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College Hoops Season Betting

Should bettors start wagering on Duke to repeat as the national champions, or will another school be cutting down the nets when April comes around?

The Blue Devils begin the season as the favorite to repeat as the champs at 5/1 at Bovada. Mike Krzyzewski returns with another highly-talented squad despite losing a few players from last year's title team. Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith are both back and give the Blue Devils a nice one-two punch both up front and in the back court, and the additions of freshman Kyrie Irving and transfer Seth Curry could make this year's Duke team better than last season's if they both fulfill their potential. Keep a close eye on Irving especially, as he could be the best point guard the Blue Devils have had in quite awhile.

The date Blue Devils fans should have circled on their calendars in December 1. That night Duke takes on Michigan State in a matchup of two of last season's Final Four teams. The Spartans came pretty close to a national title last season, and Tom Izzo's team returns mostly intact and ready to take that final step this season. Michigan State opens the season as the No. 2 team in the nation behind Duke, and at Bovada they're also behind the Blue Devils on the futures odds at 9/1.

Michigan State's run in the tournament last season was quite a story, and with Kalin Lucas back to 100% they should be the class of the Big Ten again. Throw in tournament standouts Draymond Green, Korie Lucious, and Durrell Summers and the Spartans will be ones to watch once again.

No one lost more in the NBA Draft than Kentucky did last year, as both John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were one-and-done. The Wildcats aren't expected to take a huge step back, though, with some new freshmen including Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb, and Terrence James expected to take the ball and run with it. At Bovada they've listed the Wildcats at 10/1 odds to win the title this season.

If you're looking for a few teams that look like contenders this season that have great preseason value on the odds at Bovada take a look at Kansas State and Pittsburgh. The Wildcats are a 12/1 underdog at Bovada and look like the ones to beat in the Big 12 with Jacob Pullen and Jamar Samuels leading the way.

The Panthers have a history of never living up to the potential the experts place on them, but this could finally be their year to break through. With three major talents in Ashton Gibbs, Brad Wanamaker, and Gilbert Brown leading a deep roster you may want to take the Panthers now at 20/1 before early-season success forces the oddsmakers to move them up the odds list.