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    2014 NCAA Odds (05/15/13)

    John Ewing, Director of Research and Analytics
    By John Ewing

    Want to bet some college basketball? The 2014 NCAA Men’s Championship odds have been posted and Kentucky is the favorite to win it all.

    Will the state of Kentucky make it back-to-back-to-back NCAA Championships? The oddsmakers think so. They have Kentucky as the favorite at 5/1 followed by Kansas at 11/2 and defending champion Louisville at 17/2. Below we look at some of the notable teams and why their odds are either higher or lower than you might expect.

    Kentucky, 5/1 odds

    Calipari has the top ranked recruiting class in the country which features Julius Randle, the nation’s No. 1 power forward and No. 3 overall recruit in the Class of 2013. Calipari will have the No. 1 recruiting class for the fourth time in five years at Kentucky. The recruiting class has six top-20 recruits; four of them are the No. 1 player at their position.

    Kansas, 11/2 odds

    The Jayhawks just added No. 1 overall recruit, Andrew Wiggins, to the nation’s second best recruiting class. Wiggins is a highly regarded player that many expect to have a better career in the pros than in college. Here are a couple of prop bets for the Canadian prospect.

    Will he be selected #1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft?    

    • Yes, 1/3     
    • No, 2/1

    Average PPG in the 2013-14 NCAA Basketball Season?

    • Over/Under, 18

    Indiana, 33/1 odds

    With Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo leaving school early for the NBA; as a result Indiana loses their top four scorers. Tom Crean has the nation’s No. 4 recruiting class but there is not a lot of faith in the Hoosiers.

    Wichita State, 66/1 odds

    The Shockers were the surprise team of this year’s March Madness. Wichita State does not have a top 20 recruiting class and loses seniors Carl Hall and Malcolm Armstead. It will be difficult for Wichita State to obtain the No. 4 ranking they secured after a strong showing in the tournament.

    Florida Gulf Coast, odds not available

    The Eagles were the feel good story of the tournament becoming the first 15-seed to reach the Sweet 16. But the wheels might have come off for ‘Dunk City’, Coach Andy Enfield, and his hot wife, left for greener pastures (USC) and oddsmakers are not even listing Florida Gulf Coast’s odds.

    Below are the odds for the top-50 programs in the country.

    Team Odds
    Kentucky 5/1
    Louisville 11/2
    Michigan State 17/2
    Duke 12/1
    Arizona 14/1
    North Carolina 15/1
    Florida 16/1
    Ohio State 18/1
    Syracuse 20/1
    Connecticut 25/1
    Indiana 33/1
    Memphis 33/1
    Michigan 33/1
    Colorado 33/1
    UCLA 40/1
    Baylor 40/1
    Creighton 50/1
    Georgetown 50/1
    Gonzaga 50/1
    Iowa 50/1
    Marquette 50/1
    Missouri 50/1
    NC State 50/1
    New Mexico 50/1
    Oklahoma State 50/1
    Pittsburgh 50/1
    St. Louis 50/1
    VCU 50/1
    Wisconsin 50/1
    Butler 66/1
    Illinois 66/1
    Minnesota 66/1
    St. John's 66/1
    Tennessee 66/1
    UNLV 66/1
    Villanova 66/1
    Virginia 66/1
    Wichita State 66/1
    Florida State 75/1
    Notre Dame 75/1
    Alabama 100/1
    Arizona State 100/1
    BYU 100/1
    California 100/1
    Cincinnati 100/1
    Iowa State 100/1
    Kansas State 100/1
    Miami Florida  100/1
    Ole Miss 100/1
    Oregon 100/1

     

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