Villanova, Iowa, Baylor Listed As Early Favorites To Win 2021 NCAA Championship

Villanova is the early favorite to capture a third NCAA men’s basketball

championship in five years, according to betting site BetOnline.

The Wildcats, who won the title in 2016 and 2018 under coach Jay Wright,

are listed at 7/1 odds to win the title, followed by Iowa at 15/2 and Baylor at 8/1.

Gonzaga follows at 9/1 and Virginia at 10/1,

with Kansas and Kentucky both at 12/1 and Duke at 14/1.NCAA

Villanova lost sophomore forward Saddiq Bey to the NBA Draft,

but retained freshman forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl after he withdrew from the draft.

The Wildcats also return juniors Collin Gillespie,

Jermaine Sanders and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree from a team that finished 24-7 a year ago, 13-5 in the Big East.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 02: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats raises the trophy with his team after defeating the Michigan Wolverines during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at the Alamodome on April 2, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Villanova defeated Michigan 79-62. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX – APRIL 02: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats raises the trophy with his team after defeating the Michigan Wolverines during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship game at the Alamodome on April 2, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Villanova defeated Michigan 79-62. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Villanova is the early favorite to capture a third NCAA men’s basketball

championship in five years, according to betting site BetOnline.

The Wildcats, who won the title in 2016 and 2018 under coach Jay Wright,

are listed at 7/1 odds to win the title, followed by Iowa at 15/2 and Baylor at 8/1.

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Gonzaga follows at 9/1 and Virginia at 10/1, with Kansas and Kentucky both at 12/1 and Duke at 14/1.NCAA

Villanova lost sophomore forward Saddiq Bey to the NBA Draft,

but retained freshman forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl after he withdrew from the draft.

The Wildcats also return juniors Collin Gillespie, Jermaine Sanders and

Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree from a team that finished 24-7 a year ago, 13-5 in the Big East.

“I feel like we’ll be a great team next year,” Robinson-Earl said in April. NCAA

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“We always talk here about how the teams that won before had junior and senior leaders,

guys that had been in the program. I feel like we’ve all been through at least one year,

because we had five freshmen. We’ll have juniors becoming seniors and we’ll have a lot more leadership going into it. We’ll be well-prepared.”

Sophomores Cole Swider and Brandon Slater also return, as do freshmen Bryan Antoine,

Justin Moore, Eric Dixon and Chris Arcidiacono. NCAA

Villanova also currently has the No. 1 recruiting class in 2021, per 247Sports.com.