Thursday, July 26, 2007
Today I'll take a look at the odds to win the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, as given at sportsbook.com, and talk about who I think is the best value. Again, best value, not the favorite.
Tennessee Volunteers, 30-1: This shouldnt' be a surprise, as I've talked about how good I think Tennessee will be on here before. With three quality, experienced guards, two very good post players, and some quality people off the bench, they are going to be a very, very good team.
Syracuse Orange, 40-1: I expect them to struggle a bit early with such a young team, although Boeheim usually has a pretty cake schedule early, but after getting used to each other they could be very dangerous. With Devendorf and Paul Harris returning, and being joined by a top recruiting class including two McD's All-Americans, the Cuse should make a nice run this season.
Louisville Cardinals, 12-1: Odds are not very much with them at 12-1, but I think they are the favorite this year, and the odds don't reflect that, so I see value. Basically the same team as last season, which I think was a Final Four caliber team, but just ran into a better Texas A & M team too early. I also have a man-crush on Rick Pitino.
Indiana Hoosiers, 25-1: DJ White is awesome,and he's back for his senior year and looking to dominate. Eric Gordon might be the best freshman in all of college basketball. Indiana also picked up a four-star center and four-star power forward to put down low with White. Gordon, AJ Ratliff, JC Signee Jamarcus Ellis, and freshman Jordan Crawford will be able to pick up the slack from graduated Earl Calloway and Roderick Wilmont. Kelvin Sampson is a very good coach. I like this Hoosier team this year.