Duke, Kentucky, Villanova seen as early favorites for two thousand seventeen title

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 0:04 AM

Duke was made the 9-2 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened its NCAA future book for following year'south title game, to be played April three, two thousand seventeen.

Duke, Kentucky, Villanova seen as early favorites for two thousand seventeen title

LAS VEGAS -- Monday night'south thrilling finish to the NCAA men'south championship game is still fresh in everyone'south mind, but the quest to choose following year'south winner is already underway.

Duke was made the 9-two favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened its NCAA future book for following year'south title game, to be played April three, 2017.

Basketball bluebloods create up most of the top contenders on the Westgate list as teams are expected to "reload instead of rebuild." The Blue Devils are expected to lose Brandon Ingram to the NBA draft, but Grayson Allen is expected to stay along with a solid core of players, and coach Mike Krzyzewski is bringing in a top-rated freshman class that includes  Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum, the No. one and No. 2 players in the ESPN one hundred, respectively. 

Kentucky is the second choice at 6-1 because, well, it'south Kentucky. John Calipari brings in another blue-chip class while he waits to look if point guard Tyler Ulis will return for his junior season.

Defending winner Villanova is the third choice at 8-1. The Wildcats lose senior stars Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu, but coach Jay Wright is expected to maintain title-game hero Kris Jenkins, Josh Hart and several other key contributors. 

The normal suspects create up the rest of the top contenders: Louisville and Kansas are both at 10-1;  MI State is 12-1;  N Carolina is 15-1; and Indiana, Virginia, Xavier, Oregon and Arizona are each at 20-1.

A new NCAA regulation could present a potential monkey wrench for early college basketball projections: A player presently can declare for the draft and go through the NBA draft combine without risking college eligibility as long as he doesn't hire an agent. The regulation has led to a small more uncertainty for projections, but Ed Salmons, who sets the odds for the Westgate, said it'south "number big deal."

Besides, the guessing game is just as tough on the bettors, who are mostly reading and seeing the same news reports about who's leaving and who is staying.

And Salmons said he didn't think it'd damage the betting handle either.

"People are always willing to bet early," he said, so there was number necessity to delay posting the odds for one hundred forty-nine individual teams plus a "field" at 500-1 that includes all other Div I schools.

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