Day by day, the BBN groans in anxiety as arguably the most anticipated basketball season in Kentucky history inches closer.
Such high anticipation comes from the thought of the greatest recruiting class in College Basketball history alongside one of the best coaches in John Calipari.
As usual, the odds to win the 2014 National Championship are up in Las Vegas so here’s a quick preview to see where the dice have landed this year.
There is no surprise that Kentucky has landed the best odds to win the 2014 Championship. That is to be expected when you land the best players at nearly every position and still have major talent left over from the 2012-2013 season. It seem the only odds against the Cats this year would be if they beat themselves.
Once again it is no surprise that Kansas falls right behind Kentucky in the odds. With the top ranked recruit in Andrew Wiggins, any team’s odds would surely increase. Not to mention they have two other top 15 recruits in Joel Embiid (6th overall) and Wayne Selden (14th overall). In addition, they have the 46th overall player in Connor Frankamp and 47th overall in Brannen Greene. The talent in Lawrence, Kansas will surely make its presence felt.
3. Michigan State
Nobody seems to be talking about the Spartans up to this point, but they should pan out to be in the conversation come March Madness. Unlike Kentucky and Kansas, Michigan State was not a hot spot for top recruits. With veteran guards like Keith Appling and Gary Harris, who have mastered the “coach on the court,” combined with tremendous talent, Michigan State will look to make a deep tournament run.
Duke is another team who usually has a spot reserved for them come late March. Duke brought in three top 40 recruits including the 2nd overall recruit in Jabari Parker. In addition, they have a wealth of of talent returning from last season including Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood. With one of the greatest if not the greatest coach in College Basketball history in Coach K, this will surely be a solid all around team come tournament time.
The Cards are (okay just skip this section) fresh off a National Championship victory and are returning key contributors like Russ Smith, Chane Behanan, Montrezl Harrell, and Wayne Blackshear. Louisville also added top JUCO transfer Chris Jones who will take on the task of replacing Peyton Siva as well as two top 100 recruits in Anton Gill and Akot Agau. These players should add depth to the Cardinals. The talent on the Cards doesn’t seem to be mind boggling like it is for the Wildcats or the Jayhawks, but with a Hall of Fame coach in Rick Pitino and veterans returning, you have to throw Louisville into the Championship mix.
(h/t ESPN.com College Basketball Recruiting)
(h/t Vegas Insider.com)
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