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Updated 2021 College Basketball Top-25 Rankings and Odds to Win 2020-21 National Championship

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The unprecedented college basketball season continues into 2021, and there are some changes in the Top 25 and odds to win the National Championship since the season started in November.

We're still two months away from the college basketball conference tournaments, followed by March Madness and the NCAA Tournament.

The AP rankings and odds will continue to change, but here are the FanDuel Sportsbook NCAA men's basketball betting odds and lines as of Jan. 4, 2021.

1. Gonzaga (+350) Bulldogs Final 4 Odds: (-220)

2. Baylor (+700) Bears Final 4 Odds: (+110)

3. Villanova (+900) Wildcats Final 4 Odds: (+125)

4. Texas (+1500) Longhorns Final 4 Odds: (+500)

5. Iowa (+1200) Hawkeyes Final 4 Odds: (+145)

6. Kansas (+1900) Jayhawks Final 4 Odds: (+250)

7. Creighton ( +1900) Bluejays Final 4 Odds: (+450)

8. Wisconsin (+1500) Badgers Final 4 Odds: (+270)

9. Tennessee (+1300) Volunteers Final 4 Odds: (+400)

10. Michigan (+4000) Wolverines Final 4 Odds: (+900)

11. Houston (+2000) Cougars Final 4 Odds: (+350)

12. Illinois (+1300) Fighting Illini Final 4 Odds: (+250)

13. Missouri (+6500) Tigers Final 4 Odds: (+1100)

14. West Virginia (+1900) Mountaineers Final 4 Odds: (+250)

15. Rutgers (+5000) Scarlett Knights Final 4 Odds: (+250)

16. Minnesota (+8500) Golden Gophers Final 4 Odds: (+600)

17. Oregon (+4500) Ducks Final 4 Odds: (+700)

18. Texas Tech ( +3000) Red Raiders Final 4 Odds: (+550)

19. Clemson (+5500) Tigers Final 4 Odds: (+1200)

20. Virginia Tech (+2800) Hokies Final 4 Odds: (+500)

21. Duke (+2500) Blue Devils Final 4 Odds: (+500)

22. Virginia (+2500) Cavaliers Final 4 Odds: (+500)

23. St. Louis (+5000) Billikens Final 4 Odds: (+1000)

24. Michigan State (+2000) Spartans Final 4 Odds (+450)

25. Florida State (+2500) Seminoles Final 4 Odds (+450)

Others receiving votes: Florida 110, Louisville 103, Ohio State 96, Northwestern 86, Oklahoma State 68, Arizona 25, Colorado 19, BYU 18, Drake 17, North Carolina State 16, Oklahoma 15, Arkansas 14, Seton Hall 11, UCLA 6, Xavier 5, San Diego State 4, Connecticut 4, LSU 3, Boise State 3, Indiana 2, Alabama 2, Syracuse 1

According to data from Kenpom, the last eight national champions had an adjusted offensive efficiency rating that ranked, on average, just better than 14th nationally on Jan. 1. That is very similar to the average of Kenpom's adjusted defensive efficiency ratings on Jan. 1.

Through Dec. 30, there are 13 teams with an adjusted defensive efficiency rating better than average — Texas Tech, Tennessee, Clemson, Texas, Ole Miss, Kansas, Wisconsin, Stanford, Baylor, Virginia, Memphis, Houston and West Virginia. Of those schools and teams, only Baylor also has an adjusted offensive efficiency rating that's better than the average of the last eight national champions on Jan. 1.

The blue-blooded quartet of Duke (3-2), Kentucky (2-6), North Carolina (6-4) and Michigan State (7-3) are 18-15 on the season. North Carolina and Kentucky are unranked.

College basketball analyst Andy Katz rated the Big Ten the best conference in basketball at the end of 2020. “If the selection were happening this week, the Big Ten would probably get 11 schools in the NCAA tournament,” Katz said.

The first NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings of the season will be published Monday, Jan. 4


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