Updated College Basketball Championship Odds – October 25th Edition

Posted by Eric Williams on Wednesday,October 25, 2017 4:39, EST in

The 2017-18 College Basketball season has yet to get underway, but I know one thing, some programs (like Louisville first and foremost) are already reeling thanks to the federal investigation that caught up several coaches a couple of weeks ago. With that said, NCAAB enthusiasts everywhere need to know which teams are looking really good as far as their College Basketball Championship Odds are concerned and which ones are nothing more than pretenders unworthy of a wager at this point. Okay, with all that said, let’s get started.

Updated College Basketball Championship Odds – October 25th Edition

Updated College Football Championship Odds – October 24th Edition

Duke Blue Devils

  • College Basketball Championship Odds: 5/1

The Blue Devils recently gave Grayson Allen his captaincy back and have brought in a dynamic floor leader in freshman point guard Trevon Duval, not to mention, the likely No. 1 pick in next year’s NBA Draft in seriously gifted forward Marvin Bagley III. Right now, I’m not a bit surprised the Blue Devils are the top title favorites to win it all this coming season.

Michigan State Spartans

  • College Basketball Championship Odds: 13/2

Michigan State has the Tom Izzo factor going, as they do every year. The Spartans also have an elite player in sophomore forward Miles Bridges and a bunch high-quality options at every position, including point guard where Tum Tum Nairn is expected to be a next-level star this season.

Arizona Wildcats

  • College Basketball Championship Odds: 8/1

The Wildcats need to replace star big man Lauri Markkanen, but that may not be a problem at all for head coach Sean Miller seeing as he’s got a star in Allonzo Trier, another solid ‘traditional’ big man in Dusan Ristic and dynamic incoming big man in seven-footer DeAndre Ayton as well as two blue-chip wing players

Kentucky Wildcats

  • College Basketball Championship Odds: 10/1

John Calipari is used to having young teams, but this season could be challenging even for him with eight of his top 10 players never having suited up for a college game at all and the leading returning scorer, Wenyen Gabriel averaging just 4.6 points last season. Still, with super-talented five-star recruits like 6-1point guard Quade Green, 6-8 swingman Jarred Vanderbilt, 6-5 shooting guard Hamidou Diallo and 6-9 forward Kevin Knox all coming on board, I have no doubt the Wildcats will contend for something other than another SEC championship.

North Carolina Tar Heels

  • College Basketball Championship Odds: 12/1

With three starters and five rotation members gone from last season’s national champions, North Carolina will look a lot different than they have the last couple of years. The good news is that rock-steady point guard Joel Berry II and NCAA tournament sensation Luke Maye are both back to lead the Tar Heels, even though this year’s team will be smaller and less dynamic on the boards than they were in leading the nation in rebounding last season.

The Tar Heels are one of the favorites at the College Basketball Championship Odds.

Kansas Jayhawks

  • College Basketball Championship Odds: 14/1

Wooden Award winner Frank Mason is gone, but head coach Bill Self still has plenty of talent in the cupboard. Point guard Devonte’ Graham looks like a star in the making while former top-10 recruit Malik Newman is eligible after transferring from Mississippi State. The development of center Udoza Azubuike could be the key to how much success the Jayhawks have this coming season.

Missouri Tigers

  • College Basketball Championship Odds: 16/1

If you don’t know who Michael Porter Jr. is right now, you will very, very soon. The 6-10 big man with the skills of a wing player is a McDonald’s All-American that was the No. 2 recruit in the nation this past year on most boards and the top pick on several others. Mizzou also has a bunch of other gifted players on board this season for new head coach Cuonzo Martin, including Porter’s brother Jontay, a five-star recruit in his own right. Four-star power forward Jeremiah Tilmon and four-star point guard Blake Harris give the Tigers the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation.

Wichita State Shockers

  • College Basketball Championship Odds: 16/1

The Shockers bring back all five starters from last year’s squad including superstar point guard Landry Shamet and are elite at both ends of the floor after winning 31 games last season. After losing to mighty Kentucky by just three points in the round of 32 in last season’s national championship tournament, the Shockers are looking like legitimate national championship title contenders to me again heading into 2017-18.

Louisville Cardinals

  • College Basketball Championship Odds: 20/1

Just stop. I mean, really. Despite the fact that the Cardinals have some talent on their roster including sophomore guard V.J. King and incoming freshman center Malik Williams, the federal scandal that caught Louisville’s hoops program up in it and cost head coach Rick Pitino his job tells me the Cardinals have no chance this coming season to contend for a national championship under poor David Padgett, the team’s interim head coach moving forward.

Villanova Wildcats

  • College Basketball Championship Odds: 20/1

With stars Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins both gone, the Wildcats will have a completely different look from the team they’ve been the last two seasons. Still, they’ve got an elite point guard in Jalen Brunson and a pair of other talented players that could make it to the NBA in athletic forward Mikal Bridges and sweet shooter Donte DiVincenzo, not to mention a head coach that knows how to win games no matter who’s on the floor in Jay Wright.

The Rest of the Field

  • Florida: 25/1
  • Gonzaga: 25/1
  • West Virginia: 25/1
  • USC: 28/1
  • Oregon: 33/1
  • Alabama: 40/1
  • Michigan: 40/1
  • UCLA: 40/1
  • Indiana: 50/1
  • Miami, Florida: 50/1
  • Purdue: 50/1
  • Saint Mary’s: 50/1
  • Virginia: 50/1
  • Arkansas: 66/1
  • Baylor: 66/1
  • Butler: 66/1
  • Notre Dame: 66/1
  • Cincinnati: 80/1
  • Florida State: 80/1
  • Minnesota: 80/1
  • Oklahoma: 80/1
  • Seton Hall: 80/1
  • Xavier: 80/1
  • SMU: 100/1
  • South Carolina: 100/1
  • Auburn: 125/1
  • Memphis: 500/1