Duke NCAA Betting Favorites By A Long Shot

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Duke NCAA Betting Favorites By A Long Shot

Very few people can enjoy the type of career that Mike Krzyzewski has enjoyed. The 2016-17 NCAA basketball betting season will mark the 37th year that Krzyzewski has coached the Blue Devils. During his tenure Krzyzewski has enjoyed more success than arguably any other coach in the sport, and will indubitably leave behind one of the biggest legacies in collegiate sports. Under his guidance Duke’s basketball program has risen to national fame and is ubiquitously regarded as one of the best basketball schools in the entire country. The Blue Devils are always favorites amongst the best online sportsbooks because Krzyzewski leads Duke to a successful season each and every year. Of course, 2015 was no exception.

The 2015-16 wasn’t Duke’s best year, but it certainly wasn’t their worst. The Blue Devils finished the season going 25-11, specifically 11-7 in ACC play which tied them for fifth place. In the second round of the ACC Tournament Duke was able to overcome NC State to advance to the quarterfinals where they ended up losing to Notre Dame. In the NCAA Tournament Duke received an at-large bid and NCAA basketball betting fans will remember that they ended up defeating both UNC Wilmington and Yale to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Unfortunately that is as far as Duke would advance since they lost their next contest against Oregon. However, all hope was not lost and solid recruiting would once again result in Duke having the best odds on futures basketball betting lines.

NCAA Men’s Basketball – Odds To Win NCAA Championship 2016-207

Duke Blue Devils +430
Kentucky Wildcats +755
Villanova Wildcats +1425
North Carolina Tar Heels +855

Even compared against the usual NCAA basketball betting favorites, Duke is still the favorite by a considerable margin. The reason for this favoring is the Blue Devils talent-ridden freshman recruits. Amile Jefferson, Duke’s eldest player, has already been a witness to what Duke can do with a one-and-done freshman class, and this year’s recruits are more than likely to find similar success. For the 2014-15 season Duke was able to bring in a freshman class that led the Blue Devils to their 5th national title and the majority of critics are drawing parallels between this team and the 2014-15 team, and Jefferson couldn’t possibly agree more.

“These guys definitely have their own identity from that 2015 team – a lot of talent, maybe even more talent,” Jefferson stated to the media. “But at the end of the day, it’s going to going to be how our group bonds, how our group comes together, how our group learns to win together, and that’s going to be our biggest goal, to be a complete team.”