by Bovada Sportsbook
With practices getting underway during "Midnight Madness" for college basketball on Friday night the hoops futures odds at Bovada Sportsbook have the defending champions listed as the favorites to win the NCAA Tournament once again in 2013 even if they're now missing Anthony Davis.
The Kentucky Wildcats topped the Kansas Jayhawks by a 67-59 score in last year's championship game at the NCAA Tournament, then promptly lost star forwards Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to the NBA Draft. Still, Kentucky is known for its ability to rebuild quickly – and they have top recruit Nerlens Noel ready to step into the void created by the departure of Davis and company. John Calipari's team sits at 13/2 to win the NCAA Tournament.
That has them just ahead of second-favorite Indiana on those NCAA Basketball Championship Futures Odds at Bovada Sportsbook, with the Hoosiers pegged at 8/1 odds to win the championship next spring. Indiana was one of Kentucky's victims at the 2012 NCAA Tournament, losing 102-90 to the Wildcats in the Sweet 16. Expectations, though, are high for the Hoosiers this season, with second-year center Cody Zeller expected to lead the team deep into March Madness.
Louisville (17/2) and UCLA (12/1) are third and fourth on the NCAA Basketball Championship Futures Odds right now, followed by annual contenders North Carolina (14/1) and Duke (18/1). Both the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils failed to make it to the Final Four last season, with North Carolina losing to Kansas in the Elite Eight and Duke getting shocked by Lehigh in the opening round of the Tournament. Still, those ACC schools combined for 59 victories in 2011/12, and will once again have their supporters anticipating a long tournament run.
North Carolina lost forward Harrison Barnes, among four departing starters, and Duke lost guard Austin Rivers to the NBA Draft in the spring, and Kansas will have to make due without forward Thomas Robinson this season after he turned pro as well – getting taken fifth overall in the NBA Draft. The Jayhawks made it to the title game last season as a No. 2 seed after going 32-7 during the season; they're listed behind the leaders at 20/1 odds at Bovada Sportsbook to win March Madness.
Louisville and Ohio State were the other two Final Four teams last season, with the Buckeyes joining Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina State, and Syracuse at 20/1 odds to win the NCAA Tournament in the spring. Ohio State went 31-8 last season then lost forward Jared Sullinger to the NBA Draft; freshman guard Amedeo Della Valle steps into the lineup.
Elsewhere, Arizona, Florida, Florida State, and Michigan State are all listed at 25/1 on those NCAA Basketball Championship Futures Odds at Bovada Sportsbook right now, followed by Missouri at 30/1, each of Memphis and UNLV at 35/1, Stanford and Texas at 40/1, and Baylor, Cincinnati, Creighton, Georgetown, San Diego State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin all at 50/1. Gonzaga fell in the third round of last year's Tournament to Ohio State as a seven-seed after failing to win the West Coast conference title; they're back at 55/1 odds to win the Tournament this year.
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