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As the exhibition season begins and Midnight Madness’s get going, I thought it necessary to get in a couple futures as we embark on the season. Futures are a great long term investment, and the motto here is simple.. get to the tournament and you never know from there.
Lets take a look at a couple teams I’ll be personally betting on to cut down the nets in April. Some will be long shots, and the goal there will be to hedge our bets for guaranteed profit!
WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS 16/1— I really love the move to the AAC for the Shockers, as it will give them so much more exposure and they wont have that dreaded “you didn’t play anyone” cloud over their heads come March.
They return everyone from last year’s team, and come back with a little bit to prove after a snub type of seed in the NCAA tourney. Landry Shamet and Markis McDuffie open the season injured, but both should be back fully healthy by December.
They will get to prove it right out of the gate in the Maui Invitational and should be able to shoot up the national rankings with early tough OOC games against a trio of Big 12 schools:the Baylor Bears, Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowbys.
A great offense and a capable group of upperclassmen will lead without the stars until their return, just in time for conference play. Look for this group to be welcomed into the AAC with a conference title and a very high seed come March. Mark my words: as long as we don’t see setbacks with Shamet and McDuffie, this team is an Elite 8 or better group.
MIAMI (FL) HURRICANES 50/1– I’m sure many people are saying Big Man… come on.. It’s Duke’s conference, and you’d be right. But, I have to tell you, with the scandal hitting the Louisville Cardinals and the losses that the North Carolina Tar Heels have had from last season, I think Miami might just be the second best team in the ACC.
Now, I also know Miami might be involved in the scandal, but I get the feeling it’s one particular person involved, and I doubt it will effect the current team much.
With Ja’Quan Newton and Bruce Brown, you have one of the better guard duos in the country. McDonald’s All-American Lonnie Walker will add another double digit scorer into the mix. This team will improve significantly offensively and with a defense they can be proud of. I’m not ready to anoint them ACC winners, but they will be squarely in the field and we all know guard play can let you go on a run in March.
KANSAS JAYHAWKS- 14/1– A team that I absolutely love this year are the Jayhawks.
Do they have an interesting roster reconstruction? Sure they do, but they get Devonte’ Graham back, who I think is a better PURE point guard than Frank Mason. He will join Malik Newman in the back court who is eligible in 2017-18 after sitting out last season due to a transfer. They also return Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Lagerald Vick, who bolster an already talented back court.
McDonald’s All-American big Billy Preston also comes in from the famed Oak Hill Academy and is fantastic in the low post and around the perimeter.
I love the mix of youth and talent that the Jayhawks possess, and in a Big 12 that’s a little down this year overall, I look for Kansas to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament with a number one seed after they cruise to yet another Big 12 title. It should be yet another dominating year in Lawrence this year for Bill Self and company.
You can find me every day at SBRpicks.com and I will have some of my best bets weekly on CCR. I look forward to providing winning picks and leans in my favorite pastime.. the great sport of college basketball.