Those predictions we heard about this college basketball season being filled with upsets and uncertainty? Well, they seem to be pretty accurate just a few weeks into play.
Somehow, Kansas lost on a buzzer-beater to a 3-3 Dayton team that had previously fallen to UMass Lowell. The Jayhawks' implosion came after Alabama fell to Iona, Michigan was upended by Seton Hall and BYU embarrassed Oregon.
Mighty Gonzaga, nearly a double-digit favorite over Duke, another team with a national championship on its mind, also fell victim to an upset Friday night in Las Vegas. That 84-81 loss to the Blue Devils showed that every team, even the squad considered the best in the country, will be vulnerable to some extent this season.
But don’t discount the Zags after just one high-profile loss. The early trend of upsets and volatility should continue. Even after the Duke loss, Gonzaga still has the appeal of a treasury bond standing out among much riskier investments.
After a few days to digest what happened in front of the sellout T-Mobile Arena crowd, let’s re-examine the futures board to determine what role a one-loss Zags team now plays in the market.
Gonzaga National Championship + 400 (BetMGM)
For those interested in making a CBB futures play for a national championship and desiring a high level of stability, you’ll have to pay for it at + 400. Stable, yes; value, no.