2014 NCAA Odds (05/15/13)
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.