As the NCAA Tournament draws closer, a third team has joined Baylor and Gonzaga at the top of the betting market.
The No. 1 Bulldogs and No. 2 Bears have been well clear of the field for the last few months. No. 3 Michigan’s recent results have catapulted them into the discussion, though. The Wolverines were 10/1 in the NCAA Tournament market at DraftKings two weeks ago, but they are now priced at +450 following their win over No. 4 Ohio State on Sunday.
Baylor has gone from a +290 to a +250 ‘chalk,’ while Gonzaga moved from +310 to +275. The Buckeyes are tied with Villanova for the fourth-shortest price (11/1).
DraftKings introduced a new specialty prop for March Madness last week. Bettors can snag Gonzaga and Baylor at +110 against the field (-134) for the tournament. The Bulldogs would be at least an 8-point favorite against any team (other than Baylor) in college basketball right now, according to KenPom.
Both Baylor and Gonzaga have a -305 price tag to make the Final Four this season, while Michigan is -105. DraftKings does not offer takeback (‘No’) odds for that market, though, so the hold is much larger than a standard market.
Baylor is -167 to win the Big 12 Tournament, which is down from a -250 price two weeks ago. Kansas and West Virginia are both 6/1, while Texas (7/1), Texas Tech (8/1) and Oklahoma (10/1) are all capable of stringing together a few wins as well.
Alabama remains at the top of the SEC standings and is a +250 ‘chalk’ to win the SEC Tournament. The Crimson Tide could be challenged by a host of teams, including Missouri (+350), Tennessee (+350), LSU (+400), Arkansas (+650) and Florida (10/1).
The Big Ten has been the deepest conference in college basketball and there are several teams who could take down the conference tournament, which might lead to a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance. Michigan is a +225 ‘chalk,’ but Ohio State, Illinois and Iowa are all within 5/1. Wisconsin (8/1), Purdue (13/1) and Rutgers (15/1) are outside options.