With Andrew Wiggins finally picking his school for next season, Bovada has released its national-title odds for men's basketball in 2013-14. Surprised? Well, casinos out in the desert usually wait for all the NBA defections to occur. Then, if there are a few big-time recruits still waiting in the wings -- like we saw this season -- the numbers don't get put up until May.
(It's similar to how we shift our offseason Top 25 (and one), which was tweaked this week.)
So, with that in mind, here's how you can lay your cash down in Vegas right now. The Wiggins factor doesn't vault Kansas as the favorite over Kentucky, but it squarely puts Bill Self's team at No. 2, a spot that it most definitely wouldn't have been in if Wiggins wound up at Florida State, UK or UNC. The defending national champions -- who bring plenty back -- are third, while Michigan State and Duke round out the top five. I've passed along basically the top 40 teams. It's a relatively safe bet that one of these clubs will snip the nets next season, but good luck guessing the right one.
There are two prop bets related to Wiggins posted below the team odds.
2013-14 national-title odds
Michigan State 12-1
North Carolina 16-1
NC State 50-1
New Mexico 50-1
Saint Louis 50-1
St. John's 66-1
Wichita State 66-1
Will Wiggins be the No.1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft? Yes: -300 (1-3); No +200 (2-1)
Over/under on Wiggins' points-per-game average for 2013-14: 18