What a difference a week makes. Last week Arizona was sitting at 6 to 1 odds to win the 2015 NCAA men’s Basketball National Championship.
Then two twins with the last name of Harrison decided they would hold off signing for possibly millions of dollars to play and the NBA and return for their sophomore years at the University of Kentucky.
That decision by Aaron and Andrew Harrison changed the odds at Bovada and topbet making Kentucky the new favorite to win the national title.
When the odds were first released only hours after the April 7 national championship games, the Arizona Wildcats were the projected favorites, however with the Harrison deciding to return, Kentucky vaulted up to No. 1. Prior to the announcement Kentucky was 12 to 1 to win the national title, but now sit at 4 to 1 on betonline and sportsbook.com.
Who stays and who heads to the NBA influences greatly the futures for the NCAA season.
Usually the odds between the national championship game and the last day to enter the NBA draft are kept low. Bookmakers do not want to be exposed if they put high odds on a team thinking a player will leave to play in the NBA, but then stays for another collegiate season.
The Wildcats of Arizona, which opened at 6 to 1 as the favorite to win the 2015 national title, have watched their odds go from 6 to 1 to 12 to 1 after Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon all announced they were leaving the team for the NBA draft.
The Kentucky Wildcats odds did the opposite, shortening from 12 to 1 to 4 to 1 thanks to the Harrison twins. The Duke Blue Devils have been sitting in second place since the futures were first released and there they remain at 8 to 1 after opening at 7 to 1.
Arizona was not the only team that saw its odds lengthened from the time the original futures list was released.
Michigan is losing Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary to the NBA Draft. The Wolverines odds went from 30 to 1 to 50 to 1.
UCLA is losing Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams and saw their odds go from 50 to 1 to 60 to 1.
UConn, the current national champions will lose DeAndre Daniels. The Huskies odds went from 75 to 1 to 100 to 1.
Syracuse will lose Jerami Grant and Tyler Ennis to the NBA draft and their odds went from 40 to 1 to 50 to 1.
Duke’s price was changed from 7 to 1 to 8 to 1 as Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker declared for the NBA draft.
Top 5 Odds to win NCAA Basketball Championship 2015
Kentucky Wildcats 4 to 1
Duke Blue Devils 8 to 1
Florida Gators 12 to 1
Kansas Jayhawks 12 to 1
Wisconsin Badgers 12 to 1