Who Are the Early 2015 March Madness Favorites

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Who Are the Early 2015 March Madness Favorites

Who are the early 2015 March Madness Favorites? Kentucky, Arizona and Duke are obvious. But what about Wisconsin Gonzaga, Louisville and Virginia? Do any of those schools have a shot at the NCAA Tournament this year? Click here to see more March Madness beting odds.

Keep reading to find out!

2015 March Madness Favorites

  • Kentucky Wildcats 11/10
  • Arizona Wildcats 8/1
  • Duke Blue Devils 8/1
  • Wisconsin Badgers 9/1
  • Gonzaga Bulldogs 12/1
  • Louisville Cardinals 14/1
  • Virginia Cavaliers 18/1

Analyzing The 2015 Favorites To Dominate March Madness

It all starts with Kentucky who once again is the favorite to win the NCAA Tournament. Coach John Calipari plays everybody. That means that even a player like Marcus Lee gets 12 minutes a night. Lee would probably start for most teams, but on Kentucky, he’s no better than a reserve. Even with their depth, though, it’s going to be difficult for the Wildcats to win the NCAA Tournament. Forward Alex Poythress is out for the season and Poythress had been giving Kentucky experience. As always, the Wildcats are loaded with talent, but the odds make them an underlay because they might not have that one player, like Shabazz Napier for Connecticut last season, that can will a team to victory.

Speaking of having that one player, Duke does have one. The Blue Devils’ offense revolves around the silky smooth Jahlil Okafor, but their senior guard Quinn Cook might be the person to lead the Blue Devils to the title. Cook, along with junior Rasheed Sulaimon who plays off the bench, have the ability to take over a game. That should give Coach K plenty of reasons to be positive if his awesome freshman has a bad game during the tournament. At the odds, Duke is worth a look.

Another team with a star freshman and strong upper classmen leadership is Arizona. Stanley Johnson has made everybody forget about Aaron Gordon who moved on to the NBA after last season. Johnson leads the team in points at 14 per game. He’s also producing close to 1.6 assists and pulling down 6.5 boards per contest. Arizona has more than just Johnson, though. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Kaleb Tarzczewski, Gabe York and T.J. McConnell all played on Arizona’s Elite Eight squad from last season. The team could give Duke and Kentucky a run for their money when March Madness time comes around.

Wisconsin made it all the way to the Final Four last season. At 9 to 1, they have to be taken seriously, but outside of Frank Kaminsky and Traevon Jackson, the team doesn’t appear to be set for a winning NCAA Tournament run.

As good as Gonzaga is, they probably don’t play good enough team defense to win the National Championship. The Bulldogs average 84.7 points a game while shooting 53.4% from the field. But while Kentucky, Arizona and Duke can go to three different players for the final winning shot, Gonzaga doesn’t seem to have even one Napier.

Virginia figures to run into trouble once they get into their ACC schedule. The defense is absolutely breathtaking, teams score less than 50 points and average less than 33% from the field against the Cavaliers zone defense, but Virginia might not be able to keep up if a team like Arizona, Duke or Kentucky breaks down their defense. The Cavaliers could shut down enough opponents for an Elite Eight or even a Final Four berth, but winning the tournament might be asking too much.

The final favorite to consider is Louisville. At 14 to 1, the Cardinals represent a serious overlay. No team in college basketball is as well coached as Louisville. Rick Pitino can turn average players into absolute studs. He’s got a serious stud in Montrezl Harrell who is averaging 17 points and 10 boards per game. The Cardinals have an excellent guard tandem of Terry Rozier and Chris Jones to go along with Harrell. Basketball handicappers should take Louisville very seriously since they are a much better contender than the 14 to 1 odds suggest.