The Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament is a bit of a mixed bag this year, three top seeds have survived, but there are also two double-digit seeds, including a first-four team, still alive.
We’ll break down who we think has the best chance to win it all and give you a longshot that has the potential to make an even more astonishing run. Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Favorite to watch: Gonzaga +135
The Gonzaga Bulldogs have been and continue to be the best team in college basketball this season. They play with the most efficient offense in the nation, a top-seven defense and at the fastest pace of anybody left in the tournament, according to KenPom. They also rank atop the NCAA NET rankings and none of the games they’ve played in this season have been particularly competitive.
The Zags are scoring at a clip of over 91 points per game, while only giving up just over 60. In their Sweet 16 matchup with Creighton, it took a little time for their offense to get going. Still, they ended up scoring 83 in the game and won by 18 points, which could have easily been more.
Longshot to watch: UCLA +2800
The UCLA Bruins have the longest odds to cut down the nets, and that’s probably because they have to take on No. 1 seed Michigan in the Elite Eight. Still, they certainly haven’t been playing like an 11 seed since their tournament run started in the First Four.
They play at an excruciatingly slow tempo, the 337th fastest in the nation, which is the slowest of any team still vying for the national title. That means that no matter how good their opponent is, they’ll have limited possessions to work with. The UCLA offense is also the 11th most efficient in the country, according to KenPom. That hovers around the majority of the teams still hanging around in the Tournament. Combine that with their slow tempo and they’re a dangerous matchup for anybody.
Here are the odds to win the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship:
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL). Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ/WV/PA/MI), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (NH/CO), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-888-532-3500 (VA) or call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN). 21+ (18+ NH). CO/IL/IN/IA/NH/NJ/PA/TN/VA/WV/MI only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for full terms and conditions.