Duke Tops College Hoops Futures

Mike Kryzewski's Duke side remains at the top of the NCAAB Futures list, but without forward Ryan Kelly the Blue Devils will face a tough time hanging on to that top spot.

Despite suffering an 84-76 defeat at the hands of North Carolina State on Saturday, Duke remains the bookmakers’ choice to win the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.

Currently ranked No. 3 by the Associated Press, Duke (15-1, 2-1 ACC) has been given 11/2 odds of winning the tournament, keeping the side ahead of the victorious NC State (14-3, 3-1 ACC), considered 18/1 to successfully navigate March Madness, a figure good enough for joint eighth on the NCAAB Futures.

Mike Krzyzewski’s side returns home to Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., on Thursday night to host a Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-5, 0-3 ACC) side still looking for its first ACC win of the season.

Odds makers have Indiana – ranked No. 2 in this week’s AP polls – nipping at the heels of the Blue Devils. Odds of the Hoosiers (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) winning the tournament stand at 6/1, although Tuesday night’s home loss to Wisconsin could change a lot of opinion regarding the Bloomington side come this time next week.

Indiana is one of six Big Ten sides to feature in bookmakers’ top 25 list this week, making the conference the most represented in the list. The Big East is a close second with five sides represented.

The first of those Big East representatives is Louisville (16-1, 4-0 Big East). The Cardinals secured a No. 1 AP ranking this week following losses for Duke, Michigan, and Arizona, and are now considered third favorite to win the NCAA tournament.

Odds of Louisville winning it all currently stand at 8/1. The Cardinals host a huge game this Saturday as Syracuse (16-1, 4-0 Big East) makes the trip southwest to the ‘Ville.

The sixth-ranked Orange currently ranks behind Louisville in the Big East standings, AP polls, and NCAAB Futures, with odds of 14/1 – sixth on the list – to win the tournament. This game could have huge implications in all of those categories.

Florida (12-2, 2-0 SEC) – ranked No. 10 by the AP but fourth by bookmakers – has 12/1 odds to win the tournament. The Gators are the highest ranked SEC side on the list, heading off Kentucky (16/1) and Missouri (20/1).

The Gators will travel to Texas A&M (12-3, 2-0 SEC) on Thursday night before hosting Missouri (13-3, 2-1 SEC) in a big clash on Saturday.

The bookmakers’ top five is rounded out by Michigan (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten). The Wolverines’ 56-56 loss to Ohio State (13-3, 3-1 Big Ten) saw the side slip to No. 5 in the AP poll. Odds makers have the team tied with Florida at 12/1 to win the tournament.

Sunday’s result also saw the Buckeyes stake a claim for being a contender in the Big Ten. Ohio State has been assigned 18/1 odds of winning March Madness. That figure is identical to that given to Arizona (15-1, 3-1 Pac-12). The Wildcats – the highest rated Pac-12 side – bounced back from last week’s loss to Oregon with a win over Oregon State on Saturday.

Kansas (15-1, 3-0 Big 12) is the highest ranked Big 12 school, both in the standings and polls, but bookmakers currently think little of the side’s No. 4 AP ranking. The Jayhawks are considered 20/1 to win the tournament, 11th on the list. The side’s nearest conference rival, Baylor (11-5, 3-1 Big 12), is 25th on the list with odds of 40/1.

At 20/1, UNLV (15-3, 2-1 MWC) has the shortest odds of any side playing ball outside of the Power Six conferences. San Diego State (14-3, 2-1 MWC) also represent the conference in the bookmakers’ top 25, with odds of 33/1.

Two other non-power conference sides currently reside on the bookmakers’ top 25; Creighton (17-1, 6-0 MVC) at 22/1 (14th) and Gonzaga (16-1, 3-0 WCC) at 33/1 (21st).


Odds to Win the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Duke Blue Devils 11/2

Indiana Hoosiers 6/1

Louisville Cardinals 8/1

Florida Gators 12/1

Michigan Wolverines 12/1

Syracuse Orange 14/1

Kentucky Wildcats 16/1

Ohio State Buckeyes 18/1

Arizona Wildcats 18/1

Kansas Jayhawks 20/1

Missouri Tigers 20/1

UNLV Rebels 20/1

North Carolina State Wolfpack 18/1

Creighton Bluejays 22/1

Michigan State Spartans 25/1

North Carolina Tar Heels 25/1

Georgetown Hoyas 25/1

Cincinnati Bearcats 28/1

UCLA Bruins 33/1

Pittsburgh Panthers 33/1

Gonzaga Bulldogs 33/1

Wisconsin Badgers 33/1

San Diego State Aztecs 33/1

Illinois Fighting Illini 33/1

Baylor Bears 40/1

Odds supplied by Uwin.com (formerly Sportsbook.com)