There is still a long way to go to the 2021 March Madness tournament, and for us to get to enjoy college hoops, many hurdles have to be cleared.
Nevertheless, sportsbooks have already published odds for the tournament, and in this article, we will take a look at who the favorites are to win it all in 2021. We’ll also touch on what the upcoming college basketball season could look like.
Odds to win March Madness 2021
A bunch of usual suspects appear in the top five for the likeliest candidate to win March Madness in 2021.
Gonzaga and Baylor (ranked number two and five in the last AP national rankings) are co-favorites to lift the trophy, closely followed by Villanova, Virginia and Iowa.
Here is the full list of odds to win the tournament, from DraftKings:
Creighton Blue Jays
Duke Blue Devils
Florida State Seminoles
San Diego State Aztecs
West Virginia Mountaineers
Ohio State Buckeyes
Michigan State Spartans
North Carolina Tar Heels
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Arizona State Sun Devils
Saint Louis Billikens
Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Northern Iowa Panthers
South Carolina Gamecocks
What will the 2020-2021 college basketball season look like?
Right now, we do not have any definite answers to that question.
But there is optimism for the 2021 tournament and the college hoops season to happen in some format. The NCAA’s Senior Vice President, Dan Gavitt, has expressed his confidence in the season happening and voiced that the NCAA is patiently trying to look for the best possible solution.
What could those solutions look like then?
A bubble concept that’s similar to the NBA’s has been discussed publicly. In college basketball’s case, this would most likely mean that conference games would be played inside a bubble. This would minimize travel and mitigate risks in the current COVID-19 reality.
Some have also flashed the idea of organizing a larger than usual NCAA tournament with up to 128 teams, instead of focusing on the regular season.
The tournament’s schedule has also been debated, and some seem to think that it would be sensible to move it from March to May so that the tournament can be realistically played even if the start of the season would have to be postponed significantly.
How to pick a winning March Madness bracket?
Picking a March Madness bracket has become a favorite national pastime for people of all ages and experience levels. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s certainly a difficult task to pick a winning bracket.
When we wrote about the topic earlier this year, we concluded the following on the probabilities of picking a perfect bracket:
“There are various estimates out there on the chances of someone picking a perfect bracket. Some mathematicians say it’s one in 2.4 trillion, while others go for 9.2 quintillion. We’ll just conclude that it’s impossible.”
In that same article, we revealed that blindly picking the better-seeded team in each matchup has resulted in far better than average results in the NCAA’s own Bracket Challenge Game throughout the years, and gave some tips and tricks on how to utilize data and go for undervalued picks to beat advanced opponents.
It’s never too early to start preparing your strategy for the tournament, so go read the article here.
More on college basketball
The ScoreMetrics Lab will keep you updated on the latest developments of the college hoops season, and hopefully our basketball trading systems will be killing it again.
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