College Basketball Futures to Bet Ahead of the 2021-2022 Season

Dec 25, 2020; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA;  Michigan Wolverines center Hunter Dickinson (1) runs the
Dec 25, 2020; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Michigan Wolverines center Hunter Dickinson (1) runs the / Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

College basketball is upon us, and we are always keeping an eye on March and how the NCAA Tournament will shake out.

Here are three teams to bet ahead of the season to win the 'Big Dance' broken up by one of the preseason top teams and a pair of dark horses.

Odds courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook

Michigan (+1200)

The Wolverines were one of the most well rounded groups in the country and I expect them to be right in the mix once again for a No. 1 seed in 2021-2022 behind big man Hunter Dickinson.

Dickinson hit the ground running as a freshman on both sides of the floor, showing off a deft touch and solid rim protection. While Juwan Howard lost some veteran wings in Franz Wagner, Isaiah Livers, and Chaundee Brown, the team has lead guard Eli Brooks back and the second best recruiting class in the country.

The most underrated move was bringing in DeVante' Jones from Coastal Carolina. Last season, he led the Sun Belt in steals and was second in scoring. At 6'1", he'll be asked to be the primary ball handler and generate offense from the perimeter for the Wolverines.

If all comes together for Howard and his team, the Wolverines will be battle tested heading into March and ready for a deep run. They are worthy of the hype.

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Oregon (+4000)

Dana Altman retooled around ball handler Will Richardson, who missed time last year due to a thumb injury. After a slow start to the year and a COVID-19 stretch that saw the team hardly play for a month, the Ducks made a run to the Sweet 16 as a No. 7 seed.

Richardson is joined in the backcourt by transfers Davion Harmon (Oklahoma) and Jacob Young (Rutgers), while the frontcourt has a ton of size that should thrive in the Ducks matchup zone like Eric Williams and Franck Kepnang. Keep an eye on Syracuse transfer Quincy Guerrier, who did a little bit of everything for the Orange and should fit in easily within Altman's scheme.

I see value in this number because of the perception around UCLA this season. The Bruins are No. 2 in the preseason polls, but I believe the Ducks are live to win the PAC-12 and grab a top two seed. Altman is a fantastic coach in March, taking the school to all but one tournament since 2012, and winning a game in each. This could be Oregon's year.

Tennessee (+6000)

After entering last season with a ton of hype, the Vols are right in the middle at No. 15. The team lost two first round picks to the NBA Draft and key cog Yves Pons, but reloaded with top recruit Kennedy Chandler to run the offense. As well, the team brought in former Auburn guard Justin Powell through the transfer portal, who will give the backcourt some SEC experience alongside reserve Santiago Vescovi.

John Fulkerson is back in the front court, joined by versatile forward Josiah-Jordan James, and the team has a high upside freshman in Jonas Aidoo.

Last season the Vols' had a maddening offense that struggled to score for long periods of time, but I'm buying the upside of Chandler opening up that side of the floor while UT can still be an above average defense.

For a preseason top 15 team, it feels that these odds are lagging on Tennessee. I'm not sure there is any place but up for this team in the Futures market despite playing in the difficult SEC.