After a tough 2020 where the NCAA had to cancel the annual men’s basketball tournament, the nation’s best teams return to the hoops courts in 2021 looking for National Championship glory. What schools should pay per head agents be aware of heading into the madness that is March? Check out everything you must know about the top four seeds, the under-the-radar teams with a shot at the title, and the underdogs that could bite in our 2021 March Madness Preview.
In 2020, the National Collegiate Athletic Association canceled all post-season college basketball tournaments. While the pandemic forced sports leagues like the NBA and NHL to pause their seasons, the NCAA had no choice but to stop the current hoops season.
Unlike professional sports leagues, the NCAA governs university sports competitions. The universities mustn’t follow NCAA rules. Some schools wanted to give the tournament a try. Others said, “No way.”
2021 is a new year, though, which is why the NCAA has already set dates and venues for the 2021 NCAAB Men’s College Basketball Tournament. Selection Sunday is March 14.
First Four games play on March 18. The Final Four is on Saturday, April 3, with the title game on Monday, April 5.
By the first week of March, many players will call bookie agents looking to place future bets on top contenders. In our preview, we talk about the teams that should garner the most interest from your players.
Bookmakers that run PPH sportsbooks can use their layoff accounts to mitigate risk on big National Championship future bets. They should also consider setting betting limits for every team we mention.
Predicted Top Four Seeds – Gonzaga, Baylor, Ohio State & Michigan
- Gonzaga Bulldogs
Around a +300 chalk to take the NCAA Tournament, oddsmaking bookies must watch for huge bets on the Zags. Gonzaga boasts three potential players of the year, freshman Jalen Suggs, and forward Corey Kispert, and Drew Timme. Gonzaga appears to have no faults.
- Baylor Bears
Undefeated Baylor starts a small-ball, 4-guard lineup led by top player Jared Butler. The Bears should easily handle their NCAA March Madness opponents until they face a team like Gonzaga, Ohio State, or Michigan. Because they start a small-ball lineup, contrarian players will be all over Baylor to beat the Zags should the two best teams in the nation face each other in the National Championship.
- Ohio State Buckeyes
Not counting their February 21 game against the Michigan Wolverines, the Buckeyes have won seven in a row. What should worry bookmakers is how Ohio State has covered five straight and six of seven before their showdown with Michigan.
- Michigan Wolverines
If Michigan beats Ohio State on February 21, their betting odds to win the title will plummet. March Madness bracket players will peg the Wolverines as their title champs. Make sure to set max limits on Michigan to win the March Madness Tournament.
Houston, Iowa, and Florida State have National Championship potential
- Houston Cougars
Houston ranks second in points allowed, 57.9, first in field goal percentage allowed, 36.7%, and second in three-point percentage allowed, 26.7%. If the Cougars pick up on the offensive end, they can upset enough teams to win the title.
- Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa started on fire. Player of the year candidate Luka Garza averaged over 30 points per. His per-game average is down to less than 25 per, which should help the Hawkeyes’ tournament chances. Iowa’s reliance on Garza is one of the things that has kept them down.
- Florida State Seminoles
FSU has emerged as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s best squad. Rarely, the ACC’s top team doesn’t grab a 1-seed. If the Seminoles continue playing as well as they did when trouncing Virginia 81-60, they should leapfrog either Michigan or Ohio State for the final 1.
Can Florida State win the championship? They average close to 80 per while allowing an average of less than 69 per. The point difference has happened in the second deepest conference in college basketball. So, yes, they can win it all.
Rutgers, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State are underdogs with a chance
- Rutgers Scarlet Knights
It doesn’t often happen, but sometimes the best player on the court, think Danny Manning in 1988, demolishes every one of his team’s opponents. In March Madness 2021, Ron Harper Jr. could be that player for the Scarlet Knights.
- Texas Tech Red Raiders
In the 2019 NCAA Tournament, Texas Tech almost beat Virginia in the championship game to win it all. The Red Raiders may be better this season than they were in 2019. The defense is just as good, and they got a talented player in Mac McClung. As long as McClung shows up and plays well, the Raiders can win ball games.
- Oklahoma State Cowboys
The top college basketball prospect for this summer’s NBA Draft plays for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Like Ron Harper Jr., Cade Cunningham is good enough to lead a net cutting ceremony on April 5. Cunningham can rebound, run the offense, and shoot from three. If Cade gets hot for six straight, the Cowboys can take the title.
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