The 2021-22 college basketball season is set to kick off soon, adding another popular betting market to the growing US sports betting industry. When it comes to college basketball betting in the New York area, Villanova appears to be the safest bet.
Villanova is the clear betting favorite to win the Big East Conference this season, with odds set as low as -115. The next closest team on the list is the UConn Huskies, and they have odds set at +400.
Seton Hall is considered a threat to challenge Villanova this season as they currently have odds set at +900. The St. John’s Red Storm are in the middle of the pack at +2000, but they have proven to go on some improbable runs at times.
While winning the Big East Conference is always the first step for a team like Villanova, the ultimate goal is winning the national championship. The Wildcats have had plenty of success on the national level over the past decade, and they currently have odds set at +1400 to cut down the nets in New Orleans this season.
Gonzaga Favored Again
The Gonzaga Bulldogs were blown out in the 2021 title game, but they are still the preseason betting favorites again this season. Gonzaga is being offered at +650, and it speaks to the work that head coach Mark Few has done with that program.
There is a loaded group of great teams right behind the Bulldogs, though, including Michigan and Texas, both at +1200. Kansas and Purdue are two other teams that are ahead of Villanova on that list, with odds set at +1300.
Syracuse A Factor in ACC?
Syracuse made a stunning and thrilling run during the 2021 NCAA Tournament, but there has been plenty of roster turnover since that time. The Orange will have their work cut out for them in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), even though they seem to play better in March.
The Orange are way down on the list of betting favorites to win the ACC this season as the conference is once again loaded with great times. Syracuse currently has odds set at +2000 to win the league, which would result in a big payout for a successful wager.
The Duke Blue Devils are the clear betting favorites to win the ACC this season at +230, followed by Florida State at +400.
Champions Classic Coming to MSG
The Champions Classic is always one of the biggest events in college basketball as it features four of the top programs in the country. This year the event will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and it should be a packed house for the two games.
Kansas will take on Michigan State in one of the games, while the other game will feature Duke against Kentucky. There is always a chance that the eventual national champion will be on the court during one of the two games at MSG.