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Vegas still has Kentucky as the favorite to win the 2014 NCAA Title

The landscape of college basketball certainly became more balanced when Andrew Wiggins, the #1 recruit in the 2013 class, chose Kansas earlier today. Had Wiggins picked Kentucky, the Wildcats appeared to be nearly untouchable. Although Kentucky still has the most talent, and the #1 rated recruiting class, things remain a little closer at the top with the top 5-6 teams. According to Las Vegas odds in light of Wiggins’ decision though, Kentucky still remains the favorite to win the 2014 national championship with 4-1 odds. 

Kentucky  4-1

Kansas  10-1

Duke   12-1

Michigan State  12-1

Florida  12-1

Arizona  12-1

Louisville   12-1

Ohio State  15-1

North Carolina  15-1

Michigan  25-1

Syracuse  30-1

VCU  40-1

Gonzaga   75-1

…. Rhode Island  and Georgia, yes Georgia…500-1


The biggest winners from the Andrew Wiggins decision?

– Obviously Kansas became a potential national title contender simply with the addition of the nation’s top player. Kansas would not have had nearly enough pieces without him after losing a significant number of players from last year’s roster. Kanas jumped from 30-1 odds in April to 25-1 odds on Monday. Today, 10-1 odds. #AndrewWigginsEffect

– Duke, Michigan State, Florida, Arizona, Louisville, Ohio State… This group of teams would have been a major notch below Kentucky had the Wildcats added Andrew Wiggins to the roster. Without him, they are still not quite on Kentucky’s level– but they are certainly within striking distance.


The biggest losers from the Andrew Wiggins decision?

– North Carolina and Florida State. Even though Kentucky would have benefited greatly from adding Wiggins, North Carolina could have really leapfrogged all of the teams mentioned above (Duke, Mich St, Louisville, etc) and joined Kentucky in the elite category for next season. Without Wiggins, UNC will still be in the mix, but they are probably 1 or 2 players away from really having enough to climb into the elite. Florida State essentially remains a non-factor in the national title picture without Wiggins.

– Rhode Island and Georgia… Although likely not dependent on Wiggins’ decision at all.


Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

40 Comments for Vegas still has Kentucky as the favorite to win the 2014 NCAA Title

  1. mike
    5:04 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Julius randle will have a better year then wiggins and watch wiggins will still be the overall #1 pick in next years draft .

  2. Stony
    5:08 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I understand that Wiggins is a great talent but to give them second best odds at winning the NC…Please!!! They will be very good but I don’t see them being better than MSU, Florida, little brother.

  3. I love UK fans
    5:13 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    please UK fans keep betting on your team so I can get better odds against them. Such an overhyped, unknown team

  4. Camala
    5:13 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Bet big on the Cats
    It is as sure thing as sure things get

  5. I love UK fans
    5:14 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I will say that UK football will probably be an over bet though with a healthy max smith, better coaches, and better (albeit young) talent

  6. Rei
    5:15 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I agree fully with the guy who yelled in that vine video. Wiggins is an attention seeker and a selfish person, using UNC and UK to drag his decision out until the last moment.

  7. Bobbum man
    5:16 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    40-1 for VCU? Didnt know they had a basketball team

  8. Jalso
    5:19 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Last year UK was 10 to 1 and they lost to Robert Morris in the NIT

    Use the money to build a real sewer for your trailer

  9. #9 is a troll
    5:25 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    #9 — go drink gasoline you troll.

  10. kybb
    5:26 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    @2, that video wasn’t the reason why Wiggins chose Kansas. Come on…

  11. Jalsos-an-idiot
    5:26 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Funny you’re obviously not a uk but yet you know the odds of them winning the NC last year? Also why are you even on a kentucky website? How about you get a life and go troll another website.

  12. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    5:26 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Had Kentucky landed AW, what would these odds look like? 3-1? 5-2? 2-1? That’s pretty nuts to think about.

  13. KevinM
    5:27 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Did the entire college basketball world just breathe a sigh of relief on this selection?

    I think so.

  14. woah
    5:30 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    #1 I was thinking the same exact thing. But Wiggins has gotten so much hype from his recruitment that even if he had a bad year he would still be considered number 1. He is a great player though and the thing that makes him #1 over randle is probably his potential to score from anywhere. I also think James young is being slept on he is quite possibly the best shooter in the class.

  15. Ed has Tickets
    5:33 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I was disappointed we didn’t get Wiggins, but I thought about this line-up and got over it quickly.


    Trucker Clock!!!!….who wants some?

  16. williamtitan
    5:36 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

  17. tdogg40330
    5:37 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    16) I hear ya, come get some !!!

  18. I don't get it
    5:38 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    What’s the big deal? A kid who was going to spend a few months in college chose to pick a team that has no legitimate shot at winning a title. To me, Kansas odds are more like those of Syracuse with Wiggles. Kansas basically lost their starting five from last year. They have a bunch of low level backups still on the team. They are getting a couple of above average talent freshmen, and a very raw talent in their incoming center. We have 8 incoming freshmen, all of which are talented in their own right. Poythress, Stein, and Wilt who are very talented individuals and will continue to improve. Not to mention a steady 5-10min. backup point in Polson who at this point reminds me a little bit of Anthony Epps and may play a similar, albeit, backup role on this years team. JUST MY 2 CENTS.

  19. Yeah
    5:39 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I have a feeling julius randle is going to unleash the beast inside Alex poythress and our desire for wiggins will be over. Btw I just saw a video of julius randle taking Chris walker directly to the basket and dunking on his head. That made me feel better. Just imagine poythress and julius in the same lineup.. Nice.

  20. Трол
    5:40 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    ЮК сакс

  21. Al/in/Indy
    5:41 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    It’s over, done, completed, ended. Nothing we can do but go on and kick everyone’s butt next year. But still what;s really cute is that Uvel Trolls are still dragging their sorry asses on a UK website acting that we don’t have a chance for number 9 next year. That is soooo cute, because the average Uvel fan barely has enough brain cells to count to 5, as in 5 star recruits. Their ratty assed, old tatted coach can’t even get into a 5*s house muchless recruit one…
    Keep on coming in here trolls, I love to read how really stupid you can be!

  22. Jerk
    5:43 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Did wiggins not learn anything from Josh Selby and shabazz? Self can’t coach, chokes ever year,and just because you have talent does not mean you can motivate, UCLA… Prime example. Dont think wiggins is all that great, watched him play in tv games, not nearly as impressive as Randle. But if randle would have went anywhere besides UK, he would have been ahead of wiggins.

  23. Ahmed
    5:44 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Thank you Ali for providing very good information

  24. Alphonso
    5:47 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    He learned something from Goodwin and Poythress

  25. Cats
    5:50 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    8, Im surprised no one responded to you. VCU really… dont know about them?? Come March there one of the most fun teams to watch and with arguably the best younger coach in all of college bball.

  26. Jerk
    5:54 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Same way with anyone who goes to duke, they are automatically number one. Dumba$$ bunch of sports writers, can’t stand cal and UK. What has Kansas got? One player who claims to not want attention, and joins a team that has no players so he can shine, in a league that sucks and has sucked for a long time, that’s why Kansas wins it every year. He is just trying to skate through and stuff his stats so the media will make him there darling and lobby for him to be the #1 pick, just wait and see…

  27. BPsycho
    5:58 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    #2 I didn’t see the video but now that he’s chose Kansas. **** Andrew Wiggins we don’t need em anyway! lol

    Naw but seriously, wish him luck?…….. HE IS THE ENEMY NOW, no thanks. You don’t wish him a torn acl either like some of these jagholes.

  28. Shawn
    5:59 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    #16…I’m retweeting you. Just so I’m assured there are no copyright enfringements

  29. Jim
    5:59 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    This guy Wiggins made a big mistake. I hope we get to play Kansas and spank their asses and he will see what a big mistake he ultimately made….

  30. Jerk
    6:00 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Hey there Alphonso, Archie is going to the NBA, and so will Poythress after next year. So you need to go find the fresh prince will smith and you guys relive your glory days,MORON!!!!

  31. Shawn
    6:00 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink


  32. John Ratzenberger
    6:00 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Freshmen are:
    Andrew Harrison 6’5″ 210 lb.
    Aaron Harrison 6’5″ 205 lb.
    James Young 6’6″ 210 lb.
    Julius Randle 6’9″ 250 lb.
    Marcus Lee 6’9″ 220 lb.
    Dakari Johnson 6’10” 250 lb.
    Derek Willis 6’9″ 220 lb.
    Dominique Hawkins 6’1″ 190 lb.

    Stein 7′ 250 lb.
    Poythress 6’7″ 242 lb.
    Wiltjer 6’10” 245 lb.
    Polson 6’2″ 190 lb.
    Hood 6’7″ 215 lb.

    FOLKS… I THINK WE WILL BE “ALRIGHT” next year, don’t worry so much.

  33. OH YEAH!!!
    6:07 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Team capable of going 11-12 deep next year. Not a lot of drop off through the top eight players, with a little more from nine-thirteen. Top 10 players on team will see significant minutes with an up and down tempo, full court pressing athletic type team. Lots of points, steals, etc. Should be very entertaining and realistically possible for championship #9 by end of season considering how much freshmen typically improve from beginning to end of season. Lets enjoy this UK FANS.

  34. Under Arm Sniffer
    6:11 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Something Smells like Tard fans. I think I’m gonna throw up #34.

  35. Under Arm Sniffer
    6:12 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    #35 scratch that…original #34 has been deleted sorry.

  36. Brian
    6:48 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Dear 9,

    Stereotypes are hurtful and just show ignorance. If I called you a line bearded, flat billed thug with a “get this trash out of here” high school diploma Card fan, that wouldn’t be nice. Would it? Or if I called you a welfare, cousin loving, methhead Hoosier…still inappropriate. Thing is stereotypes don’t always hold true. I live in a pretty nice home. Not even section 8 (gasp!). I’ve had real plumbing all my life. Also, if I were to bet, judging by the simpleton comment you made, I most assuredly (look it up, I know it’s a biggie for your wil bwain), could beat your arse in Jeopardy, Trivial Pursuit, or any other endeavor of smarts you might want to participate in. Have a good night. Douche nozzle.

  37. rj
    7:20 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    fellow cat fans just ignore the trolls, there just like dog shit on your shoe,just scrape it off and keep on walking. we are going to dominate next year, so may I leave you with a quote from the back seat of aaron harrison’s car ” FU-K ANDREW WIGGINS!”

  38. Louisville
    10:13 am May 15, 2013 Permalink

    Championships by State – California 15, Kentucky 11, North Carolina 11…..then Indian 5. OK, I’m rooting for Louisville, but let’s keep it in the State one way or the other.

  39. Don
    5:28 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    Use the list of #33 and play 40 minutes of hell. Fullcourt pressure defence the whole game and play everyone, we will wear every team down and breathless by the end of the game. Give Pitino and every other team a dose of our medicine.