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NCAA Tournament Championship Game History

 

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament determines winner of the national championship of the major college basketball teams in Division 1. The event takes place over a three-week period in March and April with schools facing off into a single elimination bracket.

The tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 with four 16-team regional brackets.

The field grew by one team in 2001 with an opening round game determining who would advance to the first round. In 2011, three more squads were added as two games took place in the restructured first round of the tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The winners of those contests advanced to the second round (formerly the first round).

After those “First Four” outcomes, the field of 68 becomes 64, and the attention picks up on Thursday and Friday with 32 games being played.

The Final Four is determined with the four teams winning each regional meeting for the right to go to the National Championship.

NCAA Championship Betting Outcomes

NCAA Championship Game History (1985-Present)
Year Location Matchup (Seeds) ATS Result
2021 Indianapolis (1) Baylor (+4.5) 86 vs. (1) Gonzaga 70 Underdog-Under (159)
2020 N/A No Championship Held (COVID-19) N/A
2019 Minneapolis (1) Virginia (-1.5) 85 vs. (3) Texas Tech 77 (OT) Favorite-Over (119.5)
2018 San Antonio (1) Villanova (-6.5) 79 vs. (3) Michigan 62 Favorite-Under (144.5)
2017 Glendale (1) North Carolina (-1.5) 71 vs. (1) Gonzaga 65 Favorite-Under (154.5)
2016 Houston (2) Villanova (+2) 77 vs. (1) North Carolina 74 Underdog-Over (149)
2015 Indianapolis (1) Duke (+1) 68 vs. (1) Wisconsin 63 Underdog-Under (140)
2014 North Texas (7) Connecticut (+2.5) 60 vs. (8) Kentucky 54 Underdog-Under (135)
2013 Atlanta (1) Louisville (-4) 82 vs. (4) Michigan 76 Favorite-Over (138)
2012 New Orleans (1) Kentucky (-6.5) 67 vs. (2) Kansas 59 Favorite-Under (138)
2011 Houston (3) Connecticut (-3) 53 vs. (8) Butler 41 Favorite-Under (132)
2010 Indianapolis (1) Duke (-7) 61 vs. (5) Butler 59 Underdog-Under (128.5)
2009 Detroit (1) North Carolina (-7.5) 89 vs. (2) Michigan State 72 Favorite-Over (153)
2008 San Antonio (1) Kansas (+2) 75 vs. (1) Memphis 68 (OT) Underdog-Under (146)
2007 Atlanta (1) Florida (-4) 84 vs. (1) Ohio State 75 Favorite-Over (140)
2006 Indianapolis (3) Florida (-1) 73 vs. (2) UCLA 57 Favorite-Over (128)
2005 St. Louis (1) North Carolina (-2) 75 vs. (1) Illinois 70 Favorite-Under (153.5)
2004 San Antonio (2) Connecticut (-5) 82 vs. (3) Georgia Tech 73 Favorite-Over (146)
2003 New Orleans (3) Syracuse (+5.5) 81 vs. (2) Kansas 78 Underdog-Over (156)
2002 Atlanta (1) Maryland (-7.5) 64 vs. (5) Indiana 52 Favorite-Under (151.5)
2001 Minneapolis (1) Duke (+4) 82 vs. (2) Arizona 72 Underdog-Over (163.5)
2000 Indianapolis (1) Michigan State (-4) 89 vs. (5) Florida 76 Favorite-Over (145)
1999 St. Petersburg (1) Connecticut (+9.5) 77 vs. (1) Duke 74 Underdog-Over (149.5)
1998 San Antonio (2) Kentucky (-3.5) 78 vs. (3) Utah 69 Favorite-Over (137.5)
1997 Indianapolis (4) Arizona (+7) 84 vs. (1) Kentucky 79 (OT) Underdog-Over (158.5)
1996 East Rutherford (1) Kentucky (-14) 76 vs. (4) Syracuse 67 Underdog-Under (156.5)
1995 Seattle (1) UCLA (-3) 89 vs. (2) Arkansas 78 Favorite-Over (161)
1994 Charlotte (1) Arkansas (-6) 76 vs. (2) Duke 72 Underdog-Under (155)
1993 New Orleans (1) North Carolina (-2.5) 77 vs. (1) Michigan 71 Favorite-Under (151)
1992 Minneapolis (1) Duke (-5.5) 71 vs. (6) Michigan 51 Favorite-Under (158.5)
1991 Indianapolis (2) Duke (-3) 72 vs. (3) Kansas 65 Favorite-Under (154.5)
1990 Denver (1) UNLV 103 vs. (3) Duke 73 OFF*
1989 Seattle (3) Michigan (-2) 80 vs. (3) Seton Hall 79 (OT) Underdog-Under (163)
1988 Kansas City (6) Kansas (+8) 83 vs. (1) Oklahoma 79 Underdog-Over (157.5)
1987 New Orleans (1) Indiana (-4.5) 74 vs. (2) Syracuse 73 Underdog-Under (155.5)
1986 Dallas (2) Louisville (+1) 72 vs. (1) Duke 69 Underdog-Under (152.5)
1985 Lexington (8) Villanova (+9) 66 vs. (1) Georgetown 64 Underdog-Over (112)
* There was no line on this game due to no wagering on Nevada schools in 1990

NCAA Championship Betting Outcomes

Betting Results - Favorites vs. Underdogs - Total (Over-Under)
Wager Straight Up (SU) Against the Spread (ATS) Total (Over-Under)
Results 23-12 18-17 16-19

History - Betting Notes

  • Along with UConn, there have been six other schools to win multiple championships since 1985 - Duke (5), North Carolina (4), Kentucky (3), Louisville (2), Florida (2) Villanova (3) and Kansas (2). Since 1985, the No. 1 seed has captured the championship 20 times.
  • The lowest seed to win the championship since the tournament expanded to 64 teams is Villanova in 1985 as an eighth seed, upsetting conference rival Georgetown.
  • The highest point-spread in the championship game occurred in the 1996 final when Kentucky (-14) defeated Syracuse 76-67 but failed to cover.
  • In the last 34 years, underdogs have gone 17-17 against the spread, which includes Duke's 68-63 victory over Wisconsin in the 2015 national championship as a one-point underdog.
  • There wasn’t a line on the 1990 championship because Nevada didn’t allow wagering on schools within the state at that time.
  • Total bettors have watched the ‘under’ go 19-15 since 1985 and is 7-3 the past 10 years. The highest total ever in a championship game was 163 ½ while the lowest number was 112.

NCAA Tournament Betting Recaps - Last Six Years

2021

In the 2021 NCAA Tournament, top overall seed Gonzaga went into the championship game with a perfect record and the school from Spokane finally got stopped. The winner, Baylor, dominated the Bulldogs for a wire-to-wire 86-70 victory. The Bears cashed as underdogs (+4.5), earning the school its first championship. It was the first championship for the Big 12 since Kansas cut down the nets in the 2008 event.

Prior to the draft, the Baylor Bears were listed as a 5/1 betting choice to win the NCAA Tournament in the futures market.

2020

The 2020 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. The Kansas Jayhawks were listed as the top contenders (+450) to win the event, followed by Gonzaga and Baylor at 8/1 odds.

2019

In 2019, Virginia claimed its first-ever national championship on the hardwood in an overtime win against Texas Tech, a team making its first appearance in the title game. The OT battle in the championship final was the first since 2008 when Kansas topped Memphis. It was also the third time an ACC team was crowned champ (Duke twice, Virginia once) in four times the city of Minneapolis has hosted the Final Four.

The Cavaliers started the season as an 18/1 choice to cut down the nets in March but prior to first round tournament action, the consensus future price on UVA was +700.

2018

In 2018, Villanova rolled to a 79-62 victory over Michigan as a big favorite (-6.5), the largest spread in the title game since 2010. The Wildcats claimed their third title since 1985, and second in the past three seasons. They also ended up winning each of their NCAA Tournament games by double-digit points.

The Wildcats were expected to contend all season long and they began the tournament as 11/2 betting favorites. It was the second straight year that the tournament favorites captured the championship.

2017

In 2017, North Carolina stopped Gonzaga 71-65 as a short favorite (-1.5). The victory for the Tar Heels was defined as "redemption" after the school lost in the 2016 championship to Villanova on a buzzer-beater.

The Tar Heels were listed between 5/1 and 6/1 in most futures betting markets.

2016

In 2016, Villanova knocked off North Carolina 77-74 on a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. It was the first national championship for the Wildcats since 1985, when the tournament began.

The Wildcats were 20/1 in the preseason and their odds were as high as 15/1 entering the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


  
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