The first day of the offseason is upon us, which means it is not too early to look ahead to the 2017-18 season.
The early forecast, at least from the guys in the desert, is that Kentucky is the favorite to win it all next season, coming in with 10-1 odds, according to VegasInsider.com.
The No. 2 favorite? That’s a six-way tie, with Louisville, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Villanova and Gonzaga all getting 12-1 odds.
Seven other teams follow with 20-1 odds.
Kentucky’s backcourt duo of De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk declared for the NBA draft, but if we’ve learned anything about the Wildcats under John Calipari, there is no time for rebuilding. Calipari has the consensus top-ranked recruiting class on its way to Lexington yet again, welcoming in a five-man haul that features no player ranked lower than 32nd among the top prospects for the class of 2017.
All six of the teams getting 12-1 odds crack the top-10 of The Dagger’s way-too-early top 25 for the 2018 season, a list that is topped by — you guessed it — Kentucky.
Arizona and Wichita State are both preseason top-five teams in The Dagger’s early rankings, and both are among the group of seven teams that Vegas has given 20-1 odds to.
If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can go with one of the 23 teams that is getting 300-1 odds to win it all — a group that includes TCU, Ohio State and Texas.
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