The Greek is one of the only sportsbooks to have already released their futures odds for the 2013/14 season, so that's where you can locate all of the NCAA Basketball odds listed below.
Kentucky Wildcats (+300)
The Wildcats top the list, thanks to one of the most stacked recruiting classes we have ever seen. Though nothing out of the ordinary for this Kentucky program, this class is especially strong.
Six five-star recruits have committed to join up with John Calipari for next season. The class is led by Andrew and Aaron Harrison, brothers from Fort Bend, Texas who should immediately step in and become the starting backcourt.
Then you've got 6'10” center Dakari Johnson out of Florida, 6'9” power forward Marcus Lee from california, 6'9” forward Julius Randle from Texas, and 6'6” shooting guard James Young out of Michigan. Kentucky is also still in the running as a possible destination for prized recruit Andrew Wiggins. All in all, it's a downright scary compilation of freshman talent.
Don't forget either that Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer have both opted to return next season. Even with Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin and possibly Alex Poythress heading to the NBA, the Wildcats are going to be even more stacked next season and are deservedly the overall favorites in the eyes of the odds makers, and they are worth a look when placing your early NCAA Basketball picks for next season's champ.
Duke Blue Devils (+800)
Though nowhere near the same level of Kentucky's class, the Blue Devils will bring in some very talented players as well.
The cream of crop is Jabari Parker, a top-three overall recruit who will contribute for Duke immediately. Shooting guard Matt Jones can hit shots from anywhere and should seamlessly fit in Coach K's system, while Semi Ojeleye has a lot of potential too.
Let's hope, for Duke's sake, that the incoming class can make a difference, as the program will lose three of its most important players from last season Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry, and Ryan Kelly will all have graduated and could prove hard to replace.
Still, there's reason for optimism if you're a Blue Devils fan. Quinn Cook will return as the starting point guard and really showed improvement this past season, while Rasheed Sulaimon will likely start at the two. There's also talented transfer Rodney Hood, Amile Jefferson, and the return of sharpshooter Andre Dawkins, who sat out last season due to personal reasons. In short, Duke isn't going anywhere.
North Carolina Tar Heels (+800)
Ultimately, North Carolina's success will depend on who stays and who opts to leave for the NBA draft.
If James Michael McAdoo, P.J. Hairston, and Reggie Bullock all decide to stick around, the Tar Heels are going to be a force to be reckoned with next season. McAdoo averaged 14.4 PPG and 7.3 RPG, Hairston put up a team-leading 14.6 PPG in only 23.6 minutes per game, and Bullock had averages of 13.9 PPG and 6.5 RPG.
Assuming those three all band together and come back for another shot at a national championship, it would leave outgoing senior Dexter Strickland as the only significant loss for Roy Williams and would keep North Carolina right near the top on the futures odds list at most online sportsbooks.
In terms of incoming freshmen, five-star recruit Isaiah Hicks is the one to watch. Ranked in the top 15 nationally, the lanky power forward has high expectations placed upon him. Point guard Nate Britt and big-bodied center Kennedy Meeks are also headed to Chapel Hill for the 2013/14 season.
Ohio State (+800), Louisville (+1200), Memphis (+1200), Michigan State (+1500), Arizona (+1500), Michigan (+2000), Syracuse (+2000)