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Two Las Vegas sports books install Kentucky as early 2013-14 favorite

May 15, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT

John Calipari AP

In the aftermath of Andrew Wiggins’ decision to attend Kansas, many opined that John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats would be fine due to the arrival of an eight-member recruiting class that includes six McDonald’s All-Americans.

The folks in Las Vegas seem to be in agreement.

Both Vegas Insider and Bovada have installed the Wildcats as the early favorites (5/1 odds on both sports books) to cut down the nets at Dallas Cowboys Stadium next April.

The interesting thing about the futures are the differences after Kentucky. While Bovada has Kansas in at 11/2 odds (second-best odds on the book) the Jayhawks aren’t as highly regarded by Vegas Insider, which has Kansas’ odds set at 15/1.

Following Kentucky on Vegas Insider’s board are Duke and defending national champion Louisville at 12/1, with Arizona, Florida and Michigan State joining Kansas at 15/1.

As for the Bovada odds, Kansas is followed by Louisville (17/2), Michigan State (12/1), Duke (14/1) and Arizona (15/1). North Carolina, which was one of the four finalists in the Wiggins “sweepstakes,” has its odds set at 16/1 on Bovada’s book and 25/1 on Vegas Insider’s book.

Florida State, considered by many to be the favorite to land Wiggins, has odds of 75/1 (Bovada) and 80/1 (Vegas Insider).

Some other interesting odds that stick out are Syracuse sitting at 40/1 on Vegas Insider (25/1 on Bovada) and Oklahoma State (50/1 odds on both books).

The Orange will makes its move to the ACC without three starters from this past season’s Final Four team but Jim Boeheim still has plenty of talent to work with, led by forward C.J. Fair and incoming freshmen Tyler Ennis and Tyler Roberson.

As for Oklahoma State, Travis Ford’s team was hailed as the extremely early favorite in the Big 12 following the decisions of Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and Le’Bryan Nash to return to Stillwater.

But with Kansas landing Wiggins that has changed in the eyes of more than a few prognosticators, which could turn the Cowboys into a value pick for bettors.

h/t CBS Sports

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  1. cranespy - May 15, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    …..and if they don’t cut down the nets…..with 5 of the Top 10….and 3 holdovers……if they end the season before 4.1.14 ……. Cal will be on the ledge ready to jump.

  2. saint1997 - May 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Surprised by the lack of love for OSU. Thought they should be up there with the 15/1 club

    • bigmeechy74 - May 16, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      I agree. That number seems ridiculously high. But as a long suffering OSU fan, trust me, they won’t win it all. Way too good to be true. They should’ve won it all in 2004 but lost at the buzzer to freaking Georgia Tech in the Final Four. (Man that still stings…)

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