Virginia’s first-ever National Championship is not even 24 hours old, but oddsmakers have already set their sights on next season. To no surprise, UVA is favored to win the NCAA Tournament in 2020. Check out the complete list of favorites right here.
Of course, the defending champions open as the 2020 favorites. UVA has had a ton of success under Head Coach Tony Bennett. Bennett has produced three Sweet 16 teams in the last six years, culminating with last night’s title. The only thing standing in UVA’s way of a repeat will be the key pieces they could lose. De’Andre Hunter is projected to be a top-five NBA draft pick. Ty Jerome is a potential first-rounder as well. While Kyle Guy could go undrafted, it is very likely he’s played his final game in a Cavaliers uniform.
Will college basketball fans remember this Duke team as a disappointment? A group that featured Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish could not advance further than the Elite Eight? While Coach K may not see a squad with more individual talent for quite some time, it is possible Duke is a better team next season. The ACC will be a tough conference again, obviously. But with a possible step back for UVA and UNC, a program noticeably outside the top-five favorites, this should be Duke’s conference to lose. Coach K will be seeking his sixth national title.
Michigan State (+1100)
The Michigan State Spartans will never go away. Say what you will about Tom Izzo’s abrasive style of coaching, but it always seems to work out in the end. The team entered March Madness as a two-seed, which was too low, according to many experts. MSU cruised through the NCAA Tournament before earning a nail-biting win over Duke in the Elite Eight. They were then bested by a terrific Texas Tech squad. Even without a plethora of star players, the Spartans are always a threat come March and April.
As expected, Forward PJ Washington declared for the upcoming NBA Draft. It’s a big blow to the Kentucky Wildcats lineup. All the sophomore did this season was average 15.2 PPG and 7.5 rebounds. The surefire first-round pick will be missed, but not impossible to replace. Being listed as the team with the fourth-best odds to win it all, the oddsmakers are suggesting the Wildcats will be even better next season without Washington. There are a few more players with decisions to make regarding their futures, but this team has enough young depth to compete for a title in 2020.
No team in the country has been more consistent since Mark Few took over during the 1999-00 season. After 17 consecutive tournament runs, Gonzaga finally broke through with a championship appearance in 2017. They finished as the runner-up, but the momentum keeps building for this program. They had championship aspirations again in 2019, before falling to the Red Raiders. At this point, a National Championship is the only thing missing from the Gonzaga Bulldogs’ tremendous resume.