The Wait Is Finally Over!!: Way-Too-Early Odds On March Madness 2014 Are Out
As is the case in almost everything in 2013, the shelf life for enjoyment of the 2013 NCAA men's championship game (a thrilling 82-76 Louisville win over Michigan) was a total of about five minutes before we started looking ahead to 2013-2014.
Just like what rec-center gym rats are used to.
Almost immediately after the game was over, already odds for which team would be conducting the exact same celebration that Louisville was conducting live on my television screen were floating around social media and the interwebs.
So without further ado, here they are, courtesy of R.J. Bell, founder of the excellent wagering website pregame.com (@RJinVegas, for an excellent Twitter follow), your 2014 men's basketball title odds:
21. Minnesota: 35/1
This appears to be Vegas trying to troll money off of people who a) think Richard Pitino is the second coming of his old man or b) are really shitfaced and think that Richard Pitino actually is his old man. "Rick Pitino left Louisville....wwhhaaa???....aagghzzzlhhjhjk...."
20. UCLA: 30/1
19. Pitt: 30/1
18. NC St: 30/1
Mark Gottfried, Jamie Dixon, Steve Alford are the head coaches of these teams. If you're into burning your money on a whole bunch of nothing, I'd recommend lotto tickets. There's a higher payoff and better actual odds than any of these guys winning in March.
17. Marquette: 30/1
Vander Blue stays, and we can discuss 30/1 for Marquette. Blue goes, so does your money if you fire on this.
16. Indiana 30/1
This number clearly has Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo moving onto the NBA baked into it. If the Hoosiers returned their entire cast, they'd be a Top 5 team. instead, like Kansas and a few others listed above, they're counting on a strong recruiting class to carry the day next season.
15. Creighton 28/1
Same assessment as Marquette, just replace "Vander Blue " with Doug McDermott.
14. Kansas 25/1
The bad news? Kansas graduates four starters and freshman Ben McLemore might be going pro. The good news? Four Top 50 recruits are coming in, point guard Naadir Thorpe returns, and Bill Self always seems to find a way to have Kansas in the mix.