Early Look: 2015 NCAA Basketball Futures Odds
We're only weeks removed from the 2014 NCAA Tournament, but we like to be prepared here at SBRForum. Some sportsbooks have already released their futures odds for the 2015 season, so let's take a gander into what we can expect from some of the top contenders.
Arizona Wildcats (+600)
Fab freshman Aaron Gordon has already declared for the NBA Draft and leading scorer Nick Johnson is likely to follow, yet the Wildcats will still enter the 2015 season as one of the top favorites in the college basketball betting odds.
T.J. McConnell, Brandon Ashley, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Kaleb Tarczewski and Gabe York are all expected to return, while their incoming class is highlighted by a couple stud recruits in Stanley Johnson and Craig Victor.
As you can see, Arizona will keep chugging along just fine without their two best players from 2014.
Duke Blue Devils (+700)
The Blue Devils crashed out of the Big Dance early this season, but many saw that coming due to their lack of toughness and physicality inside.
Well, that should all change in 2015. Duke has the number one overall recruit coming to town in the form of Jahlil Okafor, a 6'11” behemoth who will immediately step in as the starting center. The Blue Devils have been sorely needing an inside presence and now they have it.
Throw in two more top-ten recruits in Tyus Jones and Justice Winslow, along with solid returning contributors like Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon, and you can see why Duke is a favorite in the eyes of oddsmakers.
Kansas Jayhawks (+1200)
Another legitimate contender will be the Jayhawks, who should return a host of players who helped them on their way to a 25-10 overall record in 2014.
Yes, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embidd are gone, but Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden and Naadir Tharpe, just to name a few, will return and that bodes well for Kansas. Ellis, who averaged 13.5 PPG and 6.7 RPG as a sophomore, will be looked upon to step up his offensive game even more, while Tharpe will provide leadership as one of the only seniors.
Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre are the standout recruits for the Jayhawks, as they're ranked fifth and sixth respectively in the Scout database. Both are going to make immediate impacts for Bill Self's team.
Kentucky Wildcats (+1200)
What an amazing run for the Wildcats. They had their fair share of ups and downs throughout the season, but really picked up steam at the right time, only to fall short to Connecticut in the NCAA Championship game.
Kentucky is set to lose Julius Randle, James Young and the Harrison twins to the draft, though they got a boost with the announced return of Willie Cauley-Stein. Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee will also return.
Another excellent recruiting class awaits John Calipari, with five-star prospects Karl Towns and Trey Lyles the standouts. Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis are also rated highly.
Wisconsin Badgers (+1200)
The Badgers couldn't go all the way despite a phenomenal run in 2014. We see no reason to expect any kind of dropoff in performance in 2015.
The only player that's gone is Ben Brust and he'll be hard to replace, but Wisconsin will return the likes of Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker, Traevon Jackson and Josh Gasser among others. Kaminsky emerged as a star in the tournament and could have a monster year for the Badgers.
Of course, it helps to have one of the best coaches in the business and Bo Ryan certainly qualifies.