College Basketball Handicapping: Who is the Favorite?
As you prepare to make those college basketball bets this season, you will need to ask yourself a critical question – who is the best team in the country now and who is going to cut down the nets when it is all said and done in March? Oddly, these two questions likely have two different answers. Right now, the best team in the country is probably Michigan State. Sparty returns almost everyone off of a team that very nearly reached the Final Four one season ago. They have arguably the best player in the Big Ten in Gary Harris, and with Payne in the middle, they have a shot-blocking presence. Michigan State has experience and continuity, and they play together better than almost any other team.Later in the year, things are going to change a bit.
There are some teams right now that are very raw, including Kentucky and Kansas. These teams have dynamic young players that are going to make an impact in the later months of the season. The problem for these teams is that they have not meshed well together just yet. The ceiling is very high, though.
There are also some traditional favorites like Duke and Syracuse. These teams have all of the pieces to make a deep run in the tournament if they can get a few lucky bounces. Though they are not likely as good as Michigan State, these teams could develop if some of their young talent comes around. If you’re making future college basketball picks to start the year, then these clubs must be on your radar.