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.
The Greek (6/4)
|San Diego St||+6500||+6600||+6000|
|New Mexico St||N/A||N/A||+30000|
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.