We are barely one month following Duke winning their 5th NCAA crown over Wisconsin, and the major story-lines center around longtime Florida head coach Billy Donovan leaving the college ranks to be the head man of the OKC Thunder, several top 20 high school recruits that are still uncommitted, and whether Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns or Duke’s Jahlil Okafor will be the top pick in the upcoming 2015 NBA Draft.
Now that we have a better handle on which players are returning to school or leaving for the NBA, as well as which schools have the top incoming recruiting classes, it’s apparently never too early to take a look at who will be potentially making a Final four run next season.
According to gambling giant Bovado, these teams have been given the best odds to win the 2016 NCAA Championship…..
Michigan State 10/1
North Carolina 10/1
Iowa State 18/1
NCAA bluebloods Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State, and North Carolina are the obvious frontrunners due to some stellar recruiting classes, aided by Top 10 rated recruits like Brandon Ingram(Duke), Skal Labissierre and Isaiah Briscoe (Kentucky), Caleb Swanigan (Michigan State), with UNC returning everyone except JP Tokoto.
With the return of Melo Trimble for his sophomore season as well as incoming stud big man Diamond Stone, Maryland looks like the early best team in the Big Ten, Iowa State and Kansas again look to be the class of the Big 12, and Kyle Wiltjer’s return to Gonzaga helps bolster a frontcourt that could be the best in the nation.
Who is your favorite to win in 2015-2016?
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.