Posted by Mike Lynch on June 7, 2019
We've added pages to College Basketball Reference showing the preseason National Championship odds for prominent teams that season. As you can see at that link, a $100 bet on Virginia in the preseason would have netted you $1350. The data goes back to 2006-07 (though 2007-08 is missing). Over this span, the biggest preseason longshot to win it all is 2014 Connecticut, which was +6500 to win the title in the preseason (and an even longer shot after an unimpressive regular season).
We'd like to thank SportsOddsHistory.com for providing this historical data.
We hope you enjoy this addition, and please let us know if you have any questions or comments.