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NCAA Basketball Championship Odds Released; Iowa Given 66/1 Odds

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The odds never lie, do they?

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Basketball season tips off in a few short weeks and Vegas is getting ready, releasing new odds on the NCAA title contenders, courtesy Bovada.  Iowa checks in at 66/1, no change from the earlier odds.  Last year, Iowa opened up at 50/1 odds.  The favorites to cut down the nets in April are yet again Kentucky; you might as well just pencil them into that slot every year until Calipari leaves.  The rest of the top five is rounded out by Arizona, Wisconsin, Duke, and North Carolina, with perennial contenders Kansas and Florida lurking just behind them.

School Open Current
Kentucky 5/1 7/2
Arizona 16/1 9/1
Wisconsin 12/1 9/1
Duke 9/1 12/1
North Carolina 16/1 12/1
Kansas 14/1 18/1
Florida 16/1 20/1
Gonzaga 40/1 25/1
Iowa State 33/1 25/1
Louisville 25/1 25/1
Texas 33/1 25/1
Villanova 25/1 28/1
Wichita State 28/1 28/1
Michigan 33/1 33/1
Michigan State 25/1 33/1
Syracuse 33/1 40/1
VCU 40/1 40/1
Virginia 33/1 40/1
Ohio State 50/1 50/1
San Diego State 66/1 50/1
SMU 33/1 50/1
UConn 66/1 50/1
Iowa 66/1 66/1
Oklahoma 40/1 66/1
UCLA 50/1 66/1
Pittsburgh 100/1 75/1
Arkansas 100/1 100/1
Baylor 75/1 100/1
Florida State 100/1 100/1
Georgetown 100/1 100/1
Harvard 100/1 100/1
Indiana 100/1 100/1
Kansas State 100/1 100/1
Marquette 100/1 100/1
Maryland 100/1 100/1
Memphis 100/1 100/1
Miami FL 66/1 100/1
Minnesota 100/1 100/1
Nebraska 66/1 100/1
Notre Dame 150/1 100/1
Oregon 50/1 100/1
Seton Hall 100/1 100/1
St. Louis 100/1 100/1
Stanford 100/1 100/1
Tennessee 100/1 100/1
Cincinnati 100/1 150/1
Providence 150/1 150/1
UNLV 100/1 150/1
Alabama 200/1 200/1
Colorado 75/1 200/1
Dayton 100/1 200/1
Georgia 100/1 200/1
Illinois 150/1 200/1
Missouri 100/1 200/1
NC State 150/1 200/1
New Mexico 200/1 200/1
Oklahoma State 100/1 200/1
St. John's 150/1 200/1
Xavier 250/1 250/1
Arizona State 100/1 300/1
Auburn Off 300/1
BYU 300/1 300/1
California 200/1 300/1
Clemson 200/1 300/1
Colorado State 300/1 300/1
Creighton 200/1 300/1
George Washington 200/1 300/1
Georgia Tech 200/1 300/1
LSU 100/1 300/1
Ole Miss 150/1 300/1
Purdue 200/1 300/1
South Carolina 300/1 300/1
Texas A&M 500/1 300/1
UMass 150/1 300/1
USC 200/1 300/1
Vanderbilt 250/1 300/1
Boston College 500/1 500/1
Butler 500/1 500/1
DePaul 500/1 500/1
LaSalle 300/1 500/1
Penn State 300/1 500/1
Richmond 500/1 500/1
St. Joe's 300/1 500/1
Texas Tech 500/1 500/1
Virginia Tech 300/1 500/1
Wake Forest 300/1 500/1
Washington 300/1 500/1
West Virginia 200/1 500/1

Among Big Ten teams, Wisconsin has the best odds by far; they actually have the joint second-best odds (with Arizona) of any team other than Kentucky.  It will be fascinating to see how Wisconsin handles the burden of heavy expectations this season, as Bo's bunch has often been at their best when relatively little is expected of them and they can sneak up on opponents.  They won't be sneaking up on anyone this year.  Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State (aka, the usual suspects) have the next-best odds in the league, followed by Iowa.  Curiously, this year's Big Ten darling, Nebraska, only has 100/1 odds; perhaps Vegas isn't as sold on this year's iteration of Nebrasketball as the preseason pundits.

Big Ten Odds

Wisconsin 9/1
Michigan 33/1
Michigan State 33/1
Ohio State 50/1
Iowa 66/1
Indiana 100/1
Maryland 100/1
Minnesota 100/1
Nebraska 100/1
Illinois 200/1
Purdue 300/1
Penn State 500/1

*There were no odds listed for Rutgers or Northwestern.

And, just for the hell of it, here are the national championship odds for some of the other teams on Iowa's schedule.  Texas' 25/1 odds offer further confirmation that this year's Longhorn squad should be very good -- and a stiff test for Iowa in a few weeks.  Iowa State's own 25/1 odds are a little eyebrow-raising -- they seem a bit high for a team that lost two of its best and most important players from a year ago (DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim).

Other Opponents

North Carolina 12/1
Iowa State 25/1
Texas 25/1
Syracuse 40/1
California 300/1

Thoughts?  Any odds that seem especially out of whack to you?  Any that look so tempting you can't wait to put a little money on them?  Hit up the comments.