We're back with another edition of our updated look into the NCAA basketball futures odds. Has there been a shift at the top? Check out this article to find out.
Kentucky Wildcats (+175 to win championship)
It just keeps getting better and better for the Wildcats, and the NCAA basketball odds continue to shrink because of it. The Wildcats are now at +175 to win the national title and are on an island by themselves when it comes to the lines.
It's tough to disagree. Kentucky just wrapped up one of the most dominant wins you'll ever see in college basketball -- they whooped a solid UCLA team 83-44 on a neutral court, scoring the first 24 points of the game before the Bruins even got on the board. Even with the injury to Alex Poythress, the Wildcats have more than enough depth to continue to crush the competition. They're now at 12-0 on the season, and some are picking them to go unbeaten throughout the entire season.
Arizona Wildcats (+600)
We'll have to see what kind of changes are made now that the Wildcats have picked up their first loss of the season. They fell on the road to UNLV to finally put a blemish on what had been an outstanding start.
Despite the loss, Arizona isn't going to go anywhere. This is still one of the most talented teams out there, and it starts with fab freshman Stanley Johnson. The Wildcats are going to face quite a few tests once conference play begins, but they should emerge as the clear-cut top choice in the Pac 12 when everything is said and done, and they'll assuredly be in the thick of things come March as well.
Duke Blue Devils (+700)
We reckon it's only a matter of time before the Blue Devils take over the second spot, as they're still undefeated and are looking better and better as the season progresses. They're 10-0 on the year and have already beaten Wisconsin, Michigan State and Connecticut among others, so they've been battle tested.
Averaging 85.4 points per game, yet still buckling down on the other end of the floor, Duke appears to be a strong contender to make the Final Four at the very least. At this sort of price in the NCAA basketball betting odds, Jahlil Okafor and company should be a serious consideration for your future NCAA basketball picks.
Wisconsin Badgers (+1100)
The Badgers are currently fourth on the list. They've responded nicely since picking up their first loss of the season to Duke, winning four straight in very convincing fashion. Two of those wins came over relatively strong competition in Marquette and California, putting Wisconsin at 11-1 for the season.
With seven-footer Frank Kaminsky and playmaking forward Nigel Hayes leading the way, there's no doubt Bo Ryan's team will be a team to be reckoned with come tournament time. They're always making a splash in March, and this season should be no different. At +1100, you could do far worse than putting your money on Wisconsin.
Louisville Cardinals, North Carolina Tar Heels, Kansas Jayhawks (all +1400)
There are three teams tied in the odds at time of writing, and all three are big-time programs that seem to contend year after year.
The Cardinals (11-0) have still yet to lose a game, and their presence on the glass (ranked third in rebounding) is going to make them tough to beat. As for UNC, they just wrapped up a nice eight-point win over Ohio State in the Windy City, putting them at 8-3 with losses to Kentucky, Butler and Iowa. Don't sleep on the long and athletic Tar Heels.
Then there's the Jayhawks, who could see their stock plummet after an awful 77-52 loss to Temple. Who saw that one coming? It'll be interesting to see how Kansas will respond to that devastating defeat after the holiday break.