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Odds to reach the 2021 Final Four

Baylor and Gonzaga lead the list of teams favored to head to Indianapolis for the Final Four next season

Filip Petrusev of the Gonzaga Bulldogs dunks against the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights during the second half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 21, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Though the coronavirus denied college basketball the chance to determine a champion of the 2019-20 season, we can already start taking a look at the teams favored to compete for the title next season. DraftKings Sportsbook released odds for teams to reach the 2021 Final Four.

Favorites

If the Baylor Bears don’t lose Jared Butler or MaCio Teague to the NBA, they make sense as the favorite. BU was struggling down the stretch, but still ended up 26-4 and on pace for a No. 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament depending on how the Big XII Tournament finished. They’ll have to deal with Kansas in conference again, but not in the same Big Dance bracket quadrant most likely. It’s enough to make them co-favorites to reach the national semifinals at +125.

The team that was the biggest victim of losing the 2020 tournament was probably the Gonzaga Bulldogs, and Filip Petrusev is likely back to Spokane for 2021. They also have a five-star commit in Jalen Suggs to their three-man class that’s ranked ninth in the country, and return three of their five starters. The Zags are likely the preseason No. 1 team, and share the +125 price with Baylor.

Virginia was one of the hottest teams in America to end the season, and now adds the No. 6 recruiting class in the country including New Jersey’s Mr. Basketball Jabri Abdur-Rahim. They lose only Mamadi Diakite and Braxton Key of their top seven contributors, and are a program more likely to add in the transfer portal than lose people. Tony Bennett will remain the defending champions in 2021 at +150 odds.

Sleepers

Want some value? What if Iowa coach Fran McCaffery can pull this trifecta off: keep Luka Garza for one more season, get C.J. Fredrick to stay healthy, and find a transfer point guard to get Garza the ball in the right spots — say, Iowa resident DJ Carton who is transferring from Ohio State? Yes he’ll need an NCAA waiver, but with his admitted mental health issues that seems very possible.

It’s either Garza or Obi Toppin of Dayton for the Wooden Award this year, and bringing him back for 2021 would make him one of the most dominant college players of the one-and-done era. The +300 here is a great price for a team that should be at the top of the B1G next season.

The following are the odds to play in the 2021 Final Four from DraftKings Sportsbook:

2021 Final Four Odds

Team Odds 3/20
Team Odds 3/20
Baylor +125
Gonzaga +125
Virginia +150
Creighton +200
Kentucky +225
Duke +275
Villanova +275
Florida State +300
Iowa +300
San Diego State +325
Wisconsin +325
Kansas +350
West Virginia +400
Oregon +425
Tennessee +425
Ohio State +500
Michigan State +550
North Carolina +550
Houston +650
LSU +650
Louisville +650
Maryland +650
Texas Tech +650
UCLA +650
Arizona State +800
Florida +800
Michigan +800
Oklahoma State +800
Arizona +900
Auburn +900
Dayton +900
Indiana +900
Northern Iowa +900
Oklahoma +900
Purdue +900
South Carolina +900
Texas +900
USC +900
Colorado +1150
UConn +1150
Illinois +1150
Minnesota +1150
Wichita State +1150
Butler +1400
Penn State +1400
Providence +1400
Stanford +1400
Syracuse +1400
Georgetown +1650
Memphis +1650
Miami (FL) +1650
Cincinnati +1900
Clemson +1900
Marquette +1900
Mississippi State +1900
Nevada +1900
Pittsburgh +1900
Rhode Island +1900
UNLV +1900
VCU +1900
Washington +1900
Xavier +1900
Alabama +2400
Arkansas +2400
Belmont +2400
Davidson +2400
DePaul +2400
Georgia +2400
Iowa State +2400
Notre Dame +2400
Ole Miss +2400
St. John's +2400
Saint Mary's +2400
Temple +2400
Utah State +2400
Utah +2400
Virginia Tech +2400
Loyola Chicago +3650
NC State +3650
Penn +3650
TCU +3650
Boise State +3900
Boston College +3900
BYU +3900
Harvard +3900
Kansas State +3900
Nebraska +3900
Northwestern +3900
Texas A&M +3900
Vanderbilt +3900
Wake Forest +3900
Yale +3900

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