Let’s take a closer look at the four teams that will likely be favored to win it all in the college basketball betting odds.
Alabama Crimson Tide
The program finished with a 23-13 straight up (SU) and 16-16 against-the-spread (ATS) record during the 2012-13 season, with its season ending with a 58-57 loss to the Maryland Terrapins as three-point neutral-site favorites for our NCAAB Picks in the postseason NIT on March 26.
Sophomore guard Trevor Lacey has decided to transfer from the team during the offseason, which is rather significant due to averaging 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and a team-leading 3.2 assists per game last year.
Alabama will lean heavily on senior guard Trevor Releford in the backcourt, with the senior entering as the Southeastern Conference’s active leader in points, assists and steals.
The program went 27-8 SU and 17-16 ATS last season, but was knocked out of the NCAA Basketball Tournament by the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Sweet 16.
There’s no doubt that the Wildcats will be long and athletic in the front court, with sophomore Kaleb Tarczewski leading the way.
Incoming freshman Aaron Gordon will be one of the more exciting players in the Pac-12 Conference due to his ability to run the floor and attack in transition.
One of the more storied programs in college basketball will return just two starters, but Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon did combine to average 23.3 points and 7.2 rebounds a season ago.
All eyes will be on freshman forward Jabari Parker, who comes to Durham after winning four consecutive state championships in Illinois. He was a McDonald’s All-America selection during his senior year—averaging 18.4 points and 10.4 rebounds.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Head coach Eddie Jordan enters his first season directing the team, as he takes over for Mike Rice, who was fired after a video showed him shoving and kicking players.
Myles Mack and Jerome Seagears will be the leaders on the floor, as they’ve combined to play 126 games and make 87 starts in the backcourt in their careers.
College basketball handicappers will find that the field consists of 16 teams for this event—each chosen from a different conference.
The top-eight teams are seeded, with the top-four seeds hosting the preliminary rounds, while each program is guaranteed to play four games.
First and Second Rounds (4): Nov. 18-19 or Nov. 19-20 – Campus
Consolation Rounds (3): Nov. 25-26 – Campus Sites
Semifinals and Final: Nov. 27 and 29 – MSG