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The Louisville Cardinals captured their first Men’s Division I College Basketball National Championship since 1986 on Monday night, defeating the Michigan Wolverines 82-76. It was certainly one of the most fast-paced, exciting championship games we’ve seen in recent memory. This is the second-straight year that the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament has gone on to win it all, with Kentucky doing the same thing in 2012.
The Cardinals impressed through all six games in the tournament. And what’s more, is that they did it with a variety of different players coming up big for them. Whether it was in the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four, or the national championship game, the Cardinals players found a way to make a charge and knock down the shots to get the victory.
With the sun now set on the 2013 NCAA Tournament, and it was certainly one for the books, we can’t help but peek into the next chapter. We are roughly a year away from the 2014 National Championship game, but oddsmakers have not hesitated to form betting lines for the favorites going into the 2013-14 college basketball season.
Louisville will enter next season as the defending champions eyeing a second straight title and a third-straight appearance in the Final Four. The Cardinals are not the favorites to cut the nets down in Dallas, though they are right behind.
Kentucky – 3/1 (+300)
Duke – 8/1 (+800)
Louisville – 8/1 (+800)
North Carolina – 8/1 (+800)
Ohio State – 8/1 (+800)
It’s the Kentucky Wildcats who are at the top of the list of 2014 NCAA Tournament future odds available at BetOnline Sportsbook. Coach John Calipari’s team failed to even make it to the tournament this season, not getting a chance to defend their title. But this betting line stems from the unbelievable recruiting class coming in. The Wildcats have six of the top-11 players from the 2013 class, with the potential still to get the #1 overall recruit in Andrew Wiggins.
But as we’ve seen from this past Wildcats team, a top recruiting class doesn’t always translate to championships.
However, oddsmakers certainly like the way Kentucky is looking for the 2013-14 season, as the Wildcats are installed as +300, or 3 to 1, to win a second national title in three seasons.
Behind the favorites, are several teams set at 8 to 1 on the betting line. The Duke Blue Devils (+800), North Carolina Tar Heels (+800), Ohio State Buckeyes (+800), and of course Louisville (+800), are all installed with this equal payout. It shouldn’t really be a surprise though, as these teams are typically at or near the top of the first release of futures wagers.
The Blue Devils will lose some senior talent in Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee. But Duke rarely rebuilds, they typically reload. As for North Carolina, they were a young team this season and should be more experienced for the next.
The odds to win the 2014 National Championship will certainly see fluctuations through the coming months, but this is your first opportunity to get in on the action as they first come out.
Below, you will see the odds for all of the teams that BetOnline is fielding for the national title. Be sure to check them out and follow along as we’ll track the odds throughout the offseason on into the start of the 2013-2014 season. This page will also stay up with our latest posts related to NCAA Tourney futures, look below.
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Odds To Win 2014 NCAA Tournament - Found At BetOnline – 4/9/2013