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Duke, Kentucky, Kansas the Vegas favorites to win title, reach Final Four

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Thanks to the addition of Reid Travis and Ashton Hagans to the roster for the 2018-19 season, Kentucky and Duke are now co-favorites to win the 2019 national title, according to odds released by the Westgate Sports Book in Las Vegas.

Both of the bluebloods are getting 5-1 odds to win the title and 5-4 odds to get to the Final Four, while Kansas and Oregon are sitting at 6-1 and 7-1 odds, respectively.

If you’re looking for a couple of good futures bets to make, Gonzaga at 30-1 odds to win the national title is absurdly low. For my money, the Zags are right there with Duke, Kentucky and Kansas as the best team in college basketball next season — personally, I have them second — and here they barely crack the top ten.

I also love Tennessee at 50-1 odds. The Vols are the reigning SEC champions that return the reigning SEC Player of the Year and sit in the top six of just about every preseason poll. I will certainly be holding those tickets before the odds get corrected.

Here is the full list.

TEAM TITLE ODDS FINAL FOUR ODDS
Duke 5-1 5-4
Kentucky 5-1 5-4
Kansas 6-1 5-4
Oregon 7-1 5-1
Nevada 12-1 3-1
North Carolina 18-1 9-2
Michigan State 20-1 9-2
Virginia 20-1 9-2
UCLA 20-1 7-1
Villanova 30-1 7-1
Gonzaga 30-1 7-4
Auburn 30-1 10-1
West Virginia 30-1 7-1
Michigan 40-1 7-1
Florida 40-1 10-1
Wichita State 40-1 10-1
Indiana 40-1 10-1
Purdue 50-1 12-1
Tennessee 50-1 12-1
Syracuse 50-1 12-1
Texas Tech 60-1 15-1
Florida State 60-1 15-1
Virginia Tech 60-1 15-1
Western Kentucky 75-1 75-1
Arizona State 80-1 20-1
Cincinnati 80-1 20-1
Ohio State 80-1 20-1
Clemson 80-1 20-1
Miami 80-1 20-1
NC State 80-1 20-1
Texas 80-1 20-1
Texas A&M 80-1 20-1
Kansas State 80-1 20-1
Maryland 100-1 25-1
Vanderbilt 100-1 25-1
Mississippi State 100-1 25-1
Louisville 100-1 25-1
LSU 100-1 25-1
Baylor 100-1 25-1
Penn State 100-1 25-1
Wisconsin 100-1 25-1
Xavier 100-1 25-1
St. John’s 100-1 25-1
Butler 100-1 25-1
TCU 100-1 25-1
Arizona 100-1 25-1
Arkansas 100-1 25-1
Alabama 100-1 25-1
Notre Dame 100-1 25-1
St. Joseph’s 100-1 100-1
Seton Hall 200-1 50-1
Iowa State 200-1 50-1
Missouri 200-1 50-1
San Diego State 200-1 50-1
Illinois 200-1 50-1
Providence 200-1 50-1
Southern California 200-1 50-1
Houston 200-1 50-1
Creighton 200-1 50-1
Oklahoma 200-1 50-1
Saint Mary’s 200-1 50-1
Minnesota 200-1 50-1
SMU 200-1 50-1
Memphis 200-1 50-1
South Carolina 200-1 50-1
Marquette 200-1 50-1
Georgetown 200-1 50-1
Washington 200-1 50-1
Rhode Island 200-1 50-1
Utah 200-1 50-1
Buffalo 200-1 200-1
Marshall 200-1 200-1
Northern Iowa 200-1 200-1
Richmond 200-1 200-1
Utah State 200-1 200-1
New Mexico State 200-1 200-1
Charleston 200-1 200-1
DePaul 200-1 200-1
Dayton 200-1 200-1
St. Bonaventure 200-1 200-1
VCU 200-1 200-1
Oregon State 300-1 75-1
Northwestern 300-1 75-1
Iowa 300-1 75-1
Nebraska 300-1 75-1
Goergia 300-1 75-1
Oklahoma State 300-1 75-1
UConn 300-1 75-1
Boise State 300-1 75-1
Boston College 300-1 75-1
New Mexico 300-1 75-1
UNLV 300-1 75-1
Davidson 300-1 75-1
Valparaiso 400-1 400-1
Northeastern 400-1 400-1
Montana 400-1 400-1
Georgia State 400-1 400-1
Bradley 400-1 400-1
Colorado State 400-1 400-1
Wright State 400-1 400-1
Furman 400-1 400-1
Grand Canyon 400-1 400-1
Middle Tennessee 400-1 400-1
Southern Illinois 400-1 400-1
Toledo 400-1 400-1
Louisiana 400-1 400-1
Belmont 400-1 400-1
Missouri State 400-1 400-1
La Salle 400-1 400-1
Tulane 400-1 400-1
Pennsylvania 400-1 400-1
Western Michigan 400-1 400-1
UAB 400-1 400-1
Vermont 400-1 400-1
Stanford 500-1 125-1
Illinois State 500-1 100-1
Loyola-Chicago 500-1 100-1
UCF 500-1 100-1
Wake Forest 500-1 100-1
BYU 500-1 100-1
Temple 500-1 100-1
Georgia Tech 500-1 100-1
Colorado 500-1 100-1
Ole Miss 500-1 100-1
Saint Louis 500-1 100-1
Fresno State 500-1 100-1
Harvard 500-1 100-1
Old Dominion 500-1 100-1
Rutgers 500-1 100-1
Tulsa 500-1 100-1
UC Davis 1000-1 1000-1
South Dakota 1000-1 1000-1
UNC Greensboro 1000-1 1000-1
San Diego 1000-1 1000-1
North Texas 1000-1 1000-1
Iona 1000-1 1000-1
East Tennessee State 1000-1 1000-1
Wofford 1000-1 1000-1
San Francisco 1000-1 1000-1
UC Irvine 1000-1 1000-1
UTSA 1000-1 1000-1
Kent State 1000-1 1000-1
South Dakota State 1000-1 1000-1
Massachusetts 1000-1 1000-1
Liberty 1000-1 1000-1
Yale 1000-1 1000-1
Rider 1000-1 1000-1
George Mason 1000-1 1000-1
Ball State 1000-1 1000-1
Louisiana Tech 1000-1 1000-1
Florida Gulf Coast 1000-1 1000-1
Southern Miss 1000-1 1000-1
South Alabama 1000-1 1000-1
Northern Kentucky 1000-1 1000-1
Monmouth 1000-1 1000-1
Washington State 1000-1 1000-1
Princeton 1000-1 1000-1
Cal State Fullerton 1000-1 1000-1
Stephen F. Austin 1000-1 1000-1
Jacksonville State 1000-1 1000-1
Indiana State 1000-1 1000-1
Ohio 1000-1 1000-1
Eastern Michigan 1000-1 1000-1
North Dakota State 1000-1 1000-1
Miami (Ohio) 1000-1 1000-1
Towson 1000-1 1000-1
Weber State 1000-1 1000-1
Georgia Southern 1000-1 1000-1
Bucknell 1000-1 1000-1
Illinois-Chicago 1000-1 1000-1
Seattle 1000-1 1000-1
Texas State 1000-1 1000-1
Duquesne 1000-1 1000-1
Utah Valley 1000-1 1000-1
Milwaukee 1000-1 1000-1
Hawaii 1000-1 1000-1
Wyoming 1000-1 1000-1
William and Mary 1000-1 1000-1
Albany 1000-1 1000-1
UNC Wilmington 1000-1 1000-1
California 1000-1 1000-1
UCSB 1000-1 1000-1
Cleveland State 1000-1 1000-1
Portland 1000-1 1000-1
UMBC 1000-1 1000-1
Central Michigan 1000-1 1000-1
Pittsburgh 1000-1 1000-1
Oakland 1000-1 1000-1
Evansville 1000-1 1000-1
Texas-Arlington 1000-1 1000-1

Duke’s White to chair NCAA selection committee for 2019-20

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Duke athletic director Kevin White will serve as the chairman of the NCAA Tournament selection committee in 2020.

The NCAA announced White’s role Friday. White will serve as vice chairman this season for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee headed by Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir, then take over for the 2019-20 season.

White has been a committee member since the 2015-16 season.

In a statement, White called it “an incredible honor” to serve on the committee and be selected for a leadership role.

Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen served as chairman of the committee last season and will rotate off the committee Sept. 1.

Ohio State grabs five-star 2019 point guard D.J. Carton

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Ohio State landed one of the biggest commitments so far this summer on Saturday as five-star Class of 2019 point guard D.J. Carton pledged to the Buckeyes.

The 5-foot-11 Carton burst onto the national recruiting scene this spring as he went from a relative unknown into a five-star prospect. Although Carton doesn’t play on a major shoe-company circuit he impressed national scouts and college coaches with his play during the April live evaluation period with Quad Cities Elite — the same program that produced quality college players like Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ and Montana State’s Tyler Hall.

An explosive athlete who can play above the rim, Carton showed a high amount of upside during the USA Basketball U18 tryouts in June as he competed against many of the top players in his class.

Ohio State is landing a key piece at an opportune time as they now have a lead guard of the future to help build around. Carton is only the third five-star prospect to commit from the Class of 2019 so far, as he’s the No. 17 overall prospect in the Rivals national rankings. Carton joins in-state four-star wing Alonzo Gaffney in the Buckeyes’ 2019 recruiting class as Ohio State has the makings of a potential top 10 recruiting class.

With where Ohio State was last summer, with head coach Chris Holtmann taking the job in June and the roster lacking scholarship players, the Buckeyes have had a monster turnaround in the last 14 months. Ohio State now, once again, looks like a scary team when it comes to recruiting as they should be a major factor for some elite prospects.

Alabama lands four-star wing Juwan Gary

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Alabama added a quality wing to its Class of 2019 recruiting haul on Friday as four-star Juwan Gary pledged to the Crimson Tide.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Gary has been a known national prospect since his freshman season as the South Carolina native is an athletic two-way wing who thrives in the open court. Although Gary still needs to polish up his jumper, he has the potential to be an impact player in the SEC, especially if Alabama gets him going in transition.

Gary joins four-star forward Diante Smith in the Crimson Tide recruiting class in 2019 as now head coach Avery Johnson and his staff can focus more of their efforts on adding to a potentially strong class. Pulling Gary out of South Carolina — especially in light of recent NCAA tournament success from in-state programs like South Carolina and Clemson — is an impressive recruiting win for Alabama.

Former UCLA guard Billy Knight was facing child molestation charges before suicide

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Former UCLA guard Billy Knight, who took his own life earlier this week, was arrested in June for sexually abusing a nine-year old girl, according to court documents that were obtained by The Mercury News.

The alleged assaults occurred in April of 2017 and Knight was reportedly arrested in Arizona in June. He was being charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of sexual abuse, and two counts of molestation of a child.

Knight posted a video to YouTube prior to his death saying that he had lived a life of “sin”.

Jalek Felton signs pro contract in Europe

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Jalek Felton’s college basketball career is over.

The former North Carolina point guard has signed a pro contract with Olimpija Lubiana, a club team in Slovenia, they announced.

“I’m happy to join a club like Petrol Olimpija,” Felton said in a statement. “This is a club with a rich tradition, where many NBA players have begun their careers. For me, this is a big step. I know that this will be a great challenge for me and I am ready to go there and work. My agent told me that Olimpija will play in various competitions and that makes me all the more pleased. Playing in such competitions with Olympia in Europe will prepare me for playing in the NBA. The city looks nice and I heard that basketball there is a religion, so this will be an interesting experience.”

Felton, the nephew of former UNC guard Ray Felton, was a five-star prospect that played in 22 games as a freshman with the Tar Heels. But he was suspended from the program in January and, in March, withdrew from school.

He averaged just 2.9 points in his one season in Chapel Hill.