The 2023 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held at NRG Stadium in Houston and will tip off on Tuesday, March 14 with the First Four with the 68-team March Madness Tourney kicking into high gear on Thursday, March 16 with the Round of 64.
It will be the 84th annual tournament and will be the fourth time Houston—the fourth-largest city in the US—hosts the Final Four, so fours will be running wild from the First Four to the Final Four although only two teams will play on Monday, April 2, 2023.
2023 NCAA Championship Futures Odds Online Already
The four regional sites will be Madison Square Garden (NYC), the KFC Yum Center (Louisville), T-Mobile Center (Kansas City, MO) and T-Mobile Center (Paradise, NV). One day in 2099 maybe, all arenas on Earth and on Mars will be named “T-Mobile.”
The Final Four will be held on Saturday, April 1 at NRG Stadium in Houston—home of the NFL’s Texans—and CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV will handle the TV duties once again in 2023 with Westwood One having exclusive Radio coverage of the 2023 NCAA Tournament.
Kansas rallied from 15 points down at Halftime and just defeated North Carolina in the 2022 MCAA Men’s Championship Game at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans while Baylor upset Gonzaga in the 2021 NCAAB Championship Game in Indianapolis.
THIS 💪😤 pic.twitter.com/Vest7keMLs
— Kansas Men’s Basketball (@KUHoops) April 6, 2022
Opening odds for the 2023 NCAA I Men’s Basketball Tournament are out and different online basketball sportsbooks have opened with at least two different favorites (Duke, Kansas), depending on where you look. BetOnline has Duke, MyBookie has Kansas (both at 10/1).
Looking at the final NCAAB ATS Trends for the 2021-22 season, Home Teams were 2,608-2,757-110 ATS (51.4%) with Road teams 2,757-2,608 (48.6%). Favorites were 2,614-2,751-111 ATS (48.7%) with Underdogs going 2,751-2,614-111 ATS (51.3%).
Home Favorites were 1,808-1,951-81 ATS (48.1%) in 2021-22 while Home Underdogs were 800-806-30 (48.1%) in the 2021-22 NCAA Basketball season with Road Favorites going 806-800-30 ATS (50.2%) and Road Underdogs at 1,951-1,808-81 (51.9%).
In non-OT, non-Push games, the Over was 2,458-2,641 (48.2%) with the Under going 2,641-2,458 (51.8%). In OT games, the Over was 267-40 (87%) and in all games the Over was 2,735-2,682 (50.5%) and the Under 2,682-2,735 (49.5%) for the NCAAB season.
Here are the opening 2022-23 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship winner odds from online sportsbook MyBookie, and as you can see, 2022 national champions Kansas are the oddsmakers favorites at 10/1 with Arkansas and Duke both opening 12/1.
2023 NCAA Men’s DI Men’s Basketball Champion Odds
Kansas Jayhawks +1000
Arkansas Razorbacks +1200
Duke Blue Devils +1200
Houston Cougars +1400
Kentucky Wildcats +1400
North Carolina Tar Heels +1400
UCLA Bruins +1400
Arizona Wildcats +1600
Baylor Bears +1600
Gonzaga Bulldogs +1800
Texas Longhorns +2000
Alabama Crimson Tide +2800
Michigan Wolverines +2800
Texas Tech Red Raiders +2800
Villanova Wildcats +2800
Tennessee Volunteers +3300
Oregon Ducks +4000
Auburn Tigers +5000
Creighton Bluejays +5000
Illinois Fighting Illini +5000
Michigan State Spartans +5000
Purdue Boilermakers +5000
Florida State Seminoles +7000
Ohio State Buckeyes +7000
Texas Longhorns +7000
TCU Horned Frogs +7000
USC Trojans +7000
Virginia Cavaliers +7000
Colorado State Rams +8000
Connecticut Huskies +8000
Dayton Flyers +8000
Notre Dame Fighting Irish +8000
San Diego State Aztecs +8000
Saint Louis Billikens +9000
Iowa Hawkeyes +10000
Louisville Cardinals +10000
Miami (Florida) Hurricanes +10000
Providence Friars +10000
Wisconsin Badgers +10000
Davidson Wildcats +12000
Florida Gators +12000
Indiana Hoosiers +12000
Iowa State Cyclones +12000
Oklahoma Sooners +12000
Saint Mary’s Gaels +12000
Syracuse Orange +12000
Xavier Musketeers +12000
Boise State Broncos +15000
Iona Gaels +15000
Kansas State Wildcats +15000
Loyola Chicago Ramblers +15000
Marquette Golden Eagles +15000
Memphis Tigers +15000
Oklahoma State Cowboys +15000
Ole Miss Rebels +15000
Bonaventure Bonnies +15000
Texas A&M Aggies +15000
Virginia Tech Hokies +15000
Wake Forest Demon Deacons +15000
Wyoming Cowboys +15000
NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions 2000-2022
2020—Not held (COVID-19)
2017—North CarolinaTar heels
2015—Duke Blue Devils
2010—Duke Blue Devils
2009—North Carolina Tar Heels
2005—North Carolina Tar Heels
2001—Duke Blue Devils
Duke, Kansas, Zags to Lose Players in the 2022 NBA Draft
Gonzaga was the Preseason No. 1 in the rankings in 2020-21 and 2021-22 as well as being the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, but with Chet Holmgren headed to the NBA Draft and Drew Timme undecided, 2023 may be tougher for the Zags.
And despite a Final Four spot in Coach Krzyzewski’s last season at Duke and the top High School recruiting class in the land, the Blue Devils will also see three pretty good players heading to the NBA in the Draft in Paolo Banchero, AJ Griffin, and Wendell Moore.
But with No. 1 prospect Derck Lively, No. 2 Kyle Filipowski, and No. 5 Dariq Whitehead, new Duke Head Coach Jon Scheyer has some big (two Centers and a Small Forward) headed to Durham and will look to keep Cameron Indoor Stadium crazy as it has been.Defending national champions Kansas (10/1 to win 2023 NCAA Championship, MyBookie) will see 2022 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Ochai Agbaji heading to the NBA along with David McCormack and maybe Remy Martin.
Jayhawks Head Coach Bill Self always gives players a week off at the end of the season to think about what they want to do and many experts have March Madness MOP Agbaji a Top 3 pick so Kansas may have to rebuild around G’s Dajaun Harris and Bobby Pettiford.
The Jayhawks did land Gatorade National Player of the Year Gradey Dick and fellow McDonald’s All-Americans MJ Rice and Ernest Udeh as well as Zuby Ejiof for 2022-23 but if Agbaji, McCormack, and Martin all declare, then many big sneakers to fill in Lawrence.
Ochai Agbaji (@youngoch) is your 2022 #FinalFour Most Oustanding Player! 🙌#NationalChampionship pic.twitter.com/Cq5xQFJ1FH
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) April 5, 2022
Kentucky (14/1) may see 2022 Wooden Award and 2022 National Player of the Year winner Oscar Tshiebwe (17.4 ppg, 15.1 rpg) return to Lexington for HC John Calipari and the Wildcats with recruits Chris Livingston and Cason Wallace also joining Big Blue.
“I’ve been praying about it,” he said when asked what he’ll do next season. “And I know I have a big decision to make. … It would be great to be in blue again,” Tshiebwe told CBS in an interview during the Final Four after his Wildcats were eliminated by Saint Peters.
“Because I love the place, I love the fans, I love everything about Kentucky. But whatever decision God has told me to do, that’s what I’m gonna do.”
So Calipari will have athletes in Lexington as always but will he be able to navigate the SEC and 2023 NCAA Tournament?
Arkansas (12/1) had the No. 2 ranked 2022 Recruiting Class and this oft-overlooked SEC school has very underrated Baseball and Basketball programs and the Razorbacks could actually win both the 2023 Men’s DI Baseball and Basketball titles if all goes well.
Razorbacks Head Coach Eric Musselman will see No. 6 (ESPN) Nick Smith, No. 10 Jordan Walsh, No. 20 Anthony Black, No. 70 Derrian Ford, No. 75 Barry Dunning, and No. 89 Joseph Pinion all heading to Fayetteville in the Fall to all ply their basketball wares.
.@JonRothstein asked Oscar Tshiebwe if he is coming back to @KentuckyMBB next season.
This was his response ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/FPzsZK4xPX
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) April 3, 2022
With the Jayhawks come-from-way-behind victory over the Tar Heels in The Big Easy, a Power Six Conference team has won the NCAA Basketball championship the last 31 seasons since UNLV (Big West) won it all with Stacey Augmon and Larry Johnson in 1990.
So remember when betting NCAA Basketball Futures, side with a team from a PowerSix Conference—ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, or Pac-12—if you are seriously trying to win some money and/or maybe have to or want to hedge off of your Futures wagers.
If betting recreational, or just to “have action” or on your team, then no big deal. Enjoy the ride. There’s nothing wrong with getting five months’ entertainment-worth on a $5 or $10 Futures bet on Loyola-Chicago when a cup of Starbucks® is $7.16. Enjoy both maybe?
And anyone who bet Saint Peters (Elite Eight), those Ramblers (150/1 to win 2023 NCAA Championship) and Sister Jean, or Iowa State (120/1) certainly got their money’s worth and all three may be fun rides from November to March again. But winning in April 2023?
So now is the best time to do some “Offseason homework”—although there is really no Off-season in Sports Futures markets—as these are the best prices we will see all year and every single team on the betting board has double-digits odds … for the time being.
2023 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Winner Pick:
Kevin Stott is a sports writer who has covered the Sports Gambling industry for over 20 years, handicapping sporting events for SportsbookReview, Gaming Today and Bleacher/Report and was an award-winning writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s View Newspapers. Stott is an avid sports bettor and a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. …
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