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4/25/2014 11:40:00 AM
We've decided to take an early peek into the college basketball betting futures odds to see which teams are locked in as the biggest contenders for the championship in 2014. Who will you pick?
Arizona Wildcats (+650)
Both Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson have declared for the NBA
draft, but the Wildcats will still return a loaded team for the 2015 season. That's why they're the top overall favorites in the sports betting odds. and a good choice for your future NCAA Basketball picks.
The likes of T.J. McConnell, Brandon Ashley, Kaleb
Tarczewski and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will all come back and incoming freshmen
Stanley Johnson and Craig Victor could contribute immediately as well.
Duke Blue Devils (+700)
Another disappointing early exit from the Blue Devils in the
NCAA tournament hasn't swayed the opinions of oddsmakers for the team's chances
Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood won't be around anymore, but
an incredible recruiting class led by Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justice
Winslow should have Duke right in the mix once again. Quinn Cook and Rasheed
Sulaimon will play larger roles as well.
Kentucky Wildcats (+1200)
Kentucky's prospects have been boosted significantly after
Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and Dakari Johnson all announced that they
would return. We're still waiting to hear on the Harrison twins' decision.
So, even though Julius Randle and James Young have departed,
the Wildcats will be stacked once again in 2015 and could make another
legitimate run at the Final Four. Karl Towns and Trey Lyles are the standout
recruits on the way.
Wisconsin Badgers (+1200)
It's hard not to foresee another hugely successful year out
of the Badgers. The only key player they won't have back is Ben Brust, with
Frank Kaminsky, Traevon Jackson and Sam Dekker, just to name a few, all set to
With Bo Ryan at the helm of this storied program, Wisconsin
will be right back in the thick of things in 2015 and they've been given a very
realistic chance of emerging as national champions, at least in the eyes of
college basketball betting oddsmakers.
Kansas Jayhawks (+1500)
Studs Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid won't be around to
help, yet the Jayhawks are still well positioned to make some noise next
They've got some great returning talent in Perry Ellis,
Wayne Selden and Naadir Tharpe to go along with a recruiting class that's
headlined by Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre, two top ten freshmen that should
step in and contribute right away.
North Carolina Tar Heels (+1500)
Those having departed Chapel Hill will be James Michael
McAdoo and Leslie McDonals, who obviously were huge parts of the team's success
However, there's plenty of room for optimism for North
Carolina fans. For one, there's a heck of a lot of returning talent, including
Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson, J.P. Tokoto and Kennedy Meeks, and the recruiting
class (Justin Jackson, Joel Berry and Theo Pinson) isn't too shabby either. Roy
Williams will have a very good team to work with.
Florida Gators (+1800)
It's never going to be easy to replace such a talented
class, but the Gators aren't simply going to disappear into irrelevance.
Scottie Wilbekin, Patric Young, Will Yeguette and Casey Prather won't be back,
so who will step in for Florida?
Michael Frazier will get his chance to shine, as will Dorian
Finney-Smith, Kasey Hill and the two Walkers (Devon and Chris). Throw in
recruits like Chris Chiozza, Brandone Francis and Devin Robinson, as well as
transfer Alex Murphy, and you can see why the Gators should remain a powerhouse
in the SEC.