Duke is 2023 NCAAT ‘chalk;’ KU is 12/1 to repeat

With the nation's No. 1 incoming recruiting class, DraftKings has installed Duke as the +900 favorite to win the 2023 NCAA Tournament.

The 2022 NCAA Tournament title game had everything that a college basketball fan could hope for.

North Carolina raced out to a huge lead as a 4-point underdog on Monday night, but Kansas completed the largest comeback in title game history en route to a 72-69 win. It marked the fourth title in school history for the Jayhawks and their first since 2008.

They entered the season priced at 16/1 at DraftKings, before moving to 9/1 prior to the tournament and +180 heading into the Final Four. North Carolina deserves some credit for its miracle run, as the Tar Heels were priced as long as 200/1 entering the season.

Their March Madness run included a perfect 6-0 against the spread record that barely hung on down the stretch of Monday night’s game. One bettor at Red Rock Casino had a $1 million wager on Kansas -4, which ended in heartbreak when guard DaJuan Harris Jr. stepped out on an inbounds pass with 4.3 seconds left.

FanDuel got hit hard in “correct score” betting props, as more than 5,000 people bet on Kansas to win in a 72-69 final, according to Darren Rovell. The average bet size was only $2.78, but one bettor placed a $375 wager that returned $86,625.

FanDuel was offering 230/1 odds on the prop. ESPN’s David Payne Purdum also reported a $50 bet on Kansas to win 72-69, which cashed for $11,500.

Kansas is going to lose multiple key players from this year’s team, including NCAA Tournament MOP Ochai Agbaji, David McCormack and Remy Martin. Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson could also declare for the NBA draft, which is why the Jayhawks are 12/1 in the 2023 NCAA Tournament odds.

Head coach Bill Self became the first Kansas coach to win multiple NCAA Tournament titles, but now five Level I NCAA violations are looming large. There is a chance that the Jayhawks could be banned from the 2023 postseason, according to Matt Norlander of CBS Sports.

Duke is currently the 9/1 ‘chalk’ at DraftKings, followed by North Carolina (11/1) and Kentucky/Kansas (12/1). The Blue Devils will be playing in their first season without head coach Mike Krzyzewski since 1979.

Gonzaga and Arkansas are both priced at 14/1—the Razorbacks are expected to have three five-star prospects join Devo Davis and Jaylin Williams in the starting lineup.

The 2023 Final Four is scheduled for April 1 at NRG Stadium in Houston, while the title game will take place two days later.

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