As the confetti and streamers get cleaned up from the Alamodome floor, it’s time to look ahead and guesstimate who will end next season as kings of the college basketball world.
Minneapolis is the host city for the 2019 Final Four, and Bovada, a leading online sportsbook, has listed their odds for who they think will be crowned champions.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have 60-to-1 odds, and have the fourth best odds amongst Big Ten programs. Michigan State has the best odds from the B1G at 20-to-1; Michigan, this year’s national runners-up, follow at 25-to-1; and Purdue rolls in at 50-to-1.
Leading the way are the Duke Blue Devils at 6-to-1. In 1992, the Final Four was at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis—the site where Christian Laettner and Bobby Hurley used a second-half rally to blowout Michigan for the national championship. Early oddsmakers seem to think Mike Krzyzewski’s program can win it all again in Minneapolis 27 years later.
The Kansas Jayhawks, who made the Final Four this year, come in at No. 2 in the early odds for the ‘19 natty, with 7-to-1 odds. Right behind Bill Self’s Jayhawks are the Wildcats from Kentucky and Villanova. Both forms of the Wildcats have 8-to-1 odds.