NCAA Basketball Betting: Early 2016-17 Futures Odds Overview

Kevin Stott

Sunday, April 10, 2016 12:00 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 10, 2016 12:00 PM UTC

Several Top Rated Sportsbooks Have posted their Futures Odds for the 2016/17 NCAA College Basketball Championship. Here are the opening odds for next season as well as a few recommendations for NCAAB Picks.

Several Top Rated Sportsbooks Have posted their Futures Odds for the 2016/17 NCAA College Basketball Championship, with the world’s largest, The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook having numbers for over 150 teams out last Tuesday afternoon -less than 24 hours after the completion of the 2015/2016 Men’s College basketball title was decided- along with the Point spread, Moneyline, Total and Futures Book bets—all on the last shot of the game at NRG Stadium in Houston as Villanova knocked off North Carolina on a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Here are the opening odds for next season as well as some mid-range and longshot NCAAB picks along with some simple Rules to try to abide by to increase chances of actually returning to the betting window with a winning Futures bet.


Introduction: Best to Stick With Betting on the Bigger Conferences, Expected Teams From East of Mississippi River
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has posted NCAAB odds for the 2016/17 NCAA College Basketball champion and the sportsbook where Elvis once lived has come through with more than 150 teams for Sports Bettors to choose from, in a marketplace growing in popularity.

It's one of those weird ones in which some will simply bet blindly on their favorite College and/or Alma Mater not caring if the team wins or loses, but just to have action on a team or teams you can pull for all season long. The famous old “ticket in the pocket“ theory of South Point oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro hard at work.

People just love to have action on something and Futures bets let the gambler have a bet that won’t lose on the day he/she put it in. Everyone should have a stash of Futures Book tickets to brighten up their mood when they go 0-3 and even if one foolishly wagers on the USMNT to win the World Cup—a team limping through World Cup Qualification, having to beat Guatemala in their last game, 4-0, after losing 0-2 in Leg 1—just to put some spice in some Sports.

And every once in a Blue Moon a club like Leicester City (-400 to win EPL championship, Bovada) from the English Premier League at +500,000 odds come along and shocks the sports world, rewards some brave little gambler who took a shot on a “can’t-win” longshot and costs sportsbooks millions of dollars in the process. And nobody weeps for them.

Anyway, the point is to try to win and at least have a chance for purposes of this assignment, as putting Emotions as the top priority when choosing a Futures Book bet or bets, almost always ends in that little white piece of computer paper ending up being just a worthless souvenir from another frustrating College Basketball season.

Here, we shall do our best to avoid teams like Wichita State, Xavier, Northern Iowa, Gonzaga and Oregon and other of that ilk and work from these strict Rules:
1: The pick must be on a College team from East of Mississippi River;
2: The pick must be from with the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 or SEC conferences; and,
3: The pick must be a Basketball-oriented school expected to win an NCAA Championship.

The L20 NCAA College Basketball champion have been Villanova, Duke, Connecticut, Louisville, Kentucky, Connecticut, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Florida, North Carolina, Connecticut, Syracuse, Maryland, Duke, Michigan State, Connecticut, Kentucky, Arizona and Kentucky. So, just one team from West of the Mississippi River (Arizona in 1997). “We tried to be as inclusive as we could this year,” Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook oddsmaker supreme Jeff Sherman said on local ESPN 1100 radio last week when talking about the massive selection of schools which now even includes fun Little Guys like Oakland (+50,000 to win NCAA Championship, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook), Cal-State Bakersfield (+200,000), Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) (+200,000), Monmouth (+100,000), Yale (+100,000) and Stephen F. Austin (+100,000) - all of whom made the Big Dance this past season. Next year’s Final Four will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, the home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.

Odds to Win 2017 Men’s NCAA Division I Basketball Championship (in Glendale, AZ)
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NCAA Basketball Futures Short Odds Picks: Kansas +1000, North Carolina +1500 (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook)
NCAA Basketball Futures Long Odds Picks: Iowa State +5000, Seton Hall +5000 (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook)

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