And then there were four.
There are just four teams remaining in the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and a champion will be crowned on Monday. Futures odds have been changing since the bracket was revealed, and it’s time to take one final look at those odds before the Final Four games tipoff.
There are also futures odds available for which player will be named the Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four, and of course, betting odds for each game. These odds come from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Odds to Win NCAA Championship
- Gonzaga -200
- Baylor +275
- Houston +750
- UCLA +3000
Gonzaga has been the clear betting favorite since the tournament began, and those odds continue to get shortened. Just two wins away from a title, the Bulldogs are the clear favorite, even with some terrific teams left standing.
Baylor checks in at +275, and those odds haven’t moved much since the tournament began. The Bears have spent a majority of the season as the No. 2-ranked team in the country.
Houston is given a decent chance at +750, while UCLA is a massive longshot at +3000. Sportsbooks view this as a two-team race to win the title.
Most Outstanding Player
- Drew Timme +150
- Jalen Suggs +400
- Corey Kispert +500
- Jared Butler +700
- Davion Mitchell +700
- MaCio Teague +700
- Quentin Grimes +1200
- Johnny Juzang +1800
- Everyone Else +2500 or Higher
The odds for the Most Outstanding Player Award a bit more interesting, but there are still three Gonzaga players with the best odds. If Gonzaga does go on to win the national championship, one of these three players will likely win the award.
Each of the guard trio from Baylor is all listed at +700 to win the MOP, and all three players will need to be great if the Bears are going to knock off Gonzaga.
Quentin Grimes (Houston) and Johnny Juzang (UCLA) are the two most important players for their respective teams and could win this award if their team is able to cut down the nets on Monday night.
Baylor Bears (-5.0) vs. Houston Cougars
The first game of Saturday night features the Baylor Bears taking on the Houston Cougars. Baylor was the top seed in the South Region, and Houston was the second seed in the Midwest Region. Both teams really defend well, so this could be a low-scoring game in the first semifinal.
DraftKings currently has the Bears as a five-point favorite over the Cougars. Most experts believe it would be a massive upset if Houston won, but it is only getting five points.
Gonzaga Bulldogs (-14.5) vs. UCLA Bruins
In the second game of the night, Gonzaga is a massive 14.5-point favorite over UCLA. The Bruins had to win five games as a No. 11 seed, and they survived a First Four game against Michigan State just to get into the first round.
Gonzaga has won every game in this tournament by at least 16 points, and it has done so with relative ease. Winning a Final Four game by 15 points is not something that happens often, but that’s how the odds currently shake out.