The NCAA Tournament was just days away from tipoff when the coronavirus pandemic led to its cancellation and robbed contenders of their "one shining moment" in early April. Anticipation was high since the widespread parity in college basketball had many observers believing that a longshot would end up cutting down the nets. Now, the focus is on 2020-21 college basketball odds on who wins next year's Big Dance.
While the outcome of the 2020 NCAA Tournament will now be left to speculation and simulations, the 2021 college basketball championship should be decided on the court. Sportsbooks like William Hill already are offering college basketball odds to win next year's title, and now is a prime opportunity to seek out value. Before making any 2021 college basketball futures bets, make sure you hear what SportsLine expert Zack CImini has to say.
Cimini is a highly-respected Las Vegas-based handicapper who's never afraid to buck conventional wisdom. He uses a new-age approach to excel in multiple sports and has been one of SportsLine's most successful analysts on an annual basis.
The proficient handicapper was having another standout season for SportsLine members when play was halted. His 76-60-5 record on against-the-spread college basketball picks netted his followers a profit of nearly $1,000. He finished the season on a 9-3 run with his selections. During his time at SportsLine, his 249-202-11 record on college basketball picks has returned $100 bettors a profit of $2,773.
Now, Cimini has scoured the wagering menu and identified his top plays in the 2020-21 college basketball futures. Those selections include his pick to win, teams to avoid and long shots with high value. All of those selections are only available at SportsLine.
Team to avoid in the 2021 NCAA Championship odds
One surprise: Cimini is fading Kansas (10-1), the top-ranked team in the country and a 6-1 favorite to cut down the nets before the 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled. The Jayhawks (26-3) stormed to another Big 12 title with a 17-1 mark and headed into the conference tournament on a 16-game win streak. Their only losses came to Duke, Villanova and Baylor.
Kansas was widely perceived to have the most talented starting five in the country and ample depth on its bench. The Jayhawks were efficient on offense and also locked down defensively, allowing just 60.7 points per game.
But the cyclical nature of college sports always leads to high roster turnover, and Cimini believes at least two key departures will cause coach Bill Self's club to see a noticeable drop-off in performance. Center Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson, both second team All-Americans, will not return for the Jayhawks next year.
Azubuike was just named one of five finalists for the 2020 John R. Wooden Award, given to the top player in the country. Dotson made the 10-player Wooden All-American team. Azubuike, a rugged seven-footer known for his rim protecting and rebounding, is out of eligibility and will wait for an NBA team to call his name at the draft. He averaged 13.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. The playmaking Dotson went for 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.1 steals per contest. The 6-foot-2 sophomore tested the NBA waters after his freshman campaign before returning to Kansas. He is expected to be a high pick in this year's draft.
How to make 2021 NCAA Tournament title picks
Cimini's other 2021 college basketball championship picks include a Big Ten program he believes has all the necessary components for a deep postseason run. Anyone who backs this mammoth long shot could hit it big.
So what 2021 college basketball future wagers can you make with confidence? And which teams provide the best value? Visit SportsLine now to see the top 2021 college basketball futures bets, all from an elite handicapper who has returned his followers a profit of nearly $3,000 with his college basketball picks.