2014-15 College Basketball Futures

It was just days after the college basketball season that sportsbooks began to post their 2014-15 NCAA College Basketball futures. The LVH was the first sportsbook to post their Championship odds, while Sportsbook.com joined them shortly after as the first offshore book.

The reigning national champs, UConn, will graduate their leading scorer in Shabazz Napier while star forward DeAndre Daniels has declared early for the NBA Draft. However, point guard Ryan Boatright will return to school for his senior season. Since opening, UConn has dropped from +4,000 to +8,000 to win the National Championship.

Similarly we had some interesting futures movement on Duke based on Jabari Parker’s decision to declare for the NBA Draft. Although he has always been expected to be a top-3 selection, Parker was on the fence about leaving school after his freshman season. However, after officially announcing his intentions to leave early Duke moved from a +600 to +850.

While the April 27th Early Entry Eligibility Deadline has already passed, players who haven’t hired an agent have until June 16th to withdrawal their name from the draft. Additionally, transfer season will result in a number of potential impact players changing schools, so these futures will continue to fluctuate

It’s also been interesting to monitor the futures of the Kentucky Wildcats. Coach Calipari’s team opened at +1,200 to win the National Championship and have seen both PF Julius Randle and SF James Young declare for the draft.

Despite these losses, the Harrison twins, Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and Dakari Johnson have all opted to return to school next year. With loads of returning talent and the nation’s second best recruiting class (according to ESPN), the Wildcats are now the favorite to win it all at +400.

The table below compares the futures from Sportsbook.com, BetOnline and the Greek, and will be continually updated as other sportsbooks post their odds. The first page of this table contains the future odds for the top 25 teams (at Sportsbook.com) and provides some early insight into the potential pre-season rankings.

Updated 6/4/14

Team
The Greek (6/4)
BetOnline (5/6)
Sportsbook.com (5/1)
Kentucky +500 +500 +400
North Carolina +800 +1600 +1700
Wisconsin +800 +1200 +1300
Duke +1000 +1000 +850
Notre Dame +1000 +15000 +20000
Arizona +1200 +1600 +1700
Kansas +1500 +1400 +1300
Florida +1800 +1600 +1300
Iowa St +2000 +3300 +4000
Michigan St +2500 +2500 +4000
Field +2500 N/A N/A
Louisville +2500 +2500 +2700
Villanova +3000 +2800 +2700
UCLA +3000 +5000 +6000
Oklahoma +3000 +4000 +6000
Wichita St +3000 +2800 +2700
SMU +3500 +3300 +2700
Virginia +3500 +3300 +3300
Syracuse +4000 +3300 +5000
Gonzaga +4000 +4000 +5000
Texas +4025 +3300 +3300
Michigan +5000 +3300 +5000
Oregon +5000 +5000 +7500
Miami (FL) +5000 +6600 +7500
Ohio St +6000 +5000 +5000
Nebraska +6500 +6600 +7500
San Diego St +6500 +6600 +6000
Iowa +6500 +6600 +7500
UConn +8000 +5000 +8000
Memphis +8000 +10000 +10000
Minnesota +8000 +10000 +10000
Baylor +8000 +7500 +7500
Missouri +10000 +10000 +10000
LSU +10000 +10000 +10000
Maryland +10000 +10000 +10000
Arizona St +10000 +10000 +10000
Illinois +10000 +15000 +30000
Florida St +10000 +10000 +10000
Arkansas +10000 +10000 +10000
Kansas St +10000 +10000 +10000
Tennessee +10000 +10000 +10000
Pittsburgh +10000 +10000 +10000
Indiana +10000 +10000 +10000
St. John's +10000 +15000 +20000
Georgia +10000 +10000 +10000
West Virginia +10000 +20000 +30000
Stanford +10000 +10000 +10000
St. Louis +10000 +10000 +10000
Seton Hall +10000 +10000 +10000
Georgetown +10000 +10000 +10000
Harvard +12500 +10000 +10000
Marquette +12500 +10000 +10000
Dayton +12500 +10000 +10000
Providence +12500 +15000 +10000
Colorado +12500 +10000 +10000
Oklahoma St +12500 +10000 +10000
UMass +12500 +15000 +20000
Utah +12500 +10000 +20000
Ole Miss +15000 +15000 +10000
Washington +15000 +30000 +50000
NC State +15000 +15000 +30000
Cincinnati +15000 +10000 +10000
UNLV +15000 +10000 +10000
Clemson +15000 +20000 +30000
New Mexico +20000 +20000 +30000
California +20000 +20000 +30000
Georgia Tech +20000 +20000 +30000
Virginia Tech +25000 +30000 +100000
Xavier +25000 +25000 +30000
Wake Forest +25000 +30000 +100000
Purdue +25000 +20000 +30000
Vanderbilt +25000 +25000 +30000
South Carolina +30000 +30000 +30000
St. Joseph's +30000 +30000 +30000
Creighton +35000 +20000 +30000
BYU +35000 +30000 +30000
Auburn +35000 N/A +50000
Boston College +50000 +50000 +50000
George Washington N/A +20000 +30000
Texas Tech N/A +50000 +50000
LaSalle N/A +30000 +30000
Illinois St N/A N/A +50000
UCSB N/A N/A +100000
St. Bonaventure N/A N/A +50000
Fresno St N/A N/A +50000
USC N/A +20000 +30000
DePaul N/A +50000 +30000
UTEP N/A +10000 +20000
Penn St N/A +30000 +30000
VCU N/A +4000 +4000
Richmond N/A +50000 +50000
Colorado St N/A +30000 +30000
Northwestern N/A N/A +50000
Northern Iowa N/A N/A +50000
New Mexico St N/A N/A +30000
Butler N/A +50000 +50000
Murray St N/A N/A +50000
Louisiana Tech N/A N/A +30000
Texas A&M N/A +50000 +50000
Alabama N/A +20000 +20000

It’s very interesting that The Greek, which is typically considered to be a much sharper sportsbook than either BetOnline or Sportsbook.com, offers an option for the field. Perhaps even more intriguing is that Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) is included in the field. Since taking over as head coach in 2009, Shaka Smart has produced a 137-46 record and led his team to the Final Four in 2011.

Which teams do you think are offering value? Is Kentucky really the best team in the nation? Make sure to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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