The Connecticut Huskies may be the defending champions in college basketball but they are not the favorites at the online bookmaker to win the title next season.
North Carolina is the favorite in offshore betting as they look to be loaded for the 2011-2012 season. Here is an early look at the top 10 for next season.
1. North Carolina – The Tar Heels have a ton of talent coming back and two newcomers who could make an impact. North Carolina returns Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Kendall Marshall and they get James McAdoo and P.J. Hairston.
2. Ohio State – The Buckeyes return Jared Sullinger, Aaron Craft and William Buford so they should contend for the title in 2011-2012. Newcomers include Shannon Scott and Amir Williams. The Buckeyes are definitely one of the favorites in offshore betting at SBG for next season.
3. Kentucky – The Wildcats just continue to reload. They lost Brandon Knight and DeAndre Liggins but they return Terrence Jones and Darius Miller. Newcomers are led by Anthony Davis, Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague.
4. Syracuse – The Orange lost Rick Jackson but they return Scoop Jardine, Kris Joseph and Brandon Triche. The Orange has two talented newcomers in Rakeem Christmas and Michael Carter-Williams. It could be a great season for Syracuse.
5. Duke – The Blue Devils lost Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler and Kyrie Irving but Duke is always good. They have Austin Rivers, Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins and they will also have Quinn Cook, Marshall Plumlee and Michael Gbinije.
6. Connecticut – The Huskies lost Kemba Walker but Jeremy Lamb is back along with Shabazz Napier and Alex Oriakhi. The Huskies won’t sneak up on anyone in 2011-2012 and they could be overvalued at the online bookmaker.
7. Vanderbilt – The Commodores return everyone including Jeffery Taylor, John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli. Newcomer Dai-Jon Parker should help.
8. Memphis – The Tigers have virtually their entire team back led by Will Barton, Tarik Black, Wesley Witherspoon and Joe Jackson.
9. Louisville – The Cardinals lost Terrence Jennings but they still have Kyle Kuric in addition to newcomers Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear.
10. Arizona – The Wildcats keep their head coach Sean Miler but they will miss Derrick Williams. They still have Lamont Jones, Kyle Fogg, Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom to go along with newcomers Josiah Turner and Nick Johnson.