The NCAA basketball regular season has not even entered its conference schedules yet, but that does not stop odd makers from constantly updating their futures boards for the national championship.
The Kentucky Wildcats started the season on many futures boards including Bovada and topbet, as a 9 to 5 favorite to win the National Championship in April 2015. The price for the preseason was historically low. However, odds makers believed the Wildcats were a solid pick to win the national title.
Through their first 12 games, which have been all victories, the Wildcats have not done anything to temper expectations. On the contrary, Kentucky has seen its championship odds gradually shrink on futures boards such as betonline and sportsbook.com.
Following its rout of UCLA 83-44, where the Wildcats led at halftime 41-7, odds makers shrank Kentucky’s odd to just 10 to 11 to win the national championship on April 6.
John Calipari the Kentucky head coach has his Wildcats playing unselfishly, cohesive and overpowering on the court.
Its offense has finally caught up to its stifling defense. Kentucky made 12 of its 26 shots from beyond the three-point line, while holding the Burins to only 19 of 71 overall from the floor.
However, at not even money, Kentucky is not a popular bet to win the national title.
Betting on Kentucky using the moneyline in each game of the postseason tournament, while rolling over the winnings from the prior game, is a strategy that is likely the most effective and not betting the odds.
One other reason is that the team that is dominant during the regular season not always goes on in college basketball to win the national title.
Not every one of the most impressive teams in college basketball finished holding the title in their hands.
Florida did in 2007, while Duke did in 1993. UCLA made it boring in the 60s and 70s with its title after title.
However, the Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV in 1991 entered the Final Four undefeated and left with frowns on their faces.
Kentucky will get a big test this Saturday December 27 when they travel to Louisville to face the Cardinals their in-state rivals and the No. 4 ranked team in the nation.
NCAA BASKETBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FUTURES
KENTUCKY WILDCATS 10 to 11
ARIZONA WILDCATS 8 to 1
DUKE BLUE DEVILS 8 to 1
WISCONSIN BADGERS 10 to 1
LOUISVILLE CARDINALS 15 to 1
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS 15 to 1
GONZAGA BULLDOGS 15 to 1
TEXAS LONGHORNS 20 to 1
FLORIDA GATORS 25 to 1
KANSAS JAYHAWKS 25- to 1