Mon May 24 09:36pm EDT
It's no surprise that oddsmakers have annointed Duke, Michigan State and Purdue as early favorites to win next season's national title, but the rest of this list seems to give college basketball's blue bloods more respect than they deserve.
Why is Kansas so far ahead of Big 12 rivals Kansas State, Baylor and Missouri? How does UCLA have the best odds among West Coast teams? And what are UConn or Louisville even doing on this list at all?
Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean oddsmakers believe these teams will be better than prognosticators think next season. More likely, it's just means more money will be wagered on recognizable teams like UConn and UCLA than on under-the-radar programs like Missouri or Virginia Tech.
Either way, here's a look at Sportsbook.com's 2010-11 early favorites to win the national title:
Duke (6:1), Michigan State (10:1), Purdue (12:1)
Syracuse (25:1), Pittsburgh (25:1), Memphis (25:1), North Carolina (25:1), Butler (25:1), Florida (25:1), Illinois (25:1), Kansas State (25:1)
West Virginia (30:1), Texas (40:1), UConn (40:1), Louisville (40:1), Xavier (40:1), Georgetown (40:1), Wisconsin (40:1), Baylor (40:1)
UCLA (50:1), Tennessee (50:1), Gonzaga (60:1), Marquette (60:1), Missouri (60:1), Washington (75:1), BYU (75:1)