another strong set of teams in the Big East for 2012/13. Which schools are the basketball odds makers favoring in the futures odds? Nine different schools notched at
least 20 wins last year. Can we expect that kind of parity again this season?
Louisville (+850 to win national title)
Not only did the Cardinals win the Big East but they also
went out and made a terrific run in the NCAA tournament, getting all the way to
the Final Four.
Louisville returns a number of starters, including Peyton
Siva, who was recently named an All-American alongside Cody Zeller, Doug
McDermott, Michael Snaer and Deshaun Thomas. Siva was awarded the MVP of the
Big East tournament last season and should only improve with another season
under his belt.
The Cardinals also have Wayne Blackshear out in the
perimeter, making their backcourt one of the better ones in the nation. Russ
Smith and Mike Marra give Rick Pitino depth at the two guard positions, too.
Then there's Gorgui Dieng, one of the country's best
defensive players, and Chane Behanan in the frontcourt. In short, this team is
stacked and fully deserves to be this high on the futures list.
Sure, the Orange lost essentially all of their top
performers from last season, but that hasn't really upset their chances of
competing for the Big East crown again.
Gone are seniors Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine as well as
early NBA draft entries Dion Waiters and Fab Melo.
The only starters who are back in Syracuse are Brandon
Triche and C.J. Fair, while James Southerland, Rakeem Christmas, Baye Keita and
Michael Carter-Williams should also step up and get more minutes this coming
Jim Boeheim will also have Trevor Rooney available after he
decided to redshirt last season because of that stacked backcourt.
Recruiting-wise, the Orange have two top recruits in DeJuan Coleman and Jerami
Grant coming in.
Georgetown (+6000), Cincinnati (+6000), Pittsburgh
(+6500), Notre Dame (+8000)
There's a deep dropoff after Louisville and Syracuse with
the Hoyas, Bearcats, Panthers, and Fighting Irish all relatively close to one
another in the college basketball odds.
Within this group, there's a couple senior standouts that
could lead their respective teams to glory.
First is Tray Woodall, the silky smooth point guard for
Pittsburgh. Woodall is finally fully healthy and will assume even more
responsibility now that Ashton Gibbs has graduated.
Jack Cooley epitomizes what the Fighting Irish are all
about, a hard-working big man who owns the glass when on the court. He was
second in the Big East in rebounding last season (8.9 RPG) and added 12.5
points per contest and an excellent 62.5 percent shooting percentage as well.
Of those four teams, you'd have to think Notre Dame
represents the best value. This is a team that's returning all five of its
starters from last year.
There's Providence (+10000), Marquette (+10000), Villanova
(+11000), Seton Hall (+12000) and South Florida (+20000) who should be
competitive in the conference.
Also, be on the lookout for
DePaul's Cleveland Melvin, who averaged 17.5 PPG and 7.4 RPG as a sophomore.
His play could help the Blue Demons, the worst team in the Big East last
season, become relevant in the conference again. They're listed at +30000 by