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- The Virginia Tech Hokies are currently 65-1 to win the 2018-19 college basketball national title.
- Ken Barkley makes the case for placing a futures bet on the Hokies, who very well could land a high seed in the NCAA Tournament.
November and December are interesting months for college basketball futures. As fans, media members, or handicappers, we can agree in some cases on the teams that are good.
Teams like Duke or Virginia or Gonzaga or Michigan.
We don’t necessarily know HOW good these programs are, but we know that they are very likely to get a high seed, have some reasonable, non-zero chance to cut down the nets in March, and should be regarded highly in the market.
Once you get outside of that top tier, though, uncertainty reigns supreme.
There aren’t THAT many great teams this year, and it looks like there will be plenty of 2- and 3-seeds open for business for teams that are farther down the rankings and less respected in the market.
I think one of those teams might be Virginia Tech, which is currently 65-1 to win the title.
I’m not saying the Hokies are a great bet to actually cut down the nets in Minneapolis, but they very well could secure a high seed and get an easier path in the tournament, thus creating lucrative hedge opportunities down the road.