Updated 2014/15 NCAA Basketball Futures Odds

Steven Suarez

Thursday, December 4, 2014 2:38 PM GMT

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 2:38 PM GMT

Now that we're starting to get a feel for which teams are legit and which teams aren't, we can better take advantage of the available NCAA Basketball betting odds. How are the futures shaping up?

Kentucky Wildcats (+220 to win the national championship)
Though they haven't gotten every single vote, there's little doubt who the consensus number one team in the country is right now.

The Wildcats are a perfect 7-0 on the season and have already picked up a statement win over another top contender in Kansas. With 10 fantastic players on their team, who all deserve to play according to coach John Calipari, the coach has opted to go with a platoon system, with two sets of starting fives if you will. It's worked out swimmingly so far. 

This team is going to be challenging for the championship once again, few would argue that.

 

Arizona Wildcats (+700)
In second place on the futures list right now is Arizona, a team that's gone 6-0 thus far. The Wildcats have already picked up three solid wins, beating San Diego State, Kansas State and Missouri, so they should be well-prepared for whatever conference play has to throw at them.

It's tough to find any semblance of weakness on this team. They've got three guys in Stanley Johnson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley who all average at least 11 points and five boards a game each, and guys like Gabe York, Kaleb Tarczewski and T.J. McConnell have all been significant contributions too.

With a terrific balance to their squad, Arizona will continue to be a force earning NCAA Basketball picks.

 

Duke Blue Devils (+800)
What a great start for the Blue Devils. They've already come up against some tough teams, including Michigan State, whom they beat by 10. Duke has also already gotten the best of a solid Stanford team.

The arrival of Jahlil Okafor has been exactly what the doctor ordered. As a freshman, he's averaging a highly impressive 17.7 PPG and 7.9 RPG, and the rest of the team has fed off his play. In all, Duke is averaging 90.4 points per game, the third-best mark in the country.

In terms of pure value, the Blue Devils may be the most appealing option on the board. They've looked as dominant as ever, as the inside presence has opened things up for all of Duke's lethal shooters. And with Coach K on the sidelines, you can never count out the Blue Devils -- they will face a humungous test on Wednesday night, however, against the team below.

 

Wisconsin Badgers (+1000)
Still undefeated heading into a battle with Duke, the Badgers have looked the part of national title contender.

With neutral court wins over Georgetown, Oklahoma and UAB, Wisconsin has passed some rather challenging early tests. Frank Kaminsky has been the go-to option for the team, averaging 16.6 PPG, 8.7 RPG and 2.3 BPG through seven contests. It's going to be awesome to see him go head-to-head with Okafor on Wednesday.

For now, the Badgers are second in the AP and fourth in the Coaches Poll, but there's going to be some kind of change after this showdown with Duke is over and done with.

 

Kansas Jayhawks (+1300)
We finish off our futures breakdown with a look into Kansas, who is still getting a ton of love from College Basketball Odds makers despite being out of the top 10 in the AP poll right now.

We've learned never to count the Jayhawks out though, as they always seem to find a way to make some serious noise come tournament time. That's unlikely to change this year, especially with Perry Ellis playing as well as he is.

Kansas recently just posted its best win of the season against Michigan State and will soon welcome Florida in what should be another great game. That one's scheduled for Friday night in Lansing.

 

North Carolina Tar Heels (+1400)
UNC are right in the mix too, in spite of an early-season loss to Butler. They recently beat both UCLA and Florida by double digits in the Bahamas.

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