The men’s college basketball season ended last night with Baylor taking down Gonzaga in blowout fashion, but the oddsmakers in Vegas are already looking ahead to the 2022 NCAA Tournament and have placed their way-too-early betting odds.
According to SportsBetting.ag, the Michigan Wolverines have 14-1 odds to take home a championship next season, which is tied with Florida State, Ohio State and Villanova. At the top with 9-1 odds is Gonzaga. Tied for second are UCLA and Baylor with 12-1 odds.
Here is where the other Big Ten teams are placed:
- Purdue: 16-1
- Illinois, Michigan State and Maryland: 22-1
- Wisconsin: 33-1
- Iowa: 40-1
- Indiana: 50-1
- Rutgers: 66-1
- Minnesota, Nebraska and Penn State: 200-1
Before these betting odds were released, the Wolverines were already expected to be among the top teams in college basketball next season, in large part thanks to the No. 1 overall freshman class that is coming in, highlighted by five-stars Moussa Diabate and Caleb Houston. Returning players like Hunter Dickinson and Brandon Johns Jr. will also play a large role on the team next season. Guys like Zeb Jackson and Terrance Williams will also be tasked with taking that next step forward.
These betting odds will likely change as things are sorted out on every team’s roster. For Michigan, Isaiah Livers and Franz Wagner are the most likely guys to be moving on, but what about Eli Brooks, Chaundee Brown, Mike Smith and Austin Davis? Those four players contributed heavily this past season, and these guys do have a big decision to make. They could come back to Ann Arbor for one final season, but could also test the waters of the pro game and leave college altogether.
Whatever those guys end up doing, the odds will probably change once those decisions are set in stone. But regardless of what those players end up doing, Vegas likes where the Michigan basketball program is headed in the immediate future.