NCAA Basketball Picks: 2013-2014 Championship Futures Odds

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 2:04 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 2:04 PM GMT

We're only a matter of weeks away from March Madness, so let's take another look at the NCAA basketball futures odds to see which teams are the true contenders.

All of the NCAA basketball odds shown below can be located at 5Dimes.

MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (+500)

- 19-3 SU and 11-8-2 ATS -

Injuries to Adreian Payne (foot) and Branden Dawson (hand) have hurt the Spartans, who have lost two of their last three games ahead of next week's home game against Penn State. Nonetheless, they're still the top overall favorite in the eyes of online sportsbooks right now.

ARIZONA WILDCATS (+550)

- 21-1 SU and 13-8 ATS -

The pressure is off now that the Wildcats have been handed their first loss (at the hands of California) of the season. Armed with one of the most balanced teams around, they're still going to be a force to be reckoned with come March.

KANSAS JAYHAWKS (+600)

- 16-5 SU and 10-10-1 ATS -

Though they were just taught a lesson by Texas, the Jayhawks remain atop the Big 12 with a 7-1 conference record. Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid are two superstars in the making and will lead Kansas into the NCAA tournament as a legitimate contender.

FLORIDA GATORS (+1000)

- 19-2 SU and 9-7-1 ATS -

Still undefeated in SEC play (8-0), the Gators are looking like one of the most formidable teams in the country at the moment. They've been terrific defensively and still haven't lost (13-0) on their home floor this season.

KENTUCKY WILDCATS (+1000)

- 16-5 SU and 9-8-2 ATS -

There's no doubting the talent of this team, but their youth has shone through at times this season, leading to lackluster performances, especially away from Rupp Arena. One has to wonder if these guys have the heart to really make a run in March.

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WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS (+1000)

- 23-0 SU and 14-5-1 ATS -

Along with Syracuse, the Shockers are one of the two remaining undefeated teams in the nation. As you can see, they've also been profitable to back with your NCAA basketball picks. It wouldn't be surprising to see Wichita State finish the season undefeated, but what will they do in the tournament?

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (+1200)

- 18-4 SU and 10-10 ATS -

In the newly formed AAC, the Cardinals have started out 7-2, with the two losses coming at home to Memphis and Cincinnati. They've got one of the country's best players in Russ Smith and a good supporting cast, so Louisville certainly has a chance to repeat as national champions.

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES (+1200)

- 16-5 SU and 10-8-1 ATS -

Many counted the Wolverines out after Mitch McGary had season-ending back surgery, but they've only lost one time in conference play (at Indiana), thanks in large part due to the outstanding play of Nik Stauskas (17.8 PPG). Don't count out this talented Michigan team in the tournament.

SYRACUSE ORANGE (+1300)

- 21-0 SU and 11-5-1 ATS -

Despite an unblemished record, the Orange aren't getting too much love in the NCAA basketball odds. It's a little strange to see them this low on the list, considering C.J. Fair, Trevor Cooney, Jerami Grant and Tyler Ennis are playing lights out and Syracuse has already beaten a lot of elite teams this season.

DUKE BLUE DEVILS (+1300)

- 17-5 SU and 14-8 ATS -

You can't knock Duke for their loss at Syracuse, as they played amazingly well and almost handed the Orange their first taste of defeat. What the Blue Devils lack in size they make up for in practically every other way, so don't sleep on Coach K's team.
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