National analyst provides reasoning to bet on KU winning a national title this year


Kansas forward David McCormack (33) follows up a missed shot with a dunk during the first half on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) follows up a missed shot with a dunk during the first half on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

The Kansas men’s basketball team was the favorite to cut down the nets before the NCAA tournament was canceled due to the threat of COVID-19. With the 2020-21 season a week away from getting underway, it is safe to say that KU is not the favorite to win a national title this time around.

But don’t count out the Jayhawks just yet.

Jeff Goodman, a basketball analyst at Stadium, provided his reasoning to back Kansas to win it all during the first episode of the Field of 68 Best Bets podcast on Wednesday. It is a podcast hosted by college basketball reporter Rob Dauster, with a focus on gambling.

And, if you are a degenerate like me, feel free to subscribe to that show.

On Wednesday’s show, Dauster and Goodman discussed college basketball futures and provided their own thoughts on who were the best and worst values entering the year.

As expected, it led to a conversation about the blue-blood basketball programs around the seven-minute mark of a 22-minute podcast.

None by The Field of 68

They didn’t specify which sportsbook they were using, but Dauster mentioned that Kentucky and Kansas both had 11/1 odds to win the national championship. Duke, meanwhile, was listed at 13/1 on the podcast. Goodman admitted that he preferred KU of those options.

“This is an easy pick for me out of those three,” Goodman said. “So easy, and it’s all about experience. It’s Kansas.”

Goodman mentioned that Kentucky has just one returner from last year’s team, which would seem important because of the pandemic-adjusted offseason. It is also significant because No. 6 Kansas will square off with No. 9 Kentucky on Dec. 1 in Indianapolis in the 2020 Champions Classic.

Duke is also a young team, per Goodman. And that is ultimately why he has more faith in Bill Self’s squad in Lawrence.

“They are older,” Goodman said. “Marcus Garrett is a veteran. (Ochai) Agbaji has been there for awhile. I think David McCormack is going to have a monster year.”

Devon Dotson and Udoka Azubuike, who expect to hear their name called in the NBA Draft on Wednesday, are gone and it certainly won’t be easy to replace either player. Goodman is right, though, there is a lot to still like about this year’s squad.

Is that enough to bet on the Jayhawks to cut down the nets? Well, that’s up to you and your bank account.

Regardless, Kansas will get to see how it stacks up with this year’s preseason favorite right away. KU will open the 2020-21 season on Nov. 26 against top-ranked Gonzaga in Fort Myers, Fla.

According to FanDuel’s Sportsbook, Gonzaga is a co-favorite along with Villanova at +950 to win the 2021 national championship.

Odds to win national title in 2021 — via FanDuel’s Sportsbook

Gonzaga +950

Villanova +950

Iowa +1000

Baylor +1100

Virginia +1100

Kentucky +1200

Illinois +1500

Duke +1600

Kansas +1800

Michigan State +1800

Wisconsin +1800

Arizona State +2300

Creighton +2300

West Virginia +2300

Florida State +2500

Houston +2500


Brett McCabe 4 months, 3 weeks ago

It’s the pay scale, right?

Nothing good will come to KU until we rid our university of this scourge, starting with Major Milktoast and continuing through Dollar Bill.

We are hindered by a Brownback appointed regents, but we could all simply rise up and say we don’t want a dirty basketball program or a bowl of oatmeal for a chancellor.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 3 weeks ago

There is indeed a scourge that needs to be removed from the KU community. It’s like a wart. Or maybe a zit that needs to be popped.

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