Kentucky, Duke, Louisville early favorites for 2018 at 10-1 odds

ByDavid Purdum ESPN logo
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Three powerhouse programs that failed to reach the Final Four this season sit atop some of the first odds to win next season's college national championship in Las Vegas.

The Westgate SuperBook has installed Kentucky, Dukeand Louisvilleas co-favorites, each at 10-1 to win the 2018 NCAA tournament.

After reaching this season's championship game, North Carolinaand Gonzagaare in the next tier of teams in the Westgate's odds at 12-1. Kansasand Villanovaare also 12-1. Arizona, at 15-1, is the only other team with odds better than 20-1 at the Westgate.

Kentucky reached the Elite Eight before losing to North Carolina. Coach John Calipari's Wildcats routinely face plenty of offseason roster transition and are expected to experience significant turnover again next season. Freshman guards De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are considered top-10 NBA prospects by ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford. Fox announced Monday that he will enter the draft. Monk had not publicly declared as of Monday afternoon.

Duke freshman forwards Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles also could be lottery picks. Louisville is the only one of the three early favorites at the Westgate not to have a player projected as a lottery pick in this summer's NBA draft.

Indiana, with new coach Archie Miller, is listed at 20-1. Michigan, Wichita State, Floridaand Michigan Statealso are 20-1.

UCLAis in a group of teams at 25-1, with star point guard Lonzo Ballhaving already announced his intentions to enter the NBA draft.

Oregon, which reached the Final Four, opened at 60-1. South Carolina, which also reached this season's Final Four, opened at 100-1.

Georgetown, with new coach Patrick Ewing, is 200-1.

Other sportsbooks are expected to post odds to win the 2018 national championship in the coming days. Next year's Final Four will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

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