College Basketball Championship Odds 2022-23: Big Ten Bringing In Plenty Of Favorites

Sitting at the midway point of the offseason, you’d think there couldn’t be a whole lot to discuss in terms of college basketball and what to expect coming into next season.  On the contrary, as we sit in the aftermath of the NBA draft we now get to speculate on the players returning to their program.  How will the dominant teams of last year be affected by losing star players?  Will players that decided to return lead their program to the promised land?  All of these questions will go into that big question of ‘What team will eventually be having their One Shining Moment in the early days of April?’    

The College Basketball offseason truly has become something special to view with the circus of opting in or out of the NBA draft, coaching changes, the growing transfer portal, etc.  So while we still have months to go till tip-off, the books of Vegas have already been calculating teams that have the best odds for the upcoming season.  Here, we dive into those teams topping the charts to give you the best outlook before placing your bets.

College Basketball Championship Odds 2022-23

The Favorites 

Houston ()

Houston is currently one of the odds favorites to win the national championship in 2023, and recent memory would say they would be a smart bet.  The Cougars of the American Athletic Conference have made it to the Elite Eight the past two years, one of which being a Final Four appearance in 2021. 

Now with a return of their best player in Marcus Sasser who was absent during their tournament run last year, only improvements could be expected from Kelvin Sampson’s squad.  Tramon Mark also returns for the Cougars who averaged double-digit points and with the addition of 5-star recruit Jarace Walker, this squad will certainly be a team to watch coming into this season.

Gonzaga ()

Tied for the odds on favorite is a familiar face in the Gonzaga Bulldogs.  Houston and Gonzaga are both mid-major schools so it’ll be very interesting to see if either team can win it all as we have not seen a whole lot of luck with a mid-major coming out on top in the modern era.  If any recent team has been the closest, it’s been, Gonzaga.  Two national championship appearances since 2017 and Mark Few is not slowing down on his quest to get his trophy. 

A big reason why Gonzaga starts another season towards the top is the return of All-American Drew Timme.  While many expected him to embark on an NBA path, his return keeps Gonzaga as formidable contenders.  This team may not be as appealing as some of their other recent lineups, but maybe a Bulldog team that stays under the radar is the best chance for them to finally have their shining moment.

Kentucky ()

Another blue blood program with a lot coming back to play in 2022-23.  Many people had Kentucky winning last year’s championship before they had a very disappointing 1st round exit, losing to 15-seed St. Peter’s.  Calipari has been nothing but a recruiting juggernaut since coming to Lexington, but with only one championship during his tenure many wonder if he will ever get his second.  Known for popularizing the one-and-done era, one big stay may be the reason this will be his best chance. 

National Player of the Year Oscar Tsiebwe who averaged 17 points for the Wildcats last season.  Two top-20 recruits in Chris Livingston and Cason Wallace will also be a big factor in leading Kentucky through the SEC and potentially a big tournament run to avenge last year’s team.

Kansas ()

Rounding out the top five on favorites is last year’s national champion Kansas Jayhawks.  Bill Self was finally able to win his second title during his time with Kansas and now will contest for a chance to repeat.  The departure of Christain Braun and Final Four Most Outstanding Player Ochai Agbaji will definitely sting as both went in the NBA Draft.  A big return in Lawrence will be Jalen Wilson who opted to return for another season after partaking in some NBA draft workouts. 

Kevin McCullar will also be joining him after transferring from Texas Tech where he averaged double digits in scoring.  Helping fill that void as well is 5-star recruit Gradey Dick who is a sharp shooter and Mr. Kansas Basketball winner.  Expect another monumental year from the Jayhawks in the Big 12 and another monster push at a deep tournament run.

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Arkansas ()

Arkansas comes into this season with one of the strongest recruiting classes in the country and will be one of the largest teams as well in terms of height.  Eric Musselmann put a big emphasis on improving size in recent years to help their defense and rebounding with the shortest scholarship player on the team being “6’3” this upcoming season. 

Three top-15 recruits in Nick Smith, Jordan Walsh, and Anthony Black will make an immediate impact with this Razorbacks squad.  They are losing some players from last year’s team but with these new additions and transfer Trevon Brazile, this could be the year Arkansas and Muselman get over the hump.

Indiana ()

After returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years, Indiana is quickly starting to rebrand in this new Mike Woodson era.  Due to a lot of Big Ten departures from teams like Michigan and Illinois, Indiana is now seeing itself as preseason favorites to win the Big Ten. 

A big part of that reason is the return of Trayce Jackson-Davis who is a projected All-American player.  Additions of 5-star recruits Jalen Hood Schifino and Malik Reneau could also contribute to bringing Indiana back to Big Ten and national relevance.

Texas ()

Texas will be another team to watch out for this season in Chris Beard’s second season with the Longhorns.  The landing of transfer Tyrese Hunter from Iowa State will give Texas a stellar backcourt as he will pair up with Marcus Carr.  Carr averaged double digits in points last season. 

Landing the number 4 recruit Dillon Mitchell will also get things rolling as Beard continues to build his program.  Beard was able to get Texas Tech to a championship game in only a couple years as coach, it shouldn’t be too long until he may be able to repeat with his alma mater.

Jack is a Hoosier by birth and Hoosier by alum. Full of hot takes but sharper predictions. Residing now in the Chicago area. When he's not chowing down on deep dish pizza and Italian beef, he's watching and betting sports. Junkie for everything CBB, NBA, NFL, CFB, and MLB. Here to feed you a system to follow that might even be better than the one Tom Brady was gifted his whole career.

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