NCAA Basketball Futures: Teams That Can Make A Deep Run Into March

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Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 3:38 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 3:38 PM UTC

While teams like Kentucky, Duke and Villanova are the title favorites this season, here are three teams that could make a deep run in the tournament to cash as a valuable long shot in the NCAAB Odds. All of these odds are courtesy of Bovada.



West Virginia (+5000)

When it comes to a team that pays off 50/1 for a NCAA championship this season, one team seems to not belong and that team is the Mountaineers. Normally known as a football powerhouse, West Virginia has a very good basketball team this season and they are not getting credit for it from the sportsbooks.

Outside of Kansas, the Mountaineers are the best of the Big 12 and I don’t think it’s farfetched at all to think they can’t come away with a Big 12 title this season. If they do that, they will in no way still be 50/1 or a sleeper, but for this article’s case, I think 50/1 can be the start of the underdog category.

This team has a nice mix of four-star recruits both young and old that could mold into a deep and talented team. Come tournament time, that’s a team to keep an eye out for a potential run.


Texas A&M (+10000)

Billy Kennedy’s boys had a tough out last season after running into Buddy Hield and the Oklahoma buzz saw. However, after losing their top two scorers from last season, the sportsbooks have not given them the credit for still being a good young team.

Tyler Davis is one of the more intriguing young big men in college basketball and with freshman Robert Williams coming in, the Aggies have a nice 1-2 punch in their frontcourt. With talented sophomores Dj Hogg and Admon Gilder on the wings, the Aggies could have the ability to jump into the top 25, or even win it all this season. 100/1 is undervaluing a team that could be the second-best in the SEC behind the UK.


Wichita State (+10000)

It should come as no surprise that the Shockers are included on this list, but after a great season in the Missouri Valley last season, the Shockers predictably won their First Four game and then went on to upset Arizona and almost knock off third-seeded Miami. Sure, they lost their best two scorers from last season, but this team is well-coached and capable of making a run to the Final Four or better.

Talented guard Landry Shamet is back and healthy and along with a nice group of freshman and sophomores, this team is also a value at +100/1 at Bovada, and almost a lock to win the MVC. If they coast through the regular season and beat a very good Oklahoma team, an undefeated run through the MVC is not out of the question this season for the Shockers. 



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