The parallels between college basketball and horse racing are minimal, but one trait both sports share is that their fanbases each love to bet on underdogs. It was less than two months ago when the nation began falling in love with Saint Peter’s as the No. 15 seed Peacocks made a miraculous run that began with an all-time-great upset of Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Anyone who wagered on Saint Peter’s during its legendary march to the Elite Eight embraced the Peacocks’ underdog status in each game they won. But Saint Peter’s couldn’t win it all like Rich Strike did on Saturday in the Kentucky Derby. With 80-1 odds, Rich Strike came from behind to win and became the second-biggest long shot to ever capture the Kentucky Derby.
Could a team with such long odds in this era of college basketball win the national title? While the NCAA Tournament regularly produces unexpected deep runs from poorly seeded teams, it’s usually a big name that ends up hoisting the trophy in the end. With the help of early national title odds from Caesars Sportsbook, our writers are looking ahead to the 2022-23 season and paying homage to Rich Strike by picking the team with odds of 80-1 or worse who they think could capture the national title trophy next season.
Here are the picks from CBS Sports college basketball experts Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander, Kyle Boone and David Cobb.
I obviously don’t believe any team with 80-1 odds (or worse) is winning a national title. It’s possible but improbable. That said, I’ll go with Dayton because the Flyers are the highest-ranked team in my Top 25 And 1 that meets this question’s criteria. They’re 100-1 to win the 2023 NCAA Tournament — but I like them better than that. Dayton is returning the top five scorers from a team that was literally the last to be cut from the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Four of those players — among them former top-100 high school…