCA Dome
2005 North Carolina Illinois Edward Jones Dome
2004 Connecticut Georgia Tech Alamodome
2003 Syracuse Kansas Louisiana Superdome
2002 Maryland Indiana Georgia Dome
2001 Duke Arizona Metrodome
2000 Michigan State Florida RCA Dome

NCAA Basketball Conferences

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