A new season of college basketball tips off on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Right off the bat, there are two major showdowns on the board between the top four teams in the nation using the preseason rankings in the Associated Press Top 25.

The State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden features a 7 p.m. tip on the undercard between the ACC’s No. 4 Duke Blue Devils against the Big 12’s No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks. The main event on ESPN that night is a scheduled 9 p.m. showdown between the SEC’s No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats and the Big Ten’s No. 1 Michigan State Spartans. The early betting lines for this game at BetOnline sportsbook have Michigan State favored by 2.5 points. Duke gets the early edge in the first matchup as two-point favorites.

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Checking all the sportsbook reviews along with the BetOnline sportsbook review with futures betting, here is a breakdown of the best college basketball teams this year.

Betting The ‘Best of the Best’

As the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, this could be Michigan State’s year to cut down the nets as season-ending champs. Favored to be named Player of the Year, Cassius Winston leads the Spartans’ starting five along with Xavier Tillman. If this Big Ten power can live up to all the lofty expectations while staying healthy along the way, its +600 odds to win it all would provide a nice payday come early April.

Kentucky has the second-best odds to win the 2020 national title at +800. Along with the usual mix of top-flight freshmen such as Tyrese Maxey and Khalil Whitney, the Wildcats added Nate Sestina as a transfer from Bucknell to improve their championship chances. This is always a team to watch come tournament time and this year is no exception.

Betting the Best of the ACC

When it comes to betting the NCAAB futures to win this season’s national title, the Blue Devils are third on the list at +1000 betting odds. As perennial contenders to win the annual NCAA Tournament, long-time head coach Mike Krzyzewski has assembled another strong freshman class of recruits to join the veteran talent on this team led by sophomore Tre Jones. 

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You already know that Duke will be a factor in the season-ending Big Dance to add immediate value to these odds.

The Virginia Cavaliers are last year’s champions, but they are a bit further down the list at +1600 odds along with the North Carolina Tar Heels. After Duke, the Louisville Cardinals have the best odds on the board for an ACC team at +1400. They went 20-14 last season with five players returning from that squad. Louisville already qualifies as a legitimate Final Four team and they could be the best the ACC has to offer this year.

Betting the Best Mid Major Program

Right in the mix with teams from Power 5 conferences is the American Athletic Conference’s Memphis Tigers. Ranked No. 14 in the AP preseason poll, the Tigers are tied with Kansas and Louisville at +1400 to win a national title this year. They landed five recruits ranked in the Top 60 and if they all come together quickly, this should be a fun team to watch this season.

Betting Odds move to +1600 for the SEC’s Florida Gators to join Virginia and North Carolina in the next tier. Both the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Villanova Wildcats are next at +2000. Texas Tech’s odds are +2500 followed by Maryland and Oregon at +2800.

About the Author

A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites.  I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.

It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.

The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.

My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.

I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.

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