NCAA College Basketball Betting Odds: Toughest Division in NCAA?
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
by Bodog Sportsbook
The top three teams on the college basketball futures odds board at Bodog Sportsbook right now are from the ACC and SEC, but it's the Big East that probably has the best claim on being the toughest place to play in the upcoming season.
North Carolina Tar Heels leads the way at 3/1 on the college basketball betting lines to win the NCAA Tournament next spring, with fellow ACC school Duke Blue Devils at 8/1, and the SEC's Kentucky Wildcats sandwiched between them at 5/1.
However, while those conferences boast the top odds, the Big East makes up a third of the top contenders to claim the Big Dance in the upcoming season: Each of Louisville (17/2), Syracuse (12/1), Connecticut (25/1), Pittsburgh (25/1), and St. John's (25/1) sit in the first 15 spots on the championship odds list right now.
North Carolina and Duke are the only ACC schools in that top 15, while Florida (18/1) joins Kentucky from the SEC. The Big 12 and Big Ten also offer up two teams each in that top 15, with Texas (18/1) and Kansas (20/1) representing the Big 12, and Ohio State (17/2) and Michigan State (25/1) on the board for the Big Ten.
Also adding to the Big East's claim of being the toughest conference in college basketball? They boast the defending champions in Connecticut, and they had seven teams in the AP Top 25 in last season's final poll.
The Big 12 had four teams in that Top 25, while the Big Ten and SEC had three apiece, and the top-heavy ACC had just the two powerhouses (UNC and Duke). The Mountain West and Pac-10 had two teams in the Top 25 of that poll as well, with one each coming from the Atlantic 10 and Western Athletic conferences.