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College Basketball Top Ten Update – Odds – Value

March 8, 2023
College basketball top ten

The madness is just about upon us as teams wind down their regular season schedules. The conference tournaments will be a mere formality for many teams looking to get to the big dance and win it all. Winning a conference tournament is nice and all but it is not the true goal of any one of the top college basketball teams in the country.  In fact, in the last 20 season, the NCAA College Basketball National Champion failed to win their conference 11 times. You can the results below:

NCAAB Last 20 National Champions

2022KansasWon Big 12
2021Baylor Lost Big 12 semi
2019Virginia Lost ACC semi
2018VillanovaWon Big East
2017North CarolinaLost ACC semifinals
2016VillanovaLost Big East finals
2015DukeLost ACC semi
2014UConnLost AAC finals
2013LouisvilleWon Big East
2012KentuckyLost SEC finals
2011UConnWon Big East
2010DukeWon ACC
2009North CarolinaLost ACC semi
2008KansasWon Big 12
2007FloridaWon SEC
2006FloridaWon SEC
2005North CarolinaLost ACC semi
2004UConnWon Big East
2003SyracuseLost Big East semi
2002MarylandLost ACC semifinals


Current NCAA Rankings with Futures Odds

If you are going to pick your national championship futures winner, now may be as good as a time as any. If you look at the table below there is still some value left to be had. Based on current ranking, there is futures value on Kansas, Purdue & Marquette. Their ranking and record are better than what their odds seem to indicate.

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RankTeamStraight UpOdds
1Houston 29-2+600
2UCLA 27-4+900
3Kansas 25-6+1000
4Alabama 26-5+750
5Purdue 26-5+1200
6Marquette 25-6+3300
7Texas 23-8+2500
8Arizona 25-6+1800
9Gonzaga 26-5+2000
10Baylor 22-9+2000


You probably already know that many of the teams in the top ten have already won a national championship because they have a long storied championship history (UCLA for example), but what about some of these other teams? We answer those questions individually below:

Has Houston Ever Won a College Basketball National Title?

No. They came very close back in the early 80’s when they had Clyde “The Glide” Drexler and Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon. They were runners up in 1983-84.

Has Alabama Ever Won a College Basketball National Title?

No. They have lots of football championships but zero basketball championships. They have made the Sweet 16 eight times however.

Has Purdue Ever Won a College Basketball National Title?

No. But they have made two Final Four appearances.

Has Marquette Ever Won a College Basketball National Title?

Yes. They were national champions once, back in 1977.

Has Texas Ever Won a College Basketball National Title?

No. Despite their success in college basketball they have not been able to pull off the big one.


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