Friday 30th September 2016,
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Maryland Favored Over Duke, UNC, and UK For 2016 NCAA Title

It has barely been 8 weeks since the NCAA crowned it’s new king of college hoops as Duke took home the 2015 Championship, behind the talents of stud freshmen Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, and Tyus Jones.

Now that the dust has settled this offseason and most top tier high school recruits have committed for the upcoming season, it’s never too early to begin to prognosticate and predict who will be the best squads for next season.

Teams like Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, and California have stellar recruiting classes and will be projected favorites but others featuring a bevy of returning upperclassmen like Gonzaga, Iowa State, and Michigan State, but a surprising team hailing from the Big Ten Conference topped the list of the most recent favorites listed by Las Vegas sportsbook Bovada.

For the first time since 2000, the Maryland Terps are getting some love when it comes to having a legitimate shot to contend for a national title despite the loss of leading scorer Dez Wells.

The Terps are looking mighty formidable mainly due to the return of star freshman Melo Trimble, who spurned millions in the NBA to return for his sophomore season.

Other key returnees for Maryland include transfers Rasheed Suliamon and Robert Carter, as well as Jared Nickens and Top 10 rated high school big man Diamond Stone, who could be a one-and-done player.

Check out the most recent favorites for the 2016 NCAA Title per Bovada……….

Maryland 9/1
Duke 10/1
Kentucky 10/1
North Carolina 10/1
Kansas 16/1
Michigan State 16/1
Arizona 20/1
California 20/1
Iowa State 20/1
Virginia 20/1
Gonzaga 25/1
Indiana 25/1
Villanova 25/1
Wichita State 25/1

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.

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