The Best NCAA Basketball Prop Bet for 2021

by Wayne Root

THE PROP BET
There’s a great prop bet in Las Vegas that gives you action among every team in all of college basketball. It’s this:
#1 Gonzaga and #2 Baylor (+110) vs. The Field (-120).
 
 THE ZAGS and THE BEARS
This side is the underdog, the top two teams all season. Both teams are far ahead of their closest competition in terms of talent, rankings and athleticism. Gonzaga and Baylor are a combined 40-0 and are the underdogs. That’s what makes this such a great bet.
 
 THE FIELD
Let’s not look at all 64 teams but some possibilities for the sweet 16. We already know two of the teams so follow here:
 
THE BIG TEN
There are four teams from the Big Ten sitting high in the top 5 rankings: Michigan 16-1, Ohio St 18-5 and Illinois 16-6. These three teams have fought with each other and had to play Iowa, Wisconsin and at Minnesota. Michigan is hot and talented. 
 
THE BIG 12
From the difficult Big 12 we have good competition all throughout the conference but especially with Oklahoma 14-6, West Virginia 16-6, Texas at 14-6 and a resurrected
Kansas team 17-8. All have experience with coaching at this level.

THE SEC
Two very good teams are Alabama 18-5 and Arkansas 17-5 from the SEC which are both high scoring offensive machines.
 
 THE ACC
The ACC has Florida St 13-3 and Virginia at 15-5. Duke is left to begging for a bid. FSU will be dangerous.

BIG EAST
Let’s not forget the Big East with Villanova 15-3 and Creighton at 16-5. Villanova just hasn’t had to play great competition.

SLEEPER’S
Houston 18-3 could be our final Sweet 16 entrant. But for fun, let’s add Loyola-Chicago 19-4 and San Diego St 17-4 from the Mountain West. Houston has offense, Loyola-Chicago has their Nun from two years ago and SD St places great defense. 
 
CONSIDER THIS:
Here are some factors to consider:
1. Gonzaga and Baylor wouldn’t meet until the final four due to seeding. 
2. The other 14 teams certainly can knock each other off and will. 
3. Upsets in round one and two will definitely happen to a few teams from the field. 
 4. In reality, Gonzaga and Baylor might only have to squeeze by the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight. 
 
FINAL 4 FOR EXTRA PROFITS
 Once we get to the Saturday portion of the Final Four, Gonzaga and Baylor could luck out and not meet. However, if so, then you’ll have a great bet on the Monday Championship Game as you’d get either team as a pick em because of this current wager and the opportunity to middle as their opponent would be getting 8 points or more.

All photographic images used for editorial content have been licensed from the Associated Press.

© 2021 Al McMordie's BigAl.com. All Rights Reserved.