A Way too Early Look at the 2018-19 College Basketball Season

Villanova Basketball

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 4:31 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018 4:31 PM GMT

Chalky choice Villanova ran roughshod thru the NCAA tournament and are the kings of college basketball for the second time in three years. Can the Wildcats repeat next season, or is somebody else lurking?

This is the way the world works today, one door closes and another opens. For college basketball bettors who like to like the futures market on the stock exchange, next season's college basketball odds are out and you can wager on who next year's champion will be. Here is the list with slightly different odds at a variety of sportsbooks.

ODDS TO WIN 2019 NCAA MEN'S TOURNAMENT

Team Odds

Duke 5/1

Villanova 8/1

Kansas 8/1

Kentucky 8/1

North Carolina 12/1

Michigan State 15/1

Virginia 15/1

Gonzaga 15/1

Michigan 20/1

Oregon 20/1

West Virginia 30/1

UCLA 30/1

Auburn 30/1

Duke will enter next season with the top recruiting class in the country. R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish are ranked first, second and third, respectively, in the 2018 class. If any of last season's best class comes back for their sophomore season, that will only enhance the Blue Devils chance. One major negative, no senior leadership.

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Though Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges are not expected to return to national champion Villanova, they could and if one or both did, coach Jay Wright's team could become the favorites, as but Omari Spellman, Donte DiVincenzo, Eric Paschall and Phil Booth are all presumed back. Remember, this year's Nova team only has one McDonald's All-American, yet will have several pro players.

As good as Kansas ended up being, they could well be even better. They have three quality transfers coming in with a Top 10 recruiting class, plus, most likely Lagerald Vick and Udoka Azubuike. If Malik Newman returns, Bill Self could match Jay Wright for NCAA titles.

John Calipari's Kentucky crew clearly had freshmen that are not ready for the NBA yet and if a few returns to go along with the 'Cats typical Top 5 recruiting class, this should be a formidable squad again.

North Carolina will lose Joel Berry ll, but if Cameron Johnson and Luke Maye team up again to go along with a Top 5 incoming class of freshmen, the Tar Heels will again be national contenders.

Virginia players probably wish the season started tomorrow after being the first team to lose to a 16-seed during March Madness. There will be no shortage of motivation and redemption necessary for Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome, Jack Salt and De'Andre Hunter, as coach Tony Bennett tries to find more offense to blend with sensational defense.

Gonzaga received the concessions they wanted from the West Coast Conference and will not be heading to the Mountain West. Too bad for the rest of the WCC, as the Zags will be as tough as ever.

With coach John Beilein having put together a defensive template to build on, Michigan is a Top 20 program going forward. Mo Wagner is a presumed goner, but if Charles Matthews, Jordan Poole and Zavier Simpson are all back, that is a strong foundation.

One last tip. If you are the more patient type and like to let the season unfold, wait for the Week 6 college basketball poll this upcoming December. Thirteen of the past 15 men's college basketball championships were ranked in the Top 12.

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