Duke assistant coach Jon Scheyer yells during the first half of a college basketball game against North Carolina in the semifinal round of the Men’s Final Four NCAA tournament, Saturday, April 2, 2022, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Duke is a +900 favorite to win the 2023 NCAA Tournament championship
Gonzaga is the second choice at +1000 and Kansas is third with +1200 odds
Kansas defeated North Carolina on Monday night to win this season’s title.
While Kansas won the national championship Monday night by rallying past North Carolina 72-69 in the NCAA Tournament final in New Orleans, the Jayhawks are not favored to repeat in the 2022-23 season.
Duke has opened as a +900 favorite in the odds to win the NCAA Tournament next season. The Blue Devils were eliminated by North Carolina 81-77 on Saturday in the semifinals in what was legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final game.
Following Duke are Gonzaga (+1000) and Kansas (+1200) as the second and third choices. Kansas will try to become the first time to win back-to-back national championships since Florida in 2006 and 2007.
2023 NCAA Tournament Champion Odds
Odds as of April 4th at Barstool Sportsbook.
Duke Expected to Reload
Duke figures to have an entirely new look next season after going 32-7 in 2021-22 and winning the ACC regular season title.
Assistant coach Jon Scheyer moves up to take Krzyzewski’s spot. However, Scheyer figures to have an entirely new starting lineup with Paolo Banchero, Wendall Moore Jr., Trevor Keels, Mark Williams and AJ Griffin all expected to declare for the NBA Draft.
The Jon Scheyer era has arrived. pic.twitter.com/X8JynD0PZi
— BlueDevilStop (@BlueDevilStop) April 3, 2022
However, the Blue Devils have the No. 1-ranked recruiting class, according to 247 Sports. That group includes the No. 1 overall prospect in 7-foot-1 Dereck Lively II from Bellefonte, Pa.
Center Kyle Filipowski of Wilbraham, Mass., and wing Dariq Whitehead of Newark N.J., are also five-star recruits. All three should make an immediate impact in what will likely be their long college seasons.
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Gonzaga Still Highly Regarded
Gonzaga came up short in its bid to win its first national championship despite being the tournament’s No. 1 seed as it was bounced by Arkansas in the Sweet 16. The Zags again won the West Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles while finishing 28-4.
Gonzaga’s three leading scorers all figure to turn pro – Drew Timme, Chet Holmgren and Andrew Nembhard. However, the Bulldogs could have an experienced backcourt.
Guard Julian Strawther is expected to return after averaging 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds a game. Guard Rasir Bolton could come back for one more season after posting an 11.2 scoring average following his transfer from Iowa State.
.@JulianStrawther putting on a show. #GoZags pic.twitter.com/g9qZeiIcwm
— Keith Osso (@OssoKXLY) October 9, 2021
Coach Mark Few has some work to do on the recruiting trail, though. Forward Bradyn Huff of Glen Ellyn, Ill., is Gonzaga’s only commitment.
Kansas Should Be Strong Again
After winning it all, Kansas is expected to make another run at the national title next season. The Jayhawks went 34-6 this season and won the Big 12 regular season and tournament championships.
Kansas will likely have forward Jalen Wilson back after he led the team in rebounding with 7.4 a game this season while posting a 11.4 scoring average. Forward David McCormack could also return for his final season of eligibility after scoring 10.6 points and pulling down 7.0 boards per game.
What a save and DIME from Jalen Wilson 🤯 @kuhoops pic.twitter.com/bUb0DlTqdo
— ESPN (@espn) February 5, 2022
The Jayhawks’ top two scorers, Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun, are expected to leave for the NBA. However, coach Bill Self has four commits ranked among the top 50 high school players in the country, a group highlighted by guard Gradey Dick of Wichita, Kans.
Don’t Sleep on North Carolina
North Carolina’s odds are +1400 and that presents value considering three of the Tar Heels’ top four scorers could return from a team that finished 29-10.
There is a sense that forward Armando Bacot and the ever-improving backcourt of Caleb Love and RJ Davis could all be back in Chapel Hill next season.
ANDDDD-ONEEEE @iget_buckets35 pic.twitter.com/G3S1scfgDU
— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) April 5, 2022
Bacot is a double-double machine who averaged 16.3 points and 13.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots. Love averaged 15.9 points and 3.6 assists and Davis had averages of 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists.