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The 2013-14 college basketball season got underway this week and there is plenty of excitement surrounding a wide variety of teams. As each team enters the new season, aspirations of a conference championship and a national title are on the minds of the players looking towards March and April. But it will be a long journey that starts with one game at a time.
The familiar names are at the top of the rankings coming into the year. With a top-notch recruiting class, Kentucky is back in the top spot after going through a difficult 2012-13 that saw them exit in the first round of the NIT, failing to even make the NCAA Tournament with a shot at repeating their title. But head coach John Calipari’s team has plenty of hype surrounding them once again, so it will be interesting to see how they handle it.
With the No.1 player in the country committing to Kansas, you can bet that they are right up there as well. Andrew Wiggins plans on winning a national title and then going No.1 in the 2014 NBA draft he said in a recent interview.
And let’s not forget about the defending national champion Louisville Cardinals. Coach Rick Pitino has been there before and knows how to handle a team looking to repeat their success from a season ago.
Oddsmakers at Bovada Sportsbook are in on the action, formulating betting odds to win the 2014 college basketball national championship. The schools we mentioned up above are right there at the top. Kentucky leads the way at 7/2 on the payout, with Kansas behind at 6/1. Louisville rounds out the top-three installed at 15/2.
The preseason No.2 ranked team in the country behind Kentucky is Michigan State. The Spartans have been set with odds at 9/1 to win it all, which is the same as the Duke Blue Devils who begin the season ranked No.4.
The early portion of the season will give fans a Final Four-like atmosphere Tuesday night November 12th with some top-five games. Kentucky and Michigan State will matchup, making for a No.1 vs. No.2 showown. Also on tap will be Duke taking on Kansas putting No.4 vs. No.5 on the court. Could this be a Final Four preview? Perhaps! At the very least it will make for some awesome basketball games to check out early on in the season and perhaps establish the early contenders.
Once the betting lines get outside of the top-five favorites they jump up a bit and nearly double on the payout for the team in the sixth position. That would be the Arizona Wildcats who at 16/1 lead the way in terms of Pac 12 teams.
From there the payouts jump up to 20/1 with a handful of teams in that position including North Carolina and Florida.
Odds to win the 2014 NCAA Tournament will fluctuate throughout the season with teams winning and losing so bettors can expect updates weekly at the sportsbooks. With the routine updates there is the chance to get in on some great payouts so you will want to follow them. Luckily for you LatestBettingOdds.com will be on top of them during the season watching for notable changes. Get this week’s matchups below and pinpoint marquee games that can shape the picture.