Odds makers have placed the Kentucky Wildcats as the biggest favorite starting the NCAA basketball regular season in many years.
Kentucky looks on paper to be leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of college basketball as the season begins this week.
According to Bovada and topbet, the Wildcats are available at just 9 to 5 to win the NCAA National Championship next April.
However, when one is betting, low prices are not good. Odds that low to win the national championship are almost unheard of.
Not even in 2011-12 did the Kentucky squad that had the likes of Anthony Davis start the season which such low odds, according to betonline and sportsbook.com. That season, the Wildcats did win the national championship.
Despite the low value with a short price, the Wildcats have drawn a high percentage of the future bets at many online betting sites.
Close to 48% of the entire money for NCAA futures has been place on Kentucky, said one online betting site spokesperson. Kentucky has received, said the spokesman, five times more money than the next team Arizona.
Bettors know that Kentucky reached the Final Four last season and are comfortable betting even with the short odds. The media is telling everyone that Kentucky has a dozen NBA players, can play like an NBA Playoff team and could go undefeated during the season.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari has between 10 and 12 players who could start on any other team in the country. His bench is so deep he has worked on a platoon system so that his players all are given ample opportunity to help the team win.
In terms of money that has been wagered on the futures for the NCAA Championship, following Arizona is the North Carolina Tar Heels, Wisconsin Badgers, UConn Huskies, Duke Blue Devils, Michigan State Spartans and Texas Longhorns.
The list of teams being bet on the most includes three of the four teams that competed in last season’s Final Four. Last season Kentucky, UConn and Wisconsin were amongst the last four standing, along with Florida.
Below is a list of the top 15 odds to win the NCAA National Championship in 2015.
2015 NCAA Basketball Tournament Odds
KENTUCKY WILDCATS 9 to 5
ARIZONA WILDCATS 7 to 1
DUKE BLUE DEVILS 10 to 1
WISCONSIN BADGERS 10 to 1
NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS 15 to 1
FLORIDA GATORS 18 to 1
KANSAS JAYHAWKS 18 to 1
GONZAGA BULLDOGS 20 to 1
TEXAS LONGHORNS 25 to 1
LOUISVILLE CARDINALS 30 to 1