UConn, Duke Picked As Early Betting Favorites for 2025 NCAA Men's Basketball Title

General view as the Connecticut Huskies celebrate defeating the Purdue Boilermakers in the national championship game.
General view as the Connecticut Huskies celebrate defeating the Purdue Boilermakers in the national championship game. / Patrick Breen/The Republic / USA TODAY

UConn won its second consecutive NCAA men's basketball title on Monday night, and some sportsbooks already have the Huskies favored to three-peat for next year's title.

So far, ESPN (+900) and Caesars Sportsbook (10–1) have UConn as the 2025 betting favorites. If the Huskies three-peat, it would be the first time UCLA won seven titles in a row from 1967–73.

Other sportsbooks, like DraftKings (10–1) and FanDuel (11–1), have Duke as the 2025 betting favorites instead.

The Blue Devils lost to NC State in the Elite Eight this season after completing a 27–9 season. Duke hasn't won an NCAA men's title since 2015 under former Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski. It would be coach Jon Scheyer's first title as a coach if the Blue Devils win next year.

BetMGM threw another "Blue Blood" school in the mix by having Kansas and Duke tied for the best 2025 odds at 11–1. UConn then ranks next on their list. The Jayhawks lost by 21 points to Gonzaga in the second round of this year's tournament.


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