On Monday Duke added top-rated point guard Trevon Duval to its loaded 2017 recruiting class. Was Coach K’s latest addition enough to make the Blue Devils the favorites to win next year’s NCAA tournament? Here is a look at the 2018 college basketball championship odds and how they have changed over the last month.
Duval, the No. 5 prospect in the 2017 class, chose Duke over the likes of Kansas and Arizona, among others. With Frank Jackson and Luke Kennard leaving for the draft the Dukies have an immediate need for a ball handler. Coach K has another top 5 recruiting class the expectations for the program have increased. Duke opened at 14/1 after the title game but with a strong recruiting class have moved to 9/1, second best odds.
Michigan State is the favorite at 15/2. After Miles Bridges decided to return for another season Sparty saw its odds jump from 20/1. Tom Izzo will look to win his second national title with a deep and talented squad.
After Michigan State and Duke its Kentucky (19/2), North Carolina (10/1) and Kansas (12/1) rounding out the top five.
One team whose fortunes have changed dramatically is Mizzou. Since the season ended (after just eight wins) the Tiger hired a new coach (Cuonzo Martin), signed the top prospect in the class (Michael Porter Jr.) and have seen its chances of winning the title skyrocket. Missouri opened at a generous 250/1, with a top 10 recruiting class the Tigers have been bet down to 25/1 (12th best).
Other team’s whose odds have changed the most: Baylor (250/1 to 70/1), Florida State (33/1 to 100/1) and Oklahoma (33/1 to 100/1).
2018 College Basketball Championship Odds
|Team||Bovada (4/5)||5Dimes (5/16)|
|San Diego State||100/1||120/1|
|Mount St. Mary's||1000/1||5000/1|