With college football and the NFL now in the sport bettors’ rearview mirror and the NBA postseason still another three months away, college basketball has taken center stage.
The next big event will be March Madness, which means bettors will be paying close attention to what is taking place on the hardwood on college campuses across the nation.
Since only a few weeks remain before the regular season ends, it is an ideal time to check the futures that have value in college basketball.
Kentucky the top ranked team in the nation at 24-0 is the big favorite to win the national title. Most shops have the Wildcats as 5 to 7 favorites. The Wildcats are the clear favorite but stranger things have happened in college basketball hence March Madness.
However, paying for a huge favorite this early does not have that much value.
However, the following teams might.
Duke is 8 to 1 at this point on the futures board according to Bovada and betonline. The Blue Devils this season are underrated, if that is possible, as some people have soured on the team for their lack of success during the NCAA tournament of late.
However, this season the team has beaten Wisconsin and Virginia and will be tough in March.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 12 to 1. This season the Bulldogs might have the best chance to reach the Final Four and at that point, anything can happen. The value is there as the Bulldogs have a talented offensive group.
The Wisconsin Badgers are at 9 to 1. Last season Wisconsin nearly reached the national championship game and this season’s team is as good if not better than last year.
For long shots, you might like Iowa State. At 60 to 1, the Cyclones have value when it comes to a dark horse. The team has not played as well as some thought they would, but the upside is huge for the team. Last season, without their best player, Georges Niang, in the tournament, the Cyclones reached the Sweet Sixteen.
A real long shot with value are the San Diego State Aztecs. According to topbet and sportsbook.com, the Aztecs are currently 100 to 1 to win the tournament. Offensively the team is not that strong but they are primed to record a few upsets under Steven Fisher. The Aztecs are tremendous workers on defense. They can slow down the tempo of a game to make it shorter and keep them in games that other teams might be blown out of.