2023 NCAAB National Championship Odds: North Carolina Among Favorites
Defending Champion Kansas, Not Among Preseason Favorites
Keep an Eye on Veteran Gonzaga Squad
2023 NCAAB National Championship Odds: With about two months until the college basketball season is upon us, it seems like a good time to take an early peek on what the college basketball betting odds are looking like.
Naturally, there are some familiar names at the top as Blue Blood programs appear ready to make a run at more championship glory.
A quick look at the current 2023 NCAAB National championship odds set by the sportsbook and it is clear that Kansas will have its hands full trying to win back-to-back national championships.
Keep on reading as PointSpreads breaks down the contenders with the best NCAAB odds.
Crowded at the Top
Gonzaga, Kentucky and North Carolina all brought back key players who could have been part of the 2022 NBA Draft class so it is not a surprise that the college basketball predictions has the Bulldogs, Wildcats and Tar Heels leading the way with +850 odds to win the national title according to the 2023 NCAA Basketball Championship odds.
All-American Drew Timme joined Julian Strawther and Rasir Bolton are all coming back for Gonzaga and they will be joined by transfers Malachi Smith and Efton Reid. Chet Holmgren and Andrew Nembhard were first round picks.
Kentucky’s list of returnees begins with double-double machine Oscar Tshiebwe and guard Sahvir Wheeler. As usual, Kentucky has some talented 1-and-done prospects with Cason Wallace and Chris Livingston on the radar of NBA teams.
North Carolina will be led by Armando Bacot, R.J. Davis, Caleb Love and Leaky Black as the Tar Heels return three of their four double-digit scorers off a team that reached the national title game last season.
Kansas proved that veteran players are invaluable come tournament time, so for those looking for NCAA basketball betting tips, keep an eye on the teams like North Carolina and Gonzaga who will be led by proven NCAA players.
Defending Champs Have Holes to Fill
It was quite the season for Kansas as the Jayhawks returned to the top of the college basketball world.
However, Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun, Remy Martin and David McCormack have moved on so this will be a much different looking Kansas team.
The addition of former Texas Tech star Kevin McCullar will help but it will take some growth from a roster that is set to have 11 players who are either freshmen or sophomores for the Jayhawks to be in the running for another title.
The college basketball picks puts Kansas with the fifth-best 2023 NCAAB National championship odds to win it all at +1200. Check out more college basketball betting tips.
Power 5 Conference Programs Don’t Have All the Fun
While the national title game featured Big 12 and Big 10 teams, there is a chance a team from outside the Power-5 conference could make a run at the championship. Gonzaga is not the only contender who isn’t from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC or Pac-12.
Houston comes in at +1000 in the championship odds thanks in large part to the backcourt of Marcus Sasser and Jamal Sheard. Jarace Walker is being touted as a possible top 10 selection in the 2023 NBA Draft.
Creighton (+2000) and Villanova (+4000) which saw veteran head coach Jay Wright retire are other teams to watch. There should be some compelling Big East showdowns between Creighton and Villanova. UConn (+6600) might be a little undervalued in the current 2023 NCAAB National championship odds while Providence comes in at +10000 in a top heavy Big East.
Best of the Rest
Duke (+1400) lost plenty of talent to the NBA, but a talented recruiting class led by Tariq Whitehead will allow the Blue Devils to quickly reload in the first season following the retirement of legendary coach Mike Kryzyzewski.
Arkansas (+1400) is loaded with talent thanks to the additions of one of the nation’s best recruiting classes. Nick Smith and Anthony Black are showing up as potential top five picks in the 2023 NBA Draft. The 7-foot-3 Jordan Walsh is another intriguing NBA Draft prospect.
UCLA (+1400) and Arizona (+2200) should fight it out for Pac-12 supremacy while Baylor (+1600) could pose the greatest threat to Kansas in the Big 12. Keyonte George is a freshman to keep an eye on for Baylor.Follow us on Twitter