College Basketball National Championship Favorites Entering the Final Four

Below is a table of the favorites to win the National Championship heading into the Final Four and how they have performed. Also listed are the pre-Final Four 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
2021 Gonzaga 1 -225 Lost NC Baylor #1 +375 2nd
2020 Tournament Cancelled
2019 Virginia 1 +158 Won NC Virginia 1 +158 1st
2018 Villanova 1 -105 Won NC Villanova 1 -105 1st
2017 North Carolina 1 +141 Won NC North Carolina 1 +141 1st
2016 North Carolina 1 -104 Lost NC Villanova 2 +253 2nd
2015 Kentucky 1 -140 Lost SF Duke 1 +300 2nd
2014 Florida 1 -120 Lost SF Connecticut 7 +800 4th
2013 Louisville 1 -111 Won NC Louisville 1 -111 1st
2012 Kentucky 1 -135 Won NC Kentucky 1 -135 1st
2011 Kentucky 4 +150 Lost SF Connecticut 3 +225 2nd
2010 Duke 1 +120 Won NC Duke 1 +120 1st
2009 North Carolina 1 +120 Won NC North Carolina 1 +120 1st
2008 North Carolina 1 +150 Lost SF Kansas 1 +200 2nd
2007 Florida 1 +200 Won NC Florida 1 +200 1st
2006 Florida 3 +150 Won NC Florida 3 +150 1st
2005 North Carolina 1 +140 Won NC North Carolina 1 +140 1st
2004 Connecticut 2 +140 Won NC Connecticut 2 +140 1st
2003 Texas 1 +200 Lost SF Syracuse 3 +350 4th
2002 Kansas 1 +140 Lost SF Maryland 1 +180 2nd
2001 Duke 1 +100 Won NC Duke 1 +100 1st
2000 Michigan State 1 -200 Won NC Michigan State 1 -200 1st
1999 Duke 1 -300 Lost NC Connecticut 1 +350 2nd
1998 North Carolina 1 +100 Lost SF Kentucky 2 +140 2nd
1997 Kentucky 1 +100 Lost NC Arizona 4 +800 4th
1996 Kentucky 1 -300 Won NC Kentucky 1 -300 1st
1995 UCLA 1 +140 Won NC UCLA 1 +140 1st
1994 Arkansas 1 +150 Won NC Arkansas 1 +150 1st
1993 Kentucky 1 -125 Lost SF North Carolina 1 +250 2nd
1992 Duke 1 -200 Won NC Duke 1 -200 1st
1991 UNLV 1 -200 Lost SF Duke 2 +600 3rd
1990 UNLV 1 +140 Won NC UNLV 1 +140 1st
1989 Duke 2 +160 Lost SF Michigan 3 +200 T-2nd
1988 Arizona 1 +140 Lost SF Kansas 6 +400 4th
1987 UNLV 1 +120 Lost SF Indiana 1 +250 3rd
1986 Louisville 2 +160 Won NC Louisville 2 +160 1st
1985 Georgetown 1 -200 Lost NC Villanova 8 +350 T-2nd
1984 Georgetown 1 +160 Won NC Georgetown 1 +160 1st