The UConn Huskies cut down the nets for the second-straight year after knocking off Purdue 75-60 in the national championship game, and they currently find themselves as one of the betting favorites to do it all over again for a third time in as many years.

Here's a look at the full list of national championship odds for next season.

2025 March Madness Championship Odds (As of July 4)

North Carolina+2000

Why UConn Is Favored To Win 2025 National Championship

Head coach Dan Hurley's decision to turn down a job offer to go pro and lead LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers was a testament to how confident he is in his players to put him and the collegiate in the history books. Winning three-straight national titles hasn't been done since John Wooden and UCLA in the 1970s, so Hurley and the Huskies are on the cusp of something significant. 

UConn is no stranger to turnover, and it will need to do so once against with Donovan Clingan (Portland Trail Blazers) and Stephon Castle (San Antonio Spurs) being lottery picks in this year's draft. Hassan Diarra and Samson Johnson return from the championship squad, and Aidan Mahaney comes aboard after averaging just under 14 points for Saint Mary's. 

With Hurley at the helm, and despite conjuring up a three-peat being extremely difficult to manifest, the Huskies deserve their flowers and the betting odds that follow. 

Last 10 College Basketball National Champions

YearTeamPreseason Odds
2024UConn+2000 (3)
2023UConn+8000 (28)
2022Kansas+1400 (7)
2021Baylor+800 (1)
2019Virginia+1350 (6)
2018Villanova+2700 (7)
2017North Carolina+1900 (8)
2016Villanova+2500 (10)
2015Duke+900 (4)
2014UConn+6500 (14)

With their 2024 March Madness win, UConn is the only three-time champion in the last ten years. Coincidentally, the Huskies have the longest odds to win a championship on this list. In 2014, they had the 14th-longest odds at +6500 and in 2023 they had the 28th-longest odds at +8000. As you know, they won both times, so disrespect UConn at your peril.

NCAA Basketball Teams with the Most Titles

School# Championships WonYears
UCLA111964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1995
Kentucky81948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012
UConn61999, 2004, 2011, 2014, 2023, 2024
North Carolina61957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009, 2017
Duke51991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015
Indiana51940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987
Kansas41952, 1988, 2008, 2022
Villanova31985, 2016, 2018

Holding the league record for March Madness titles and longest win streak (seven years), the UCLA Bruins are the clearcut college ball champion. I mean, the John R. Wooden Award for Player of the Year is named after their head coach during that insane streak – what more of a legacy could you ask for?

Trailing UCLA are the Kentucky Wildcats and UNC’s Tar Heels with an impressive eight and six titles respectively – this year, UCLA is further down the odds list than either of these teams. It’ll be a few years before they can be dethroned, but there are undoubtedly expectations for UCLA to keep producing and earn their first title since 1995.

March Madness Betting Trends

Finding trends and patterns in bets is our specialty -- if you want to be a great handicapper, it should be yours too! We've come to know the NCAA's National Championship as a chaotic and exciting event where anyone can walk away with a title, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few trends to keep your eye on. Before placing a March Madness futures wager, check out these betting trends:

  • Conference-wise, the Big East has been on a bit of a tear, claiming 4/10 of the last NCAA titles -- the ACC isn't far behind at three in the last ten, and a Big 12 team has won in the previous two-straight years.
  • In the last three years, 12th seeds have had the 5th seeds' number in the first round -- they're 6-6 on the moneyline and 8-4 against the spread.
  • Underdogs perform well in the first round, plain and simple. They're 122-97-2 ATS since 2015, and almost half of those teams finished those games with a straight-up win.
  • Fading the public holds true in March Madness -- since 2016, teams that held 60% of spread bets have ended up going a cumulative 56-80-5 ATS.

How to Bet on March Madness

Betting on March Madness has become increasingly popular for even the most casual of college ball fans. The most common option for the tournament is selecting the overall winner by making a March Madness futures bet – nice and simple, all you have to do is pick the correct 1/68. Easy, right? There are other options for futures too, like selecting the Final Four or individual conference winners.

Of course, when the actual tournament is going on, it’ll be a free-for-all just like the regular season. Each game will have its moneylines, spreads, totals and props – if you need a refresher on how to bet on college basketball, take a look at our guide and review a few key handicapping tools like NCAAB computer picks and public consensus data.

Where to bet on the March Madness

March Madness and betting are synonymous with each other – even your coworkers and elderly neighbors have some sort of pool going to predict the winner. Because of that popularity, you’ll find March Madness odds and matchups available at any major sportsbook under the NCAAB section.

If you need any advice on what to look for in a college basketball betting site, check out our sportsbook reviews for sites that offer NCAAB action!

Understanding The Odds To Win The NCAA Championship

If you’re interested in March Madness futures, you’re likely looking to bet on the outright winner of the tournament. Like the odds table at the top of the page, odds will usually look like this:

  • Gonzaga +200
  • Baylor +750
  • Kansas +1000
  • UCLA +2500

These odds tell you the likelihood and corresponding payout of one of these teams winning a national championship. Unlike a moneyline bet, where there is a clear favorite represented by a minus sign (-), the team with the lowest odds would be the favorite. In our example, it’s Gonzaga, and the rest are underdogs even though each team has a plus sign (+) prefacing its odds.

If you were to bet $100 on the Gonzaga Bulldogs and they won, your sportsbook would reward you with $200 in profit for a $300 total win. Betting on a long-shot winner like UCLA at +2500 would earn you $2500 on that same bet – the profits are much higher the further you go down the table, but so is the risk.

To see how much you’d win on the futures odds, check out our Odds Calculator. It’ll show you what your payout would be based on the odds and amount wagered. Don’t forget you can also make selections on which teams will make the Final Four, who will win each conference, and which player will take home the John R. Wooden Award for Player of the Year in the regular season.

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