We're starting to get a meaningful sample size as to which teams are the forces to be reckoned with in the college basketball betting landscape. Check out our updated peek into the futures odds.
Maybe, maybe not, but Kentucky is looking super strong right now. There's no doubt about that. The Wildcats are flying high at 11-0 on the year and have already notched victories over Kansas, Texas and UNC, three formidable teams in the world of college basketball.
Yes, the injury to Alex Poythress hurts the cause, but Kentucky's supreme depth should more than make up for his loss. After all, this is a team that employs two "platoons", filled with future NBA players, so John Calipari's team should be just fine. This is your clear-cut favorite to win it all in 2014/15, and something crazy would have to happen for that to change. When making your NCAA basketball picks keep in mind there's just too much talent here.
Duke Blue Devils (+600)
Like Kentucky, the Blue Devils have still yet to lose this season. They're 9-0 on the year, with wins over Wisconsin and Michigan State among others.
Freshman sensation Jahlil Okafor continues to dominate inside. He's averaging 18.0 PPG and 9.0 RPG thus far, while Quinn Cook, Justise Winslow, Tyus Jones and Amile Jefferson have all averaged at least nine points a game too.
Duke will face a tough game against Connecticut on a neutral court on Thursday, and then it'll only be a couple of weeks before conference play kicks off. The Blue Devils seem well-equipped to cope with anything thrown their way, however.
Arizona Wildcats (+750)
Here's another undefeated team, though Arizona has had to sweat quite a bit to protect that spotless record. They've been pushed to the brim by both San Diego State and Gonzaga, but have passed every test put in front of them so far.
At 10-0, the Wildcats are in a great spot right now and should be able to maintain their perfect record until they reach conference play. They've been led by immensely talented freshman Stanley Johnson, who's averaging 14.1 PPG and 6.5 RPG. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley have been effective, while Gabe York, Kaleb Tarczewski and T.J. McConnell have been integral parts of the team too.
It's hard to find much wrong with Arizona at this point in time. They've got a great coach, top-notch personnel and have already shown they can find through adversity.
Wisconsin Badgers (+1100)
Wisconsin's one blemish this season came at the hands of Duke. Other than that, the Badgers have been as good as any team in the country, and they'll take a 10-1 record into next week's road date with California.
The lead dog here is Frank Kaminsky, who's averaging 16.0 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.9 BPG and 1.2 SPG. He's arguably the most versatile big man in the nation, and his play has been instrumental in Wisconsin's hot start. Sam Dekker, Nigel Hayes and Traevon Jackson are all big-time contributors as well
After a deep run last year, you wouldn't put it past the Badgers to make a lot of noise again this year, especially with how Kaminsky's been performing.
Kansas Jayhawks (+1300)
We finish off our futures odds rundown by focusing on the Jayhawks, who have responded very well after an early-season loss to Kentucky.
Kansas has recorded seven consecutive victories after that setback, with notable wins over Utah, Michigan State, Georgetown and Florida during that stretch. Now that the Jayhawks have survived through a crazy tough stretch of games, the competition levels drop over the next couple weeks before Big 12 play starts.
We've learned never to count on Bill Self and this Kansas program, and they have to be encouraged by their play since losing to the Wildcats. There's some great apparent value in the NCAA basketball odds on this gritty Kansas squad.
Don't sleep on the North Carolina Tar Heels (+1400), Louisville Cardinals (+1600) and Gonzaga Bulldogs (+2000) either, all of whom have shown some great things so far this season.