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Maui Invitational NCAAB Odds

The latest NCAA basketball tourney to excite bettors is the EA Sports Maui Invitational, which features a boatload of powerhouse teams and former national champs.

Chief among those noteworthy schools and favored to win the tournament is No. 2 Michigan State. The Spartans will open their Maui Invitational as heavy favorites against Chaminade on Monday night at 9:30 p.m. ET. They’ve started the season 2-0, beating Eastern Michigan 96-66 and South Carolina 82-73. While Michigan State covered the 21-point spread at Bovada and Sports Interaction, it didn’t treat bettors right against South Carolina. The nine-point victory didn’t come close to covering the 17 points at Bovada and Sports Interaction.

Durrell Summers leads the way for Michigan State, averaging 20 points per contest, but he’s had solid help from Draymond Green (15 points, 10 rebounds per game) and Kalin Lucas (five assists per game).

The No.17 Washington Huskies are another high-profile school vying for the Maui Invitational title. They battle Virginia on Monday at midnight (11:59 p.m. ET). They’ve started the season 2-0, which shouldn’t come as a surprise for a team that made the Sweet 16 last year, but the Huskies have gotten contributions from unlikely places.

Isaiah Thomas has been ho-hum, averaging 13 points, but Matthew Bryan-Amaning has stolen the show. The English import averages 21 points and 11.5 rebounds through two games. Washington looks good early but didn’t deliver on the 33 points at Bovada in its 98-72 win over Eastern Washington last time out.

Even with John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins NBA-bound, the Kentucky Wildcats are ranked 12th in the country as they arrive in Maui. They open their tournament Monday at 5:30 p.m. against Oklahoma.

Kentucky has to be happy with the way its freshmen have stepped up during its 2-0 start. Brandon Knight leads the team with 19 points per game while Terrence Jones is right behind him with 18.5 points per game. It sure pays to have good recruiting.

The Wildcats made a big statement Friday night at Portland, winning 79-48 and easily covering the 6 points at Sports Interaction.

Bettors also can’t forget about Connecticut. The Huskies’ youth keeps them under the radar but that won’t be the case for long if Kemba Walker has anything to say about it. The guard exploded for 42 points against Vermont last week. UConn will try to improve to 3-0 on Monday against Wichita State at 3:00 p.m. ET.

The Huskies were so heavily favored at home to Stony Brook and Vermont over their first two games that there were no spreads. Monday’s Maui Invitational will mark the first time this year that you can place a wager on UConn at most books.