It should come as no surprise, but the return of Trayce Jackson-Davis has given a major boost to Indiana’s odds to hang a sixth banner.
In fact, a winning bet on IU winning a title in Houston next April only pays half as much as it before the All-Big Ten forward said he would play his senior year in Bloomington.
But the odds are still fairly long. The Hoosiers have gone from 66-1 to win the 2023 NCAA Championship to 33-1 since Jackson-Davis announced his return last month.
According to odds published by BetOnline.ag, only 11 teams have better national title chances than Indiana at this point in time. The Hoosiers will be tested against at least two and maybe more of the teams ahead of them. They will face Kansas and Arizona in December, and could also see North Carolina as part of the Big Ten / ACC Challenge.
Here are those 11 teams ahead of Indiana and their odds as of June 13:
- Gonzaga – 8/1
- Houston – 10/1
- Kentucky – 12/1
- North Carolina – 12/1
- Duke – 14/1
- Kansas – 14/1
- UCLA – 14/1
- Arkansas – 16/1
- Baylor – 16/1
- Creighton – 20/1
- Arizona – 22/1
Consistent with popular opinion, oddsmakers also like IU as a favorite in the Big Ten now that the dust has settled and rosters are for the most part set.
Indiana is tied with Michigan as the top team from the Big Ten when it comes to national title odds. Here is how the complete conference shakes out in the eyes of BetOnline.ag.
- Indiana – 33/1
- Michigan – 33/1
- Illinois – 50/1
- Purdue – 66/1
- Michigan State – 80/1
- Wisconsin – 100/1
- Ohio State – 100/1
- Iowa – 100/1
- Maryland 150/1
- Rutgers 150/1
- Penn State 300/1
- Minnesota 500/1
- Nebraska 500/1
- Northwestern – no odds listed
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