Assessing the College Basketball Power in the Power Conferences
College Basketball Betting Trends- Assessing the Power in the 2013 Power Conferences
Bovada’s odds to win the 2013/2014 Men’s Basketball Championship have been released for quite some time now. As we get into the’ Dog Days’ of Summer it is a good time to try and assess which of the top conferences in the nation can be truly considered the best heading into next season with the use of these updated futures odds as our measuring stick.
Atlantic Coast Conference
The ACC will always attract attention as being one of the top basketball conferences in the nation because of programs such as Duke and North Carolina and 2013/2014 will be no different with both the Blue Devils and Tar Heels opened as 12/1 fourth-favorites to win it all in 2014. The next team on the list from the ACC is newcomer Syracuse at 28/1. NC State, Virginia and another Big East addition Pittsburgh are all listed at 66/1.
The recent split in the Big East has created an entirely new conference for next season. The American Athletic could actually lay claim to a national title with Louisville listed as a 10/1 third-favorite to successfully defend last year’s title. The next team on the list from this conference is Memphis at 40/1 followed by Connecticut at 50/1.
What is left of the Big East is now comprised of mainly East Coast Catholic schools. While internally it should be a very entertaining and competitive conference, it can hardly be considered a power conference in terms of the national title picture. The teams with the best chance to win next year’s NCAA Tournament would be Creighton, Marquette and Georgetown at 50/1.
This was considered by many to be the top power conference in the country last season and it is shaping-up as the leader for next season as well. At the top of this list is Michigan State at 12/1 followed by Ohio State at 16/1. Michigan would be third at 25/1 and Indiana is fourth at 40/1. Iowa could be a factor at 50/1 and Wisconsin is listed at 66/1. Last season the Wolverines, Buckeyes and Hoosiers all finished ranked in the Top 10 in the final USA Coaches Poll.
This conference boasts the second-favorite to win the 2014 national title with Kansas listed at 13/2. Oklahoma State comes in next at 25/1 but the third team is pretty far down the board with Baylor listed at 66/1.
The Southeast Conference is known as the power conference for football, but not so much when it comes to basketball. The ironic thing is that Kentucky easily has the longest odds to win this season’s SEC football title, but it is the clear favorite to win basketball’s national title at 7/2. Florida’s program is also getting some recognition at 18/1 but the next two teams on the list are Tennessee at 50/1 and Missouri at 66/1.
This conference is led by Arizona at 18/1, but you also have teams such as Colorado at 50/1 and UCLA at 66/1 poised to try and make some noise next season.
The Best of the Rest
The top 20 on Bovada’s list is dominated by the conferences listed above, but a few exceptions to the rule include Gonzaga from the West Coast Conference at 50/1, both St. Louis and VCU from the Atlantic 10 at 50/1, New Mexico from the Mountain West at 66/1 and Wichita State from the Missouri Valley at 66/1.
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