2017 Title Odds (04/07/16)

By John Ewing Director of Research and Analytics @johnewing
Odds to win the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Courtesy of Bovada.lv.

Villanova won its second title on Monday night in dramatic fashion. While the Wildcats are still celebrating, the rest of the country is focused on who will win the title next season.

Duke is the 9-2 favorite to cut down the nets. Grayson Allen will return for his junior season as will Amile Jefferson, Matt Jones and Luke Kennard. The Blue Devils will also add the nation's second ranked freshman class.

Who has the top ranked class? Kentucky, of course! Big Blue Nation will enjoy watching some of the best diaper dandies the country has to offer. Coach Cal's team will reload and are the second favorite at 6-1.

Don't sleep on the defending champions. It is easy to think the Cats will regress with the departures of Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu but just about everyone else is coming back. Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins are going through the draft process but could still return to school. Along with Jalen Brunson and Phil Booth, Jay Wright's team will have plenty of ammunition to try to repeat. The bookmakers give Nova 8-1 odds to run it back.

Louisville (10-1) and North Carolina (12-1) are likely candidates to make deep runs in next year's tournament but will either be eligible to compete? Potential NCAA sanctions threaten both programs.

The rest of the top ten are a who's who of college basketball. Blue bloods Kansas and Michigan State have 10-1 and 12-1 odds respectively. The Hoosiers are 20-1 as are Virginia and Oregon.

Here are the latest odds for who will win the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
(Note: odds for other teams are available on Bovada.lv.)

Team Odds
Duke Blue Devils 9-2
Kentucky Wildcats 6-1
Villanova Wildcats 8-1
Louisville Cardinals 10-1
Kansas Jayhawks 10-1
Michigan State Spartans 12-1
North Carolina Tar Heels 12-1
Indiana Hoosiers 20-1
Virginia Cavaliers 20-1
Oregon Ducks 20-1
Arizona Wildcats 22-1
Xavier Musketeers 25-1
Wisconsin Badgers 25-1
West Virginia Mountaineers 28-1
Maryland Terrapins 33-1
Purdue Boilermakers 33-1
Connecticut Huskies 33-1
Iowa State Cyclones 40-1
Miami Hurricanes 40-1
Oklahoma Sooners 50-1
Seton Hall Pirates 50-1
Texas Longhorns 50-1
Syracuse Orange 50-1
Baylor Bears 60-1
Gonzaga Bulldogs 66-1
Michigan Wolverines 66-1
UCLA Bruins 66-1
Texas A&M Aggies 66-1
Wichita State Shockers 66-1
Florida Gators 75-1
Iowa Hawkeyes 75-1
SMU Mustangs 75-1
Arizona State Sun Devils 100-1
California Golden Bears 100-1
Cincinnati Bearcats 100-1
Butler Bulldogs 100-1
Mississippi State Bulldogs 100-1
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 100-1
Ohio State Buckeyes 100-1
Vanderbilt Commodores 100-1