As one season closes, another is set to start in just a mere six months and it is never too early to put a futures bet on who you think are the team cutting down the nets at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium at Atlanta following April. The Virginia Cavaliers claimed the 2019 title, their first in history, however they sit on the oddsboard, two spots behind the Kentucky Wildcats, that are the +500 favorite.
BetOnline has Kentucky since the favorite to win against the 2020 college hoops championship at +500 followed closely by Duke in +600, Virginia in +650, Michigan State at +800, and Michigan and North Carolina at +1200 to round out the leading teams around the oddsboard.
Tread Lightly with Kentucky
Kentucky had a powerful 2018-19 effort, putting with a 30-7 record en route to an Elite Eight berth before falling to Auburn in overtime. Undoubtedly head coach John Calipari will possess the Wildcats playing at a high degree, but he’ll have to enter the season with quite a different appearance. Four of Kentucky’s starting five will be likely to graduate or be drafted into the NBA since Reid Travis is an old and P.J. Washington, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro will likely be going pro.
All is not lost, though, since the Wildcats have done a good job recruitment for the upcoming season, securing two 2019 McDonald’s All-Americans, shooting guard Tyrese Maxey and small forward Khalil Whitney. I anticipate sophomores Immanuel Quickley and E.J. Montgomery to lead the fee and will work well with the incoming freshmen. With their brand new appearance, I’d be hesitant to put a bet on this bar at +500 at this stage.
Kansas May be Well-Balanced and Experienced
Kansas had an extremely interesting 2018-19, revealing flashes of brilliance along with being rated in the top five in the AP survey for eight months, including two weeks at the top spot. Overall, the Jayhawks finished the year with a 26-10 record, falling to Auburn in the Round of 32. Kansas was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team as it arrived to house and away splits, going a perfect 16-0 in Allen Fieldhouse but just 3-8 in true road games — very confusing results.
The Jayhawks needed to battle through accidents, losing protect Lagerald Vick for the summer in early February. He’s a senior and won’t be back . Additionally, junior center Udoka Azubuike played just nine games in 2018-19. But Kansas, despite those huge holes in the frontcourt and backcourt, nevertheless needed a Round of 32 look. The Jayhawks must be feisty this upcoming season as I do not anticipate Azubuike to be drafted and Vick are their sole loss, so chances of +2000 provide decent value.
Auburn Providing Best Value
Head coach Bruce Pearl must be proud of this effort his team put in last season, heading 30-10, for example winning the SEC tournament and falling only to eventual national champion Virginia 63-62 in the Final Four. The team had four seniors, such as shield Bryce Brown, who led the team with 15.9 points per game.
On the other hand, the core of the group should come back for the 2019-20 season, most notably Jared Harper and Chuma Okeke, who united for 27.3 ppg. Harper led the team with 5.8 assists per game, while Okeke was the group leader with 6.8 rebounds per game. Additionally, Pearl has recruited five players that have signed letters of intent, such as small forward Isaac Okoro,who is the 37th-ranked recruit. I believe this team will cause waves and +3300 may be a steal as we near March next year.
Here’s a look at the full list of chances for the 2020 school hoops championship:
2019-20 College BASKETBALL Champion Odds
Michigan State +800
North Carolina +1200
Mississippi State +3300
Texas Tech +3300
Florida State +6600
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