As football season nears its end, fans begin to shift their focus toward college basketball in preparation for March Madness. This year's college basketball season has been an interesting one thus far, with no real show-stopping dominant players or teams leading the SportsCenter highlight reel like last season with Duke and Zion Williamson.
However, there are a handful of blue blood programs who still see their names at the top of the list when it comes to the odds to win the national championship.
Duke and Gonzaga are currently tied atop the odds, as both are sitting at +1000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Right behind those two are Louisville (+1100) and Kansas (+1200).
The rankings don't exactly mimic the odds, but the same teams are certainly in the conversation. Gonzaga is the No. 1 ranked team in the country, but Duke is ranked No. 3, and both are tied atop the odds. Louisville, meanwhile, is third in odds, but is the No. 11 ranked team in the country.
The Baylor Bears, who are the No. 2 ranked team in the nation, check in at fifth in the odds (+1400).
Six through 10 in the odds are occupied by Michigan State (+1500), who opened as the favorite this season, Oregon (+1600), Butler (+1800), Maryland (+2200) and Auburn (+2400).
If one thing is clear about this college basketball season, it's that there's no definitive favorite right now. But with about half the season left to play, there's plenty of time for someone to establish themselves as the clear-cut favorite.
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