What will be the biggest and baddest conferences in college basketball for the 2012/13 season? Find out what sportsbooks and us at sportsbookreview think of the matter.

Kentucky blitzed through the competition last year and was a team on a mission. After the Wildcats had lost to Vanderbilt in the SEC title game, you knew they had learned their lesson and would come out with reckless abandon in the NCAA tournament.

Is there a clear NCAA Basketball odds favorite to win it all this season? And which conference will rule the roost? 

Big Ten 

Cody ZellerOver the past few years the Big Ten has stormed to the front of the pack in terms of conference competitiveness

This season should be even crazier. Indiana is the current favorite to win and is listed at +750 to become the national champion at year's end. The Hoosiers have Cody Zeller returning and a host of other key contributors coming back as well. 

NCAA Basketball odds also list Ohio State (+1750), Michigan (+2500), and Michigan State (+2800) that will be frequenting the Top 25 and making noise in the NCAA tournament. 

Big East 

Forget football, the Big East has become notorious for being a powerhouse in college hoops and nothing will change this coming season. 

Leading the pack is Louisville, who made a terrific run last season and will return a lot of their best guys, including guard Peyton Siva. The Cardinals can be found at +850 in the college basketball odds to win the national title, making them the third-ranked team in that category behind Kentucky and Indiana. 

The Big East will also be well-represented by teams like Syracuse (+2000), Georgetown (+6000), Cincinnati (+6000) and then other solid programs such as Marquette and Notre Dame.


North Carolina (+1000) and Duke (+2000) are always floating near the top of the conference and that will stay the same in 2012. The only difference is they've been caught up by two other outstanding teams. 

After making it all the way to the Sweet Sixteen last year, North Carolina State returns a hefty portion of its starting lineup, starting of course with C.J. Leslie. The Wolfpack should be right back in contention this season and oddsmakers agree, listing them at +2500 to finish as national champs. 

Then there's Florida State, who despite losing some important pieces should still be in the mix. The Seminoles are at +2500 as well and will be aiming to repeat as ACC tournament champions. 

Kentucky WildcatsSEC / Big 12 / Pac 12

These three conferences certainly have talented programs, but on the whole aren't quite as strong as those that were previously mentioned.

In the SEC, you've got Kentucky, the overall favorite to win the title at +600. Then there's Florida (+2500) and newcomers Missouri (+4300) before a big dropoff in the odds.

The Big 12 is led by Kansas, with Bill Self's team trading at +2000 at sportsbooks. The Jayhawks will definitely miss Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor, but Self has made something out of nothing many times before. Elsewhere in the conference there's Texas (+6000) and Baylor (+7000) who should be near the top.

Finally there's the Pac 12, headlined by a re-tooled UCLA squad that's listed at +1200 to take home the title. This conference also features strong teams like Arizona (+2500) and Stanford (+3000).