Can a Team West of Mighty Mississippi River Win the 2017/18 NCAA Basketball Title?

Kevin Stott

Saturday, November 18, 2017 1:45 PM UTC

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 1:45 PM UTC

The 2017/18 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season is now underway, so what a wonderful time to take a quick two-minute read on the latest Futures Book championship odds from BetOnline, offer up some quick analysis as well a pick from this always entertaining market which usually has more choices than any other Futures market

2017/18 NCAA Basketball Futures Book Odds Update Shows All of The Usual Hardwood Suspects Near the Top

For the last nine seasons, a team from east of the Mississippi River has won the Men’s Division I Basketball championship with Kansas (2008) the last school to bring home the bacon and a deeper look shows the Jayhawks are the only team in 19 years west of The Big Muddy to become champions. And the ACC (NC—2017, Duke—2015) and Big East (Villanova—2016) have won the last three titles, so when contemplating College Basketball Futures bets designed to be based on Logic (to win) and not Emotions (for fun or to back your school of favorite team), remember how really rare it is for a school from west of the Mississippi River to actually become champions, and how rare it is for smaller conferences to end up producing a title-winner these days. In 2014, American Athletic Conference Player of the Year Shabazz Napier led former Big East school and now AAC basketball member Connecticut to the glory, becoming the first #7 seed to ever win the National Championship, but Cinderella stories like that are extremely rare in this sport and it’s better off to take one of the higher-profile teams with the lower odds and do so early before conference play gets too deep and any talk of March Madness starts coming from your TV.

Here are the latest Futures odds from BetOnline for the Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. The Final Four will be played at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas with March Madness scheduled to tip off on March 13 with the Championship game set for Monday, April 2, 2018 (CBS).


Michigan State Spartans +450

Duke Blue Devils +500

Arizona Wildcats +800

Kentucky Wildcats +1000

North Carolina Tar Heels +1200

Kansas Jayhawks +1400

Wichita State Shockers +1600

Villanova Wildcats +1800

Louisville Cardinals +2000

Florida Gators +2500

Gonzaga Bulldogs +2500

West Virginia Mountaineers +2500

USC Trojans +2800

Cincinnati Bearcats +3300

Notre Dame Fighting Irish +3300

Oregon Ducks +3300

Saint Mary’s Gaels +3300

Alabama Crimson Tide +4000

Michigan Wolverines +4000

Purdue Boilermakers +4000

UCLA Bruins +4000

Indiana Hoosiers +5000

Miami-Florida Hurricanes +5000

Virginia Cavaliers +5000

Arkansas Razorbacks +6600

Auburn Tigers +6600

Baylor Bears +6600

Butler Bulldogs+6600

Oklahoma Sooners +6600

Texas A&M Aggies +6600

Texas Longhorns +6600

Xavier Musketeers +6600



Creighton Bluejays +8000

Florida State Seminoles +8000

Minnesota Golden Gophers +8000

Seton Hall Pirates +8000

Nevada Wolf Pack +10000

SMU Mustangs +10000

South Carolina Gamecocks +10000

TCU Horned Frogs +10000

Wisconsin Badgers +10000

Maryland Terrapins +12500

Northwestern Wildcats +12500

Providence Friars +12500

Virginia Tech Hokies +12500

Rhode Island Rams +20000

Dayton Flyers +25000

Central Florida Golden Knights +25000

Georgia Bulldogs +25000

Memphis Tigers +25000

Ball State Cardinals +50000

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +50000

Harvard Crimson +50000

Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders +50000

Oakland Golden Grizzlies +50000


Freshman Class at Duke Loaded Again with Marvin Bagley, Trevon Duval, Gary Trent

The ACC has given us two of the last the champions and any time Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski are involved, a special prejudice toward backing the living coaching legends seems wise and the Expectations on Tobacco Road at Chapel Hill and Durham are extremely high and the quality of players recruited and ultimately attending North Carolina and Duke to play College Basketball know they are headed to hallowed hardwood graced by the sport’s greats like Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Grant Hill and Johnny Dawkins. Kentucky has accepted it’s lot as a one-and-done NBA Factory for Freshmen, while the Tar Heels and Blue Devils have tried to make their Hoops cultures firmly entrenched in playing College basketball in the Here and Now, expecting to win it all every season while still trying to remember that college is college and an educational process. Thus, North Carolina and Duke have provided us with one of the greatest rivalries in the history of amateur and pro sports, and along with aforementioned UConn (2011, 2014), are two of the three schools who have won two NCAA Basketball championships over the past 9 seasons. Hats off to you three.

With Grayson Allen back, Top-ranked Duke (5/1 to win NCAA Championship, BetOnline) seem like a good Futures Book choice at that price, and despite seeing Jayson Tatum head to the NBA and the streaking Boston Celtics, Coach K always works his magic in Durham and seeing Duke or North Carolina in the Championship game surprises nobody, but seeing either of them eliminated from The Big Dance always does. And that speaks volumes about both storied programs and those Head Coaches. But can little man Joel Berry II, big man Luke Maye and the #9-ranked Tar Heels (12/1 to win NCAA Championship, BetOnline) repeat with as much as they’ve lost?

Maybe the best player in Division I plays in the competitive Big Ten conference for #2 Michigan State (+450 to win NCAA Championship, BetOnline)—odds favorites to win March Madness this time around—and his name is Miles Bridges (16.9 ppg , 8.3 rpg 2.1 apg, 1.5 bpg in 2016), a 19-year-old Sophomore slash player from Flint who was the leading vote-getter on the AP Preseason All-American five-man squad (Bridges, MSU, Colson, Notre Dame., Porter, Jr., Mizzou, Brunson, Villanova, Trier, Arizona). Bridges (6-7, 230) was forced to play more of an inside, down low game for esteemed Head Coach Tom Izzo last season, and will probably get to roam more and play more of a Shooting Guard-Small Forward role for Sparty this season.

With fabulous a group of incoming Freshmen, including the sensational Marvin Bagley III (17.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg), electric playmaker Trevon Duval (13.3 ppg, pictured above), Wendell Carter Jr. (10.7 ppg) and Gary Trent Jr. (13.7 ppg), among others, and Allen (25.7 ppg) back and Chicago native Krzyzewski calling the shots, backing the Cameron Crazies and ACC hoops stalwarts Duke seems like the most logical idea when looking at this Field s a whole. Great players with great coaches win championships.

Best Line Available at BetOnline (5/1)
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