College Basketball National Championship Favorites Entering the Tournament

Below is a table of the favorites to win the National Championship heading into the Tournament and how they have performed. Also listed are the pre-Tournament odds of the eventual National Champion.

Year Nat'l Champ
Favorite
Team
Nat'l Champ
Favorite
Seed
Nat'l Champ
Favorite
Odds
Nat'l Champ
Favorite
Result
Nat'l Champ
Winner
Nat'l Champ
Winner
Seed
Nat'l Champ
Winner
Odds
Nat'l Champ
Winner
Odds Rank
2022 Gonzaga 1 +300 Lost S16 Kansas 1 +900 4th
2021 Gonzaga 1 +200 Lost NC Baylor 1 +500 2nd
2020 Tournament Canceled
2019 Duke 1 +255 Lost E8 Virginia 1 +675 3rd
2018 Villanova 1 +570 Won NC Villanova 1 +570 1st
2017 North Carolina 1 +535 Won NC North Carolina 1 +535 1st
2016 Kansas 1 +485 Lost E8 Villanova 2 +1500 6th
2015 Kentucky 1 +110 Lost SF Duke 1 +1000 5th
2014 Florida
Michigan St
Louisville
1
4
4
+550 Lost SF
Lost E8
Lost S16
Connecticut 7 +9500 22nd
2013 Louisville 1 +450 Won NC Louisville 1 +450 1st
2012 Kentucky 1 +185 Won NC Kentucky 1 +185 1st
2011 Kansas
Duke
1
1
+400 Lost E8
Lost S16
Connecticut 3 +2500 14th
2010 Kansas 1 +175 Lost R2 Duke 1 +650 3rd
2009 North Carolina 1 +400 Won NC North Carolina 1 +400 1st
2008 UCLA 1 +350 Lost SF Kansas 1 +700 3rd
2007 Florida 1 +400 Won NC Florida 1 +400 1st
2006 Duke 1 +400 Lost S16 Florida 3 +2000 11th
2005 North Carolina 1 +350 Won NC North Carolina 1 +350 1st
2004 Kentucky 1 +350 Lost R2 Connecticut 2 +450 4th
2003 Kentucky 1 +250 Lost E8 Syracuse 3 +1800 10th
2002 Duke 1 +250 Lost S16 Maryland 1 +350 3rd
2001 Duke 1 +250 Won NC Duke 1 +250 1st
2000 Michigan State 1 +400 Won NC Michigan State 1 +400 1st
1999 Duke 1 +160 Lost NC Connecticut 1 +400 2nd
1998 North Carolina 1 +500 Lost SF Kentucky 2 +1000 5th
1997 Kentucky
Kansas
1
1
+400 Lost NC
Lost S16
Arizona 4 +1800 7th
1996 Kentucky 1 +140 Won NC Kentucky 1 +140 1st
1995 UCLA 1 +400 Won NC UCLA 1 +500 1st
1994 North Carolina 1 +600 Lost R2 Arkansas 1 +700 2nd
1993 North Carolina 1 +450 Won NC North Carolina 1 +450 1st
1992 Duke 1 +300 Won NC Duke 1 +300 1st
1991 UNLV 1 -167 Lost SF Duke 2 +1200 3rd
1990 Oklahoma 1 +250 Lost R2 UNLV 1 +500 2nd
1989 Georgetown
Arizona
1
1
+300 Lost E8
Lost S16
Michigan 3 +1200 8th
1988 Temple
Purdue
1 +400 Lost E8
Lost S16
Kansas 6 +2000 19th
1987 UNLV
North Carolina
1
1
+300 Lost SF
Lost E8
Indiana 1 +500 3rd
1986 Duke
Kansas
1
1
+400 Lost NC
Lost SF
Louisville 2 +600 3rd
1985 Georgetown 1 +200 Lost NC Villanova 8 +3500 20th
1984 Georgetown
North Carolina
1
1
+400 Won NC
Lost R2
Georgetown 1 +400 1st
1983 Houston 1 +350 Lost NC NC State 6 +2500 16th
1982 North Carolina 1 +220 Won NC North Carolina 1 +220 1st
1981 DePaul 1 +500 Lost R2 Indiana 3 +1000 6th
1980 Kentucky 1 +400 Lost S16 Louisville 2 +800 4th
1979 North Carolina 1 +450 Lost R2 Michigan State 2 +550 3rd
1978 Kentucky 2Q +500 Won NC Kentucky 2Q +500 1st