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The Kentucky Wildcats finished runner-up to the UConn Huskies earlier this year in the national championship in college basketball.
They are expected to be right back there in the mix heading into the start of the 2014-15 college basketball season.
With the star freshman a year older, a year wiser, and a year with more experience under coach Calipari, the Wildcats are top of the class according to Bovada Sportsbook’s NCAA Championship futures. Kentucky is installed at 3/1, which is more than twice the favorite as the next-closest team on the list.
Being in the spotlight and favored to win championships is nothing new for Kentucky, even with the freshman anchoring the class last season. With Calipari’s system, the young talent flourishes, and has found ways to come together at the perfect times in the season to make deep runs in the NCAA Tournament.
Behind Kentucky on the betting lines are teams that are expected. Teams like Arizona (8/1), Wisconsin (9/1), Duke (10/1), and North Carolina (12/1), round out the top-five favorites. These are the traditional powerhouses, and in college basketball oftentimes the rich get richer.
But what about the defending national champions?
UConn lost a lot of talent from their championship run, and find themselves well down the list of favorites. Of course, they entered the tournament last season as a nine-seed, so that probably doesn’t mean much to them. The Huskies are a 50/1 payout to repeat their title, which is a solid payout for where a small wager has the potential to profit big!
Looking at the odds from the big picture, the payouts are very evenly spread, with the ACC holding two of the top-five favorites in Duke and North Carolina.
The new season officially tips off this Friday, November 14th. The majority of the top-25 teams will be in action, including No.1 Kentucky taking on Grand Canyon on the SEC Network.
The odds to win the national title will be up until the Friday tip offs. From there, they will be continuously reformed as the season moves forward, changing the payouts. LatestBettingOdds.com has the up-to-date betting lines below, as well as the current landscape of the futures odds.
Odds To Win The 2014-15 College Basketball Championship – found at Bovada Sportsbook 11/12/2015