College Basketball Betting Trends- Offseason Update May 9
While most bettors are focusing their full attention on the current NBA Playoffs, it is important to still keep touch with what is going on in the world of college basketball. Some of these offseason developments could end up having a direct impact on a team’s chances to not only win its conference next season but a national title as well.
The Duke Blue Devils continue to reload after making it all the way to the Elite 8 last season before coming up short against eventual champion Louisville. This past week they landed the No.2-ranked senior in the ESPN’s Top 100 when Jabari Parker signed his letter of intent to play his college basketball at the school. Some of the other schools that were on his short list include Michigan State, Florida, Stanford and BYU.
This is a major addition to a team that BetOnline had already opened as one of its top-five favorites to win next season’s title at +800. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has to be chomping at the bit to get back to work with the addition of the 6-foot-8 forward who has become one of the most sought after recruits in years. Parker led Simeon Career Academy in Chicago to four-straight state titles to earn a top-five ranking from four separate major recruiting services. This player alone could move the Blue Devils to the top of the futures odds list depending on how the betting public reacts to this news.
The Atlantic 10 Conference is not considered one of the Majors when it comes to college basketball, but it continues to move up the ranks in statue with the announcement that Davidson will join the fold starting in 2014 after opting out of the Southern Conference. The Wildcats will join George Mason, which will play in the A-10 this upcoming season after leaving the CAA.
Before the start of last season, both VCU and Butler were added to the lineup and both programs made it to the third round of this year’s NCAA Tournament. La Salle made some serious noise in the tournament by knocking off Kansas State and Ole Miss to make it to the Sweet 16 and all-told there were a total of five teams from the A-10 in this year’s field of 68. Since then, Butler and Xavier have decided to join the new-look Big East, which opened the door for the new additions.
The current odds to win a national title next season for a few of these teams have St. Louis, which won the A-10 title last year and VCU at +5000 along with La Salle and Temple at +10000.
In some player movements this offseason, Kansas State point guard Angel Rodriguez has decided to transfer to Miami (FLA) to be closer to his family in Puerto Rico. As a sophomore with the Wildcats last season he averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 assists a game. He is hoping to be able to play next season after petitioning the NCAA for a hardship waiver to avoid sitting out a year. Kansas State is currently listed at +3000 to win a national championship next season, while the Hurricanes are listed at +10000.
Tennessee guard Trae Golden has decided to leave the Volunteers after the spring semester to play his senior year elsewhere. He was the team’s third-leading scorer last season with 12.1 points a game while adding another 3.9 assists. The departure is reportedly tied to academic issues that would have most likely made him ineligible to play for the school next season anyway. Tennessee’s current odds to win it all are listed at +5000.
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