Tar Heels, Wildcats lead college hoops futures

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The Kentucky Wildcats don’t sit atop the current NCAA Tournament futures list at Oddsmaker, but they do hold down the No. 1 ranking in the polls heading into their matchup against Indiana on Saturday (5:15pm ET).

The Wildcats picked up a marquee victory last time out, beating the North Carolina Tar Heels at home by a score of 73-72. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led Kentucky with 17 points and 11 rebounds in that contest, while gradeessaywriter.co.uk Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones scored 14 points apiece in the victory for the Wildcats.

Harrison Barnes and Tyler Zeller each tossed in 14 points in that loss for the Tar Heels, who also fell victim to UNLV a week earlier. That defeat against the Rebels managed to knock North Carolina out of top spot in the polls and made room for the Wildcats; the Tar Heels sit at No. 4 in the polls this week, behind each of Kentucky, Ohio State, and Syracuse.

Still, North Carolina remains the favorite to win the NCAA Tournament this season at Oddsmaker at +350 odds, followed by Kentucky at +400, Ohio State at +600, Syracuse at +800, and Baylor at +1000. Duke and Connecticut round out the top tier of contenders for the title at +1200 odds, with Kansas set at +1500 odds.

Kentucky’s 8-0 record on the season is paired with just a 3-4 mark against the spread, and their Saturday opponent from the Big Ten has been kinder to bettors so far this year – the Hoosiers are 8-0 straight up and 4-0 against the spread.

Indiana’s last game came on Sunday at home against Stetson, who they managed to crush 84-50 behind a 16-point effort from Cody Zeller. Victor Oladipo added 13 points for the Hoosiers in that game, while Zeller led the team with seven boards.

The Wildcats and Hoosiers met last season as well, with Kentucky pounding Indiana by a score of 81-62 at home in that December victory. The Wildcats covered the 12.5-point spread in that OVER result, making them 4-1 both straight up and against the spread in their past five games against the Hoosiers.

The nation’s other top teams are in action on Saturday as well, with No. 2 Ohio State playing on the road against No. 13 Kansas, No. 3 Syracuse hosting George Washington at the Carrier Dome, and No. 4 North Carolina getting a visit from Long Beach State. No. 5 Louisville will be at home against Fairleigh Dickinson.

Also on Saturday it’ll be Washington vs. No. 7 Duke and Cincinnati at No. 8 Xavier in other notable matchups. Friday’s lone game involving a ranked team has Rider at No. 12 Florida, while Sunday features Detroit at No. 16 Alabama, Murray State at No. 21 Memphis, and Coppin State at No. 24 Illinois.

For all your college basketball lines for this week’s action head over to Oddsmaker.

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