Gonzaga Bulldogs players pose with the winners trophy following the game against the Michigan State Spartans at USS Abraham Lincoln
Gonzaga Bulldogs players pose with the winners trophy following the game against the Michigan State Spartans at USS Abraham Lincoln

College Basketball Futures: National Championship, Wooden Award Odds and Predictions

College basketball season has arrived, and the first marquee matchups of the season are right around the corner. Before things really heat up, let’s take a look at the odds for the 2022-23 national champion as well as this season’s Wooden Award.

Below you’ll find the odds listed for each as well as a set of predictions for final four teams, a national champion and the Wooden Award winner.

National Championship Odds

Houston +800

Gonzaga +1000

North Carolina +1000

Kentucky +1200

Arkansas +1500

Baylor +1500

Duke +1500

UCLA +1500

Kansas +1500

Arizona +2000

Creighton +2000

Indiana +2500

Tennessee +2500

Michigan +3000

Texas +3000

Texas Tech +3000

Alabama +4000

Illinois +4000

Auburn +5000

Oregon +5000

San Diego State +5000

Villanova +5000

Purdue +6000

TCU +6000

Virginia +6000

Wooden Award Odds

Drew Timme (Gonzaga) +600

Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky) +700

Armando Bacot (UNC) +800

Caleb Love (UNC) +1000

Marcus Sasser (Houston) +1000

Jaime Jacquez Jr. (UCLA) +1200

Jalen Wilson (Kansas) +1500

Julian Strawther (Gonzaga) +1500

Nick Smith (Arkansas) +1800

Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana) +1800

Hunter Dickinson (Michigan) +2000

Terrance Shannon (Illinois) +2400

Tyger Campbell (UCLA) +2400

Azuilas Tubelis (Arizona) +3000

Baylor Scheierman (Creighton) +3000

Zach Edey (Purdue) +3000

Kevin McCullar (Kansas) +3500

Kendric Davis (Memphis) +4000

Posh Alexander (St. John’s) +4000

Emoni Bates (Eastern Michigan) +4500

Mike Miles (TCU) +4500

Anton Watson (Gonzaga) +5000

G.G. Jackson (South Carolina) +5000

Matt Bradley (San Diego St.) +5000

Santiago Vescovi (Tennessee) +5000

Timmy Allen (Texas) +5000

Tyrese Hunter (Texas) +5000

Final Four Prediction

Kentucky, Houston, UCLA and Texas

National Champion

Kentucky +1200

Wooden Award Winner

Zach Edey, C, Purdue (+3000)

Since 2010, only three players have won the Wooden Award at mid-major programs:

2011 – Jimmer Fredette, BYU

2014 – Doug McDermott, Creighton

2020 – Obi Toppin, Dayton

Of those three, Fredette is the best comparison for Drew Timme in regard to conference respect as the Atlantic 10 and Big East have far more national acclaim than the WCC. Timme would have to be statistically dominant compared to every other big man in order to be chosen. There are simply too many other talented bigs around the country for his +600 odds to have value.

Speaking of other talented bigs, Edey provides incredible value at 30/1. Last year Tshiebwe won the award averaging 17.4 points, 15.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.8 steals. Purdue’s 7-foot-4 monster posted 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks as a sophomore last season. In the wake of Jaden Ivey’s departure to the NBA, I think Edey will be more of a focal point offensively for the Boilermakers with a chance to get into the ballpark of Tshiebwe’s numbers that won him the award. He just put up 30 points and 11 boards on Friday against Austin Peay.

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