College Hoops Tip Off Time!

The road to March Madness starts this Friday night for 337 Division 1 teams. When all is said and done there will only be one team cutting down the nets at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. So who will it be this year? Will North Carolina repeat as National Champions? Who will be this year’s South Carolina and make a Cinderella run to the Final Four? Will it be a team full of One & Doners who come together for a year to make a run or will it be a group of Seniors and Juniors that slowly blossom into a Championship caliber team? So let’s take a look at how some of the experts see it playing out. Here are the AP Rankings (made my sports writers), the USA Today Coaches Poll (made by D-1 coaches) and then most importantly in our business the Odds to win the National Championship.

AP Top-25 Pre-Season Rankings (first place votes)

1. Duke (33)
2. Michigan St (13)
3. Arizona (18)
4. Kansas (1)
5. Kentucky
6. Villanova
7. Wichita St
8. Florida
9. North Carolina
10. USC
11. West Virginia
12. Cincinnati
13. Miami-FL
14. Notre Dame
15. Minnesota
16. Louisville
17. Xavier
18. Gonzaga
19. Northwestern
20. Purdue
21. UCLA
22. St. Mary’s CA
23. Seton Hall
24. Baylor
25. Texas A&M

USA Today Top-25 Pre-Season Rankings (first place votes)

1. Duke (20)
2. Michigan St (9)
3. Kansas
4. Kentucky
5. Arizona (2)
6. Villanova
7. Florida (1)
8. Wichita St
9. North Carolina
10. West Virginia
11. USC
12. Miami-FL
13. Cincinnati
14. Notre Dame
15. Minnesota
16. Louisville
17. Xavier
18. UCLA
19. Gonzaga
20. Northwestern
21. Purdue
22. St Mary’s-CA
23. Seton Hall
24. Baylor
25. Texas A&M

Odds to win the NCAA Championships (From 5Dimes)

Duke +615
Michigan St +700
Arizona +950
Kentucky +1000
Kansas +1500
North Carolina +1800
Missouri +2000
Wichita St +3000
Florida +3300
Louisville +3500
Villanova +3500
Michigan +5000
Miami-FL +5000
Oregon +5000
Virginia +6000
UCLA +6000
USC +6000
West Virginia +6500
Indiana +6500
Gonzaga +8000
Purdue +8000
St Mary’s-CA +8000
Texas +8000
Notre Dame +8300
Minnesota +9000
SMU +9000
Wisconsin +9000
Xavier +10000
Texas A&M +10000
TCU +10000
Oklahoma +10000
Florida St +10000
Iowa St +10000
Alabama +10000
Baylor +10000
Butler +10000
Creighton +10000
Connecticut +12500
South Carolina +12500
Seton Hall +12500
Syracuse +12500
Cincinnati +13500
Arkansas +15000
Vanderbilt +15000
Utah +15000
San Diego St +15000
Northwestern +15000
Nevada +20000
Rhode Island +20000
Virginia Tech +20000
Va Commonwealth +20000
Georgetown +20000
Illinois +20000
Providence +22000
Auburn +22500
Iowa +25000
Marquette +25000
Tennessee +28000
All Others at least +30000

So there you are? The first look at the College Basketball season. Who is your early season picks? Do you think North Carolina can repeat or will ACC Rival Duke get things done. Does Tom Izzo have what it takes to win big at Michigan St? Looking at the ranking and the odds the perennial powerhouses are on top again. Is there a Cinderella that can crack this group. Let’s tip things off. Don’t forget to get all of our incredible hoops winners, along with CFB, NFL and NHL action by going to http://www.freeplays.com/handicapper.asp?serviceID=8010 . Good Luck!

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