College Basketball Title Futures: Shifts During Tournament, Trends

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For William Hill bettors whose 2021 college basketball championship future wager has advanced to the Sweet 16, just four wins separate them from a payout worthy of having to sweat out March Madness.

Before diving into the latest betting trends of who William Hill bettors are backing to win it all, here are William Hill Nevada’s current title odds.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to see Gonzaga at the top of the board, where the Bulldogs have remained all throughout the season. Gonzaga is the +130 favorite, followed by Baylor at +400 and Michigan at +550. Gonzaga was listed at +210 before the NCAA tournament tipped off, whereas Baylor was +500 and Michigan was +600.

After the No. 1 seeds, Houston is next at +900. The Cougars are the lowest seed left in the Midwest Region after Illinois was eliminated in the Round of 32. Fellow No. 2 seed Alabama is nearby at 12/1, with Loyola Chicago (14/1) and Arkansas (16/1) also in range.

Of the teams currently with odds lower than 20/1, Loyola Chicago has seen the biggest shift from the beginning of the tournament. The Ramblers sat at 75/1 on March 18, which was tied for the 18th-lowest odds with North Carolina, San Diego State and Purdue.

After that it’s a mixture of ACC, Big East and Pac-12 teams: Florida State (20/1), USC (30/1), Oregon (33/1), Villanova (40/1), Syracuse (50/1), Creighton (55/1), UCLA (55/1) and Oregon State (60/1).

Six of those aforementioned squads had odds of 100/1 or higher right before the tournament: Villanova (100/1), Creighton (100/1), Oregon (100/1), Syracuse (250/1), UCLA (300/1) and Oregon State (750/1).

The longest odds, however, belong to No. 15 seed Oral Roberts, as the Golden Eagles are priced at 150/1. Oral Roberts resided at 3000/1 before its Round of 64 matchup with Ohio State. After the massive upset, the Golden Eagles dropped all the way down to 200/1.

Interestingly, one long shot stands alone as the biggest liability for William Hill as of now.

“The one team we get throttled with is the mighty Beavers of Oregon State,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “We lose close to seven figures with Oregon State. We had them at 2000/1, 1000/1, 750/1, 350/1 and now they’re down to 60/1.”

The most popular wager among William Hill bettors, though, is the favorite. Gonzaga is tops in both total number of tickets (22%) and total dollars wagered (42%) among all remaining championship futures bets at William Hill.

Two other teams have reached the double-digit mark in both categories as well: Baylor (12% total number of tickets, 15% total dollars wagered) and Michigan (11% total number of tickets, 16% total dollars wagered).

Below the three No. 1 seeds in total dollars wagered are Villanova and Florida State, who have each collected 5% in that department. For total number of tickets, Alabama ranks fourth at 9%. Then Villanova, Houston and Florida State are all at 7%, with Arkansas (5%) being the only other team to bring in at least 5% of the total number of tickets.

Check out William Hill’s latest odds and trends for 2021 college basketball championship futures below.

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