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Odds: Kentucky, Duke, Wisconsin early favorites to win 2014-15 title

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

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The NBA Draft deadline has passed and now we know the projected lineups for most of the early national title contenders for 2014-15. Bovada released updated national championship odds for next season on Monday, picking Kentucky and Duke as the odds-on favorites to win it all next season.

A few notes:

No surprise to see Kentucky at the top. The return of Andrew and Aaron Harrison -- not to mention Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee -- made the Wildcats a consensus pick for preseason No. 1 and their title odds (5/1) reflect their place as the team to beat for the entire season.

High expectations for the blue bloods. After Kentucky and Duke, there are five elite programs all given favorable odds to win the title in 2014-15. That means there will net-cutting expectations at Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona, Florida and North Carolina. These teams normally get spotlighted regardless of preseason projections, but the collective buzz should make for a fun start and (hopefully) finish to next season.

Most interesting wager? Wichita State . Wichita State returns both Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker next season, though they are losing a tremendous talent in Cleanthony Early. Gary Parrish has the Shockers as No. 8 in his preseason Top 25+1 and oddsmakers have them grouped between the trio Louisville/Michigan State/Villanova and Iowa State/Michigan/SMU. That regular season schedule should allow for a favorable tournament seed, and 28/1 presents some value if you think this Gregg Marshall-led program still has Final Four potential.

Check out the full list of odds, courtesy of @BovadaLV:

Kentucky 5/1

Duke 9/1

Wisconsin 12/1

Kansas 14/1

Arizona 16/1

Florida 16/1

North Carolina 16/1

Louisville 25/1

Michigan State 25/1

Villanova 25/1

Wichita State 28/1

Iowa State 33/1

Michigan 33/1

SMU 33/1

Syracuse 33/1

Texas 33/1

Virginia 33/1

Gonzaga 40/1

Oklahoma 40/1

VCU 40/1

Ohio State 50/1

Oregon 50/1

UCLA 50/1

Iowa 66/1

Miami FL 66/1

Nebraska 66/1

San Diego State 66/1

UConn 66/1

Baylor 75/1

Colorado 75/1

Arizona State 100/1

Arkansas 100/1

Cincinnati 100/1

Dayton 100/1

Florida State 100/1

Georgetown 100/1

Georgia 100/1

Harvard 100/1

Indiana 100/1

Kansas State 100/1

LSU 100/1

Marquette 100/1

Maryland 100/1

Memphis 100/1

Minnesota 100/1

Missouri 100/1

Oklahoma State 100/1

Pittsburgh 100/1

Seton Hall 100/1

St. Louis 100/1

Stanford 100/1

Tennessee 100/1

UNLV 100/1

Illinois 150/1

NC State 150/1

Notre Dame 150/1

Ole Miss 150/1

Providence 150/1

St. John's 150/1

UMass 150/1

Alabama 200/1

California 200/1

Clemson 200/1

Creighton 200/1

George Washington 200/1

Georgia Tech 200/1

New Mexico 200/1

Purdue 200/1

USC 200/1

West Virginia 200/1

Vanderbilt 250/1

Xavier 250/1

BYU 300/1

Colorado State 300/1

LaSalle 300/1

Penn State 300/1

South Carolina 300/1

St. Joe's 300/1

Virginia Tech 300/1

Wake Forest 300/1

Washington 300/1

Boston College 500/1

Butler 500/1

DePaul 500/1

Richmond 500/1

Texas A&M 500/1

Texas Tech 500/1

 
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