Stuckey’s Favorite College Basketball National Title Futures: Don’t Forget Auburn
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- Stuckey breaks down his favorite college basketball national title futures for 2018-19, including one longshot at 2000-1 odds.
- Auburn's experienced backcourt and deep frontcourt make the Tigers' 45-1 title odds very enticing.
Believe it or not, college basketball betting starts on Tuesday. And for those who are wondering, there are 136 days until the NCAA Tournament — also known as adult Christmas.
SEC basketball is legit this season and I think that will show come March. Count me in on the Vols, who are 35-1 to win the national title at the time of writing.
Some quick additional context: I generally prefer college hoops future bets that pay at least 30-1. I get that Duke, Kentucky and Kansas have rosters with the most potential, but I just don’t see much value at their respective prices.
So, without further ado, let’s try to find another winner like last season’s 30-1 Villanova, starting with a team at that same price before digging into four others.
*All odds via 5Dimes as of Monday night
Syracuse Orange: 30-1
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This is the team nobody will want to see come March.
I still don’t know how Syracuse scored enough to win a few games in last year’s tourney, but head coach Jim Boeheim just finds a way with his unique style in March. Syracuse’s offense was absolutely horrendous last season, but the Orange had the perfect personnel to fit his 2-3 zone.
Well, they return all five starters — which is the first time since 2000 that Boeheim has that luxury — led by guards Frank Howard and Tyus Battle. Not only will their main rotation players be more mature and better on the offensive end, Syracuse will actually have some depth this season, which is something it severely lacked last season.
Even Boeheim’s son, Buddy, will help in that department — especially with perimeter shooting, which ‘Cuse could desperately use. While the long-term depth is not a major concern, the Orange could potentially be without starting point guard Frank Howard and their two backup PGs for their opener against Eastern Michigan.
Good luck to the top seeds that see the Orange in their section of the bracket in March, especially if there’s a double-digit seed number next to Syracuse’s name.
Auburn Tigers: 45-1
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