Andrew Wiggins finally put pen to paper this past Tuesday and signed off to attend Kansas this fall. With that quick stroke of the pen the last significant puzzle piece fell into place for the 2013-14 season. There are still hundreds of transfers that have yet to settle on a new home, but the majority of those athletes will be forced to sit out this upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules.
So with that, the Vegas bookmakers have recalibrated their books now knowing more or less what rosters will look like next season, allowing us to give them a gander to see where the Vegas ‘experts’ expect the money to flow.
I don’t think anyone would be surprised to see Kentucky and their arguably greatest recruiting class of all time as the favorite, but 5/1 seems to be a bit absurd. You’re better off waiting for them to lose to Louisville in December and grabbing them at 10/1 or so. And speaking of Louisville, they share the two spot on the list with Duke at 12/1. Florida, Arizona, Kansas and Michigan St. are thereafter at 15/1.
Ohio St. (18/1), North Carolina (25/1), Michigan (30/1) and Syracuse (40/1) are next in line before we arrive at the first Big East team on the list, Georgetown, at 50/1. Shortly after the Hoyas we find Creighton at 60/1 and Marquette and Butler both at 70/1.
I won’t be putting a dime on any such futures bets, but if I were, I’d put a few shekels on Marquette at 70/1. I know the Golden Eagles lost Vander Blue to his early departure for the NBA, and Junior Cadougan and Trent Lockett both to graduation, all three who were starters last year, but they return starters Davante Gardner and Jamil Wilson along with Todd Mayo and Chris Otule who received significant playing time last year. Along with that solid core, Marquette is bringing in the #11 rated recruiting class per ESPN which includes three top-100 recruits JaJuan Johnson (27th), Deonte Burton (39th) and Duane Wilson (53rd). And on top of that, all that Buzz Williams does is make the NCAA Tournament and advance to the second weekend (another thing Buzz does is wear amazing outfits, as shown above). This could be the year he makes it to the third weekend.
The complete listing of future odds for Big East teams is below and given that these are bound to fluctuate between now and November due to the flow of public money and other factors, we will revisit this topic closer to the start of the season.
In the meantime, I encourage you to comment below on which of these Big East long shots, if any, that you like for the upcoming season and why.
St. John’s 125/1
Seton Hall and DePaul not listed. You can take the field at 100/1.
Futures odds provided by Vegasinsider.com which were provided to them by Sportsbook.ag.