May 202013
 
McDonald's All-Americans Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young and Julius Randle are part of the reason that UK is the early favorite to win it all next year. Photo courtesy of McDonald's

McDonald’s All-Americans, left to right, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young and Julius Randle are part of the reason that UK is the early favorite to win it all next year.
Photo courtesy of McDonald’s

You might have noticed there were fewer updates to the blog late last week. That’s because I took a little vacation to Las Vegas.

Among the places on the visit list was Caesars Palace, and a sheet of paper with their odds to win next year’s national championship made it back to Lexington with me.

Here are some highlights (odds were updated after Andrew Wiggins’ decision to play for Kansas):

Kentucky (3-1): The Wildcats are the clear betting favorite to win their ninth title next season.

Kansas and Duke (8-1): The Jayhawks were 25-1 before Wiggins jumped aboard. His commitment moved them to the co-second choice along with the Blue Devils.

Louisville (9-1): The defending champs are considered the fourth choice.

Arizona, Michigan State, Ohio State (12-1)

North Carolina and Florida (15-1): The Tar Heels opened at 8-1, and Wiggins’ decision to go elsewhere likely made them a longer shot.

Michigan (22-1)

Memphis (25-1)

Syracuse and Oklahoma State (30-1)

Indiana (40-1)

Florida State (50-1)

Murray State (500-1)

Other SEC schools listed: Tennessee (60-1), Missouri (75-1), Alabama (100-1), Vanderbilt (100-1), Arkansas (150-1), Texas A&M (150-1), Mississippi State (300-1), Ole Miss (300-1), Georgia (500-1).

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