College basketball fans gritted their teeth in the springtime when they were agonizingly forced to accept the reality of a March without Madness. The NCAA Tournament was cancelled for the first time since its respective inception for both men’s and women’s basketball — but out of the ashes of 2019-20 comes an exciting resurgence this fall. College hoops is officially back this week, and to mark the occasion, CanadianBettingSites is ready to roll through the best NCAA Basketball 2020-21 futures betting picks for the men’s Final Four, national championship, and top conference tournaments.
2021 College Basketball National Championship Futures Picks
From the vantage point of the preseason, four men’s programs have distinguished themselves above the rest in the race for the national championship: Baylor, Gonzaga, Virginia, and early betting favourite Villanova. Jay Wright’s Wildcats are perhaps the college game’s single best model of consistency year to year and boast truly compelling talent in the form of slick senior point guard Collin Gillespie and sophomore banger big man Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, but the better value pick is Baylor, who return nearly their entire roster from last season.
Scott Drew’s Bears will rain it down from three-point range early and often this season and will remind everyone why they were such a buzzworthy pick to win it all in 2020 before the campaign came screeching to a halt.
The Baylor Bears (15.0) are a smart futures pick to win the 2021 national title, with a $20 bet cashing out for $300 at Sports Interaction.
Looking for a less-ballyhooed pick to catch fire and shock the world? Hot-shooting Wisconsin (29.0) can make any team pay. A $20 national championship wager on Greg Gard’s Badgers pays out $580.
NCAA Basketball 2021 Final Four Futures Picks
Given their combination of experience and star power, Villanova and Baylor are likely the safest picks to make the 2021 Final Four. After that duo, two conference championship betting favourites come next: Defense-first Virginia, technically still the reigning national champ thanks to their spirited run in 2019, and high-scoring Gonzaga, as resilient as ever in their ability to reload under Mark Few.
A $20 Final Four bet on either Villanova, Baylor, or Gonzaga will pay out $50 each at top sportsbooks.
Putting down $20 on UVA (2.5) to make the Final Four cashes out for $50 at Bodog.
2021 ACC Basketball Tournament Futures Picks
Tony Bennett’s Virginia Cavaliers are rightfully the betting favourite to win the men’s ACC Tournament, but there’s something about those Blue Devils. Duke is one of the few programs that has a true chance to win on any night against any opponent no matter how many top one-and-done stars depart for NBA riches. Coach K’s 2020-21 team is perhaps as young and untested as it’s ever been, but come conference tourney time, expect freshman blue-chippers Jalen Johnson and Jeremy Roach to be household names.
Duke is the not-so-sneaky pick in the ACC. A $20 bet on the Blue Devils (3.25) to win the 2021 conference tournament pays out $65.
2021 Big Ten Conference Tournament Picks
There’s no clear-cut frontrunner in the Big Ten, with Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois all getting requisite buzz and Michigan State again expected to play the part of steady stalwart. The value pick for the conference tournament title comes down to either the Badgers or the Illini, who may as well be polar opposites on the offensive end. The smart choice? The team from Madison that famously shoots it with a hot hand — not the one down in Urbana-Champaign that’s well-known to struggle from deep.
Pick Wisconsin (4.5) to win the Big Ten Tournament, with a winning $20 ticket at MyBookie cashing out for $90.
2021 Big East Basketball Tournament Futures Picks
Villanova is setting the pace in the Big East so clearly that it would be something of a shock if they don’t pull off a conference tournament victory. That’s a lot of pressure — and the likes of Creighton and UConn have a real chance to put up spirited efforts themselves — but Jay Wright’s boys are simply in a different class despite losing stud forward Saddiq Bey to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft.
The only real choice to win the 2021 Big East tourney is Nova. A winning $20 bet on the Wildcats redeems for $39.05.
2021 SEC Basketball Tournament Picks
Another year of SEC men’s basketball means another year of trying to keep up with Kentucky. Always a recruiting monster under John Calipari, the Cats got an even bigger boost when Wake Forest transfer big man Olivier Sarr was granted a waiver to play immediately. They’re the trendiest pick to win the regular-season conference title, and for good reason, but there’s better value down the SEC docket for the conference tournament.
Are you ready to believe in the Tennessee Volunteers? Rick Barnes’ squad has the kind of depth and year-over-year roster continuity that UK cannot even come close to matching, and in Jaden Springer and Keon Johnson, they boast two big-time freshmen who are sure to turn heads from day one. These ain’t your daddy’s Vols.
Tennessee is an attractive value pick to win the SEC tournament, with a $20 ticket cashing out for $73.
2021 Pac-12 Conference Tournament Futures Picks
Bobby Hurley’s exciting Arizona State team is snatching the greater share of the headlines, but there’s no runaway favourite in the Pac-12 this season. UCLA surged in the backstretch of last season and will be a tough out thanks to versatile senior Chris Smith opting to spurn the NBA for one more year in Westwood, but don’t sleep on Oregon.
If St. John’s transfer wing LJ Figueroa is granted immediate eligibility in Eugene, Dana Altman’s Ducks will boast a truly deep roster that can share the scoring load and refrain from putting too much pressure on anyone guy to put the team on his shoulders. That’s a recipe for success in a long and uncertain campaign, especially if the Quack Attack can solidify itself defensively.
Don’t look past Oregon to win the Pac-12 Tournament. Betting $20 on the Ducks will pay out $105.