The NCAA college basketball tournament is right around the corner and the oddsmakers at Fanduel have shared who they believe are the favorites to win the competition. March Madness is always a talking point for every sports fan and at every water cooler in the country.
It’s not uncommon for coworkers, family members, friends to fill out their NCAA bracket and put some cash in the NCAA Basketball pool and wager on who they believe will make it to the Final Four and win the NCAA championship.
Now with online sports betting legal in various states across the United States, college basketball fans can test their knowledge and bet on who they believe will win the title. Here are Fanduel’s future picks for the winner of March Madness.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the favorites to win the NCAA title as they enter the tournament undefeated at 26-0. Gonzaga are in the West region and could face the likes of Iowa, Kansas, and Virginia. Kansas and Virginia have players who tested positive for COVID-19 and this could be an advantage for Gonzaga.
2. Baylor +600
The Baylor Bears were just as good as Gonzaga this year, going 22-2, and may have tougher competition in Ohio State or Arkansas. At +600 betting on the Bears could be a wise bet since they have been equally as dominant and have faced tougher competition.
3. Illinois +600
Illinois just won the Big 10 Tournament and had a 23-6 record this season. The Fighting Illini come into the tournament on a seven-game winning streak and are a clear dark horse to win it all. It won’t be easy as a match with Loyola or Oklahoma State might be in the cards, but the team has the talent to win.
4. Michigan +800
The Michigan Wolverines are also a good choice given their 20-4 record and their talented roster. The Wolverines have an easy road unless they get matched up with Texas or Alabama. The team when on is near unbeatable and will be a huge test for anyone they cross.
5. Iowa +1700
The Iowa Hawkeyes is a distant +1700 favorite and while they are the number 2 seed and could face Gonzaga in the elite 8. Iowa went 21-8 and lost to Illinois in the semifinals of the Big 10 Tournament. A long shot, the Hawkeyes will have to upset a few teams to win the whole thing.
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