Early 2023-24 NCAAB Odds: Duke Favored to Win Title

UConn Tied for Third in Early Betting Odds

Connecticut isn’t quite favored to repeat as NCAA basketball champions. But it’s pretty darn close. The Huskies are tied for third in the early 2023-24 NCAAB odds, trailing just Duke and Kentucky.

The Blue Devils come in as the favorites, followed by the Wildcats, with Kansas, Marquette and Connecticut next. A number of NCAAB teams have odds posted on them, with the traditional powers going off at the lowest odds.

Those predicted to have the top recruiting classes are typically among the favorites. The top five teams in 247Sports’ recruiting rankings are each in the top 10 of the early 2023-24 NCAAB odds.

The Favorites

Blue Devils logo Duke Blue Devils (+1000)

Decent odds on the Blue Devils, who are favored to win it all in the early 2023-24 NCAAB odds. For Duke, it’s a question of which players hang around for another season. Dariq Whitehead has already declared for the NBA draft, and big man Kyle Filipowski is expected to do the same. The same goes for Dereck Lively. But the Blue Devils have another talented recruiting class coming in, ranking No. 2.

Wildcats logo Kentucky Wildcats (+1200)

It wasn’t a typical Kentucky season but next year’s team looks pretty lethal. Incoming players DJ Wagner and big man Aaron Bradshaw will be fun to watch. Sophomore Ugonna Onyenso is primed for a big season and Robert Dillingham is the No. 2 point guard in the 2023 recruiting class. Kentucky will be strong and the recruiting class is ranked No. 1.

Jayhawks logo Kansas Jayhawks (+1400)

The Kansas Jayhawks are going to lose some top talent from this year’s squad. Gradey Dick already declared for the NBA draft and Jalen Wilson should follow. But the Wildcats are ranked in the top five in recruiting for the upcoming season and have some talent coming back.

Golden Eagles logo Marquette Warriors (+1400)

The Warriors had a decent recruiting class, although not as strong as the others. Marquette was ranked No. 23 in recruiting, so it will have to rely on returning talent a little more. The Marquette Warriors could see Oso Ighodaro and Olivier-Maxence Prosper move on. The Warriors have a solid foundation.

Huskies logo Connecticut Huskies (+1400)

It’s never easy to repeat as NCAA champions, but the Huskies have some solid players coming back and had a great recruiting class. UConn’s class was ranked No. 4. Guard Jordan Hawkins is a likely first-round pick but the Huskies are talented as evidenced by their 26-11-1 record against the college basketball spreads.

The Second Tier

Boilermakers logo Purdue (+1600)

For a program of Purdue’s caliber a No. 67 recruiting class has to be a disappointment. Still, the Boilermakers will be strong once again. A bet on Purdue is really a bet that Zach Edney will stick around for another season. He has yet to commit his plans for next season.

Tar Heels logo North Carolina Tar Heels (+1800)

It was a disappointing season for the Tar Heels, but UNC will be back. North Carolina didn’t have a great recruiting class, landing a pair of 4-star recruits. But the Tar Heels will return some talented players from last year’s squad and be back to winning ways in short order.

Crimson Tide logo Alabama Crimson Tide (+1800)

No question, the Tide is going to lose some serious talent from this year’s squad. But a recruiting class featuring three 4-star players has Alabama faithful feeling a bit better heading into next season. Alabama should see Brandon Miller taken in the top six picks of the draft. And he’s unlikely to be the lone Alabama player selected, with Noah Clowney taken near the bottom of the first round.

Spartans logo Michigan State Spartans (+1800)

The Spartans have the No. 3 recruiting class, with two 5-star players and a pair of 4-star recruits. Xavier Booker is going to be a good one. MSU has some decent players who could return but haven’t announced their decision.

Wildcats logo Arizona Wildcats (+1800)

While most of the top teams had strong recruiting classes, the same can’t be said for Arizona. The Arizona Wildcats are near the bottom of the conference. Arizona is expecting Azuolas Tubelis to enter the draft but should have several key contributors back for another season.

Best of the Rest

Creighton, Texas (+2000)

Solid payouts on a pair of solid programs, as the Bluejays and Longhorns are both +2000 in the early 2023-24 NCAAB odds. Texas was No. 25 in recruiting but Creighton was far down the list at No. 97.

Houston, UCLA, USC, Arkansas (+2200)

Four strong programs, with USC and UCLA rated as having the best recruiting classes, both ranked in the top 14. Houston was ranked No. 18 and Arkansas comes in at No. 27.

Gonzaga, Baylor, Tennessee (+2500)

It’s more of the same here, with Gonzaga ranking No. 36 in recruiting, which is the lowest of the three teams. All three teams are strong and nobody can say it’s a huge surprise if one of them claims the national title.

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