Now that the Associated Press has released its preseason Top 25 list for college basketball, it’s time to really start to focus on that sport. Even though football is still going to dominate the action over the next few weeks, basketball will have its moment later this year as well.
The preseason rankings don’t necessarily mean anything once the action begins; it’s still a great way to break down teams prior to the season starting. Betting odds at BetOnline have also been released for the conference champion in many of the biggest leagues.
Here is a look at three of the top conferences in college basketball and the teams that are going to end up winning those races.
No Drama in Big 12; Kansas Favored at +200
The Kansas Jayhawks were the number 1 team in the AP preseason poll, and they were in that position by a wide margin. Kansas is a team that is loaded with talent, and it’s going to take a supreme effort from another program if they are going to knock them off this season.
Not only are the Jayhawks the number 1 ranked team in the preseason, but they are also a big betting favorite to win the Big 12 Conference. Kansas has odds set at +200 to win the Big 12 Conference this season, but there are some other great teams in this conference as well.
The Houston Cougars are joining the Big 12 Conference this season, and they are next on the list at +325. Beyond that, you are going to see the Texas Longhorns at +450 and the Baylor Bears at +650.
While there are certainly plenty of teams that can win the Big 12 Conference this season, you need to take the Jayhawks at +200 as they are not going to be denied in the Big 12 Conference this season.
Battle in the Big East: Golden Eagles at +260 to Upset the Odds
The Creighton Bluejays are the betting favorites to win the Big East this season, but this is a league that is going to be loaded with solid teams. UConn just won the national championship out of this league, and they aren’t even expected to win the conference this season.
Connecticut does have odds set at +300 to win the Big East this season, and those are the third-best odds on the board. Creighton is the leader at +220, and the Marquette Golden Eagles are in the middle of those teams at +260.
This conference always seems to be a league that is extremely competitive, and there will be about six teams that actually can win this title. Since there isn’t much separation between these teams, it’s best to take the best player.
Bet on Tyler Kolek and the Marquette Golden Eagles at +260 to win the Big East Conference.
Dynamic Duo in Big Ten: Purdue and Michigan State at +275
You can usually make the argument that the Big Ten Conference is the deepest in the country, and that will likely be the case this season as well. There are about ten teams in the Big Ten that can make the NCAA Tournament this season, but that doesn’t mean that they can all win the conference title.
In fact, this title race is going to come down to just two teams, and they are two of the best teams in the entire country. Those two teams are Purdue and Michigan State, and each team currently has betting odds at +275 heading into this season.
Purdue was the best team in the conference a season ago, but that’s not going to be the case this time around. Bet on the Michigan State Spartans at +275 to win the Big Ten Conference championship.