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College Basketball National Championship

Gonzaga

+700

Memphis

+900

Michigan

+900

Kentucky

+1400

Texas

+1400

UCLA

+1400

Purdue

+1600

Duke

+1800

Illinois

+1800

Kansas

+1800

Villanova

+1800

Alabama

+2000

Baylor

+2500

Ohio State

+2500

Arkansas

+3300

Florida State

+3300

North Carolina

+3300

Connecticut

+4000

Houston

+4000

Michigan State

+4000

Texas Tech

+4000

LSU

+5000

Maryland

+5000

Oklahoma

+5000

Oregon

+5000

Virginia Tech

+5000

Louisville

+5500

Syracuse

+5500

USC

+5500

Virginia

+5500

West Virginia

+5500

Wisconsin

+5500

Arizona

+6600

Auburn

+6600

Creighton

+6600

St. Bonaventure

+6600

Tennessee

+6600

Clemson

+10000

Florida

+10000

Georgetown

+10000

Georgia Tech

+10000

Indiana

+10000

Iowa

+10000

Loyola Chicago

+10000

Marquette

+10000

Missouri

+10000

Notre Dame

+10000

Rutgers

+10000

San Diego State

+10000

Seton Hall

+10000

St. Johns

+10000

Stanford

+10000

Xavier

+10000

Colorado

+12500

Miami FL

+12500

Oregon State

+12500

Wichita State

+12500

Arizona State

+15000

Dayton

+15000

NC State

+15000

Providence

+15000

SMU

+15000

Butler

+20000

Cincinnati

+20000

Colorado State

+20000

Drake

+20000

Georgia

+20000

Mississipi State

+20000

Nevada

+20000

Pittsburgh

+20000

Richmond

+20000

St. Louis

+20000

Temple

+20000

Texas AM

+20000

UNLV

+20000

VCU

+20000

Wake Forest

+20000

Belmont

+25000

Boise State

+25000

BYU

+25000

Davidson

+25000

Iowa State

+25000

Northern Iowa

+25000

Ole Miss

+25000

Utah

+25000

Utah State

+25000

California

+30000

Kansas State

+30000

Minnesota

+30000

Nebraska

+30000

Penn State

+30000

Rhode Island

+30000

TCU

+30000

Vanderbilt

+30000

Washington

+30000

Boston College

+50000

DePaul

+50000

Betting on college basketball futures can be an exciting way to bet on sports. Some bettors may even be drawn to futures betting because of its potentially high payouts.

For newbie bettors and even experienced ones who want to venture into futures betting, some of the challenges they may face include reading futures odds and knowing what events they can bet on and how they can place their bets.

MaximBet.com provides a guide to address these challenges so that bettors can be more confident in placing bets on futures odds. As a regulated and legally operating sportsbook, we are committed to providing you with the best value for your bets.

What Are College Basketball Futures?

Futures are bets you place on the outcomes of sporting events that are still a long way ahead of time. In college basketball futures, these events usually pertain to tournament or championship odds that occur after the regular season.

The NCAA tournament championship is one example of an event where you can bet on college basketball futures.

Oddsmakers usually set NCAAB futures before the regular season starts and the match schedules are published.

Once these futures odds are posted, you can bet on college basketball futures throughout the regular season and during the March Madness Tournament until a team is declared the national champion.

Like many futures bets, the NCAA futures odds for all teams fluctuate as the season progresses. So despite the fun and excitement college basketball futures bring to sports betting, it helps to be aware of this fact so you can plan your bets properly.

A variety of factors can influence oddsmakers to adjust the NCAA basketball futures they set as the season goes by. These factors include the latest game results, roster changes, injuries, and other elements that may impact betting odds.

However, your payout will still depend on futures odds, even if the oddsmakers change these odds.

Suppose you bet on the Colorado Buffaloes during the preseason to win the NCAA Basketball Championship with odds at +12500. The oddsmaker later changes it to +8000.

If the Buffaloes win, you still get a payout based on the +12500 odds you bet on, not the +8000 odds.

Reading the College Basketball Futures Market

To read college basketball futures bets, especially the NCAA Basketball Championship futures, you need to know how to read basic odds, like moneylines or American odds.

Take the table below as an example:

College Basketball Teams to Win 2022 NCAAB Championship
Team Odds
Gonzaga Bulldogs +600
Villanova Wildcats +1000
Duke Blue Devils +1200
Kentucky Wildcats +1200
Texas Longhorns +1200
Kansas Jayhawks +1300
Alabama Crimson Tide +1400
Illinois Fighting Illini +1600
Purdue Boilermakers +1700
Florida State Seminoles +1800

The table shows that the Gonzaga Bulldogs have a +600 odds to win the NCAAB Championship in 2022. This means that if you place a $100 bet on them and they win, you will receive $600 on top of the $100 you staked. With this bet, you can get a total payout of $700.

The Bulldogs’ odds are lower compared to the other teams in the list, indicating that the Bulldogs are the most favored team.

In comparison, the Florida State Seminoles have the highest odds at +1800, meaning they are the longshots or the least favored team.

Because the Seminoles have the highest odds, the payout is also higher. In their case, a $100 bet on them will give you a $1,800 profit if they win the championship.

How to Bet on College Basketball Futures

Oddsmakers can start setting college basketball futures bets as early as the preseason.

This means that even though March Madness is still a long way off on your sports betting calendar, you can already place your bets even before the regular season starts.

The NCAA March Madness tournament usually lasts for three weeks, starting with the First Four matches in the first week until the Final Four in the final week. The tournament concludes with a championship game on the last day.

Bettors placing futures bets on the championship game will have the entire preseason, regular season, and the whole three weeks of March Madness to bet on their chosen teams.

Futures odds can frequently change during that period, and bettors can place their bets any time.

Additionally, many oddsmakers post the next season’s college basketball futures in March or April, after the previous season.

Around May or June, the betting market comes alive. This period is when some of the top players waive their eligibility as college basketball players and move up to the pros by joining the NBA Draft.

Some bettors start predicting the players who will leave and return. For oddsmakers, this also becomes an opportunity to update the futures odds of college basketball.

When betting through an online sportsbook, the steps to place bets on college basketball futures may just have a few differences from professional basketball futures betting.

However, the procedure generally goes like this:

  1. Register and create a MaximBet.com account.
  2. Fund your account. This will be the money you’ll use to place bets.
  3. Go to the list of sports or sports leagues and choose NCAA or college basketball.
  4. Go to “futures” and select the betting type of your choice.
  5. Place the amount you want to stake and confirm your betting ticket.

If you find interesting futures odds to bet on, head over to MaximBet.com to start staking. Aside from college basketball, we also allow you to bet on other sports leagues such as the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA.

College Basketball Futures Opening Line

The opening line of college basketball futures is the initial set of odds placed by oddsmakers before the regular season starts.

Some sportsbooks post the opening lines in the futures odds table so that bettors can compare the original odds with the current futures. Bettors can also see which teams have the biggest changes to their odds.

The table below shows the opening lines for the 2022 NCAAB National Championship:

Team Opening Line
Michigan Wolverines +1000
UCLA Bruins +1200
Baylor Bears +1400
Ohio State Buckeyes +1600
Houston Cougars +2500
Louisville Cardinals +2500
Texas Tech +2500
Virginia Tech Hokies +2500
West Virginia Mountaineers +2500
Michigan State Spartans +3000
USC Trojans +3000
Wisconsin Badgers +3000
Arkansas Razorbacks +4000
Creighton Bluejays  +4000
Utah Utes +4000
Syracuse Orange +4500
Auburn Tigers +5000
Clemson Tigers +5000
LSU Tigers +5000
Maryland Terrapins +5000
Memphis Tigers +5000
Oklahoma State Cowboys +5000
Oregon State Beavers +5000
Tennessee Volunteers +5000
Connecticut Huskies +5000
Arizona Wildcats +6000
Missouri Tigers +6000
Richmond Spiders +6000
San Diego State Aztecs +6000
St. Bonaventure Bonnies +6000
Stanford Cardinal +6000
Texas A&M Aggies +6000
Rutgers Scarlet Knights +6600
Seton Hall Pirates +6600
Marquette Golden Eagles +7000
Georgetown Hoyas +10000
Indiana Hoosiers +10000
Loyola (MD) Greyhounds +10000
NC State Wolfpack +10000
BYU Cougars +15000
UNLV Rebels +15000
St. John’s Red Storm +20000
Colorado State Rams +25000
Notre Dame Fighting Irish +25000
Arizona State Sun Devils +30000
Minnesota Golden Gophers +30000
SMU Mustangs +30000
Vanderbilt Commodores +30000
VCU Rams +30000
Boise State Broncos +35000
Dayton Flyers +35000
Miami (FL) Hurricanes +35000
Cincinnati Bearcats +50000
Nebraska Cornhuskers +50000
Nevada Wolf Pack +50000
Pittsburgh Panthers +50000
Iowa State Cyclones +65000
Utah State Aggies +75000
Penn State Nittany Lions +100000
Boston College Eagles +150000
Wake Forest Demon Deacons +150000

As the next college basketball season progresses, the futures odds for each team may change. This means the opening odds can vastly differ from the final odds.

College Basketball Player Awards Betting

Other NCAAB futures bets include the Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year and the NCAA Most Outstanding Player awards.

Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year

From 1969 to 2021, the Duke Blue Devils produced more Naismith winners than other teams, followed by the UCLA Bruins, the North Carolina Tar Heels, and the Virginia Cavaliers.

Aside from the information on the team, the player’s year level and position may also come into play when betting. Most Naismith Player of Year Award winners were seniors, and forwards won more times than guards or centers.

NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player

If you prefer to place your bets on the Final Four matches of the NCAA basketball tournament, consider betting on the Most Outstanding Player futures also.

Generally, the MOP is awarded to a player who belongs to the championship team. However, in the award’s history from 1939 to 2021, 12 MOP winners were not part of the championship team.

When betting on MOP futures, take note of these factors when deciding which player to bet on.

College Basketball National Championship Betting

Before the regular season starts, oddsmakers start offering college basketball futures for almost every team that will play throughout the season.

However, when the March Madness championships come up, only a handful of teams will be left since the rest will be eliminated in the earlier rounds.

For bettors, the significant risk to their stake will be if the team they picked gets eliminated early on. Meanwhile, the remaining teams’ odds may increase as the teams’ chances of winning also increase.

This situation also means that the longer you wait before you place your bets, the lower the teams’ odds may become.

Suppose the Gonzaga Bulldogs have preseason odds of +900, and you bet $100 on them. In that case, if they win the championship, you can win a payout of $1,000 ($900 profit plus $100, which is the initial stake).

If you wait a few weeks longer, the Bulldogs’ odds might lower to +600. If you start betting by then and they win, you will only receive a $600 profit.

Plan your bets carefully. Review each team’s stats (or player’s stats if you are betting on player-specific futures), and your chances of winning bets and larger payouts may increase.

As you make your betting plans, also remember to bet responsibly. MaximBet.com strives to promote responsible gambling. For questions on how to prevent gambling problems, chat with us through our 24/7 customer service.

NCAAB Conference Tournament Betting

Aside from player futures and the March Madness tournaments, you can also bet on conference tournament futures.

In the 2020-2021 season, there were 32 NCAA Division I conferences. Among them, the Power 6 conferences were:

  • Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
  • Big 12
  • Big East
  • Big 10
  • Pac-12
  • Southeastern Conference (SEC)

College Basketball Futures FAQs

  1. Where can I place bets on college basketball futures?

    In general, almost any popular sportsbook or betting site accepts bets on college basketball futures. MaximBet.com is dedicated to giving you the best value for your stake while providing you with an enjoyable betting experience.

  2. What other bets can I place on college basketball?

    Aside from futures, other bet types include moneylines, spreads, totals, prop bets, and bracket bets.

    While moneylines, spreads, totals, and props are quite common, bracket bets are unique to sporting events that use bracketing to create matchups.

    In bracket betting, you pick the teams you believe will win in every tournament matchup. You do this before the first game starts.

    Unlike in a parlay, where you must win every bet, in a bracket bet, there is still a chance to get a payout even if you lose one bet.

    Register with MaximBet.com now to start placing college basketball futures bets. Make an initial deposit to earn raffle tickets and get a chance to win big prizes.