The 2023 NCAA Tournament may still be a few years away, but it’s never too early to start talking about the potential favorites and underdogs. While there are still plenty of unknown variables that could affect the tournament, including the players that will make up each team’s roster and the overall quality of the competition, early odds can give us a glimpse into which teams are expected to have a good chance of making it to the Final Four and potentially winning it all.
According to early odds released by several sportsbooks, the Houston Cougars are currently the betting favorites to make a deep run in the 2023 NCAA Tournament. This comes as no surprise given the team’s success in recent years, including reaching the Final Four in 2021 and making several other deep runs in the tournament.
Houston’s odds to win the championship currently sit at around +800, meaning a bettor would need to wager $100 to win $800 if the Cougars come out on top. While these odds could certainly change closer to the tournament, Houston’s status as the early favorite reflects their consistent success and the talent they have on their roster.
Other teams with strong odds to win the championship include traditional powerhouses like Duke (+1000) and Kentucky (+1200), as well as newer contenders like Gonzaga (+1000), who have made it to the National Championship game twice in recent years. Michigan (+1600), Kansas (+1800), and UCLA (+2000) are also among the teams with decent odds to make a deep run in the tournament.
Of course, these early odds are far from perfect predictors of what will happen in the tournament. Many factors will influence the outcomes of individual games, including injuries, unexpected performances from underdogs, and the matchups of each round.
However, early odds can give us some indication of which teams are expected to be the strongest contenders come tournament time. As the months and years leading up to the 2023 NCAA Tournament unfold, it will be interesting to see how the odds change and which teams emerge as surprise contenders.
Ultimately, it will be up to the players and coaches of each team to bring their best to the court and make a run at the championship. Whether the Houston Cougars end up cutting down the nets at the end of the Big Dance remains to be seen, but their status as the current favorite certainly makes for an intriguing storyline to watch.