NCAA Basketball Season Preview

NCAA Basketball Season Preview

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We're in December now and things are well underway.

While Virginia captured the NCAA Championship last season after taking down Texas Tech, it's expected to be a down year for Tony Bennett and the Cavs after the loss of so many seniors. Virginia enters the new year as the No. 11 team in the country. 

To no one's surprise, Tom Izzo and his Michigan State Spartans hold the No. 1 spot in the rankings, while they're followed by No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Kansas, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Louisville, No. 6 Florida, No. 7 Maryland, No. 8 Gonzaga, No. 9 North Carolina and No. 10 Villanova in the Top 10. 

In this piece, we'll break down the Power Five conferences and offer up our NCAA basketball odds and picks for which teams will end up capturing titles this season and then go on to make a run when March comes around. 

NCAAB Championship Outright Winners Odds

The NCAA Tournament is always going to be a free for all. With so much talent on the floor, going on an easy run to the finals is easier said than done. With that being said, some favorites have already emerged to win the Big Dance.

As you might expect, Louisville Cardinals hold the best Outright Winners Odds at 10.00, while they're followed by Kentucky (12.00) and Duke (13.00).

NCAA Tournament Outright Winners Odds LIVE BetWay Bet365 Spin Palace Sports

Louisville Cardinals

10.50 10.50 10.00

Duke Blue Devils

12.50 12.00 12.00

Maryland Terrapins

13.00 13.00 13.00

Kansas Jayhawks

14.00 14.00 14.00

Ohio State Buckeyes

15.00 15.00 15.00

Michigan State Spartans

17.00 17.00 17.00

Michigan Wolverines 

18.00 18.00 18.00

Kentucky Wildcats

19.00 19.00 19.00

Oregan Ducks

19.00 19.00 19.00

Virginia Cavaliers 

21.00 21.00 21.00

Arizona Wildcats

21.00 21.00 21.00

Gonzaga Bulldogs

23.00 23.00 23.00

Think the Louisville Cardinals has what it takes to win the championship come April? If so, get your bets in.

Which teams should take home conference titles?

In the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12, there will be plenty of competition this campaign to win conference championships. Each year, there's non-stop battles and programs who separate themselves from one another. So, who has the best shot to raise the hardware?

Duke the favorite to win the ACC

Despite losing Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett to the NBA, the Duke Blue Devils will once again be looked at to be the top dogs in the ACC.

However, don't think for a second North Carolina won't be ready to make a push for the conference championship. 

These two historic programs are always at the top of the conference standings and it's must-see television whenever they meet either in Durham or Chapel Hill.

While Roy Williams and the Tar Heels will have a strong season, look for the Blue Devils to win the regular season title and go on to win the conference tournament as well. 

 

Spartans will be ready to dominate the Big Ten 

Tom Izzo will go down as one of the best coaches to ever be on the college basketball sidelines. Year in and year out, he's had Michigan State as one of the top programs in the country.

His resume speaks for itself. This year, he and MSU will push for not only the Big Ten title, but the NCAA title as well. Stars like Cassius Winston, Joshua Langford and Xavier Tillman will be ready from the start of the campaign to make plenty of noise.

Kansas has the advantage over Texas Tech in the Big 12

When people think of the top basketball conferences in the country, the ACC and SEC often come to mind. However, don't forget to respect the Big 12, as they continue to produce elite programs. This year, both Kansas and Texas Tech will be at the top of the standings.

Bill Self's Kansas Jayhawks enter the year at No. 3 in the national rankings, while Texas Tech is at No. 12. The Red Raiders shocked us all last year, advancing to the NCAA Championship game.

They ultimately fell to Virginia, but they return plenty of firepower. While Kansas should win the conference, keep an eye on TT too.

Oregon Ducks the cream of the crop in the Pac-12

The Ducks are the No. 15 team in the country entering the new year and are joined by No. 21 Arizona in the Top 25.

The Pac-12, though historically has been solid, has been down in recent years. The Washington Huskies have plenty of star talent on their roster too, and could surprise some folks, but this will once again be Oregon's conference. 

 

The SEC has four teams in the Top 25 rankings

Among the most balanced conferences in the country this year will be the SEC. Entering the new campaign, they have four teams in the Top 25: No. 2 Kentucky, No. 6 Florida, No. 22 LSU and No. 24 Auburn. Talk about heavy competition. 

In the end, though, it'll come down to the Wildcats and Gators for the conference title. Who will come out on top? We like Kentucky to get the job done. 

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