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Can Kansas Repeat As National Champs?

NCAA championships are over and portal season is in full force so creating odds right now is more fun than anything. Current college basketball betting tips have the typical blue bloods for next year to win the title.

Kansas +1000

Gonzaga +1200

Kentucky +1500

Arizona +1500

Duke +1500

Arkansas +1600

Houston +1800

UCLA +1800

North Carolina +1800

Baylor +1800

KANSAS

The defending national champion Kansas Jayhawks are going to have the best odds to win it all again. Head coach Bill Self finally earned his second title this past tournament as Kansas took down North Carolina in the finals. Going into next year, the Jayhawks should have plenty of depth to be in a good spot to repeat. Zach Clemence could be an intriguing piece to the puzzle next year, considering his ability to shoot from the outside. Bobby Pettiford could also take a step forward in 2022-23.

Their roster will have a bit of a different look with Kansas is expected to lose five scholarship seniors to graduation: David McCormack, Ochai Agbaji, Remy Martin, Jalen Coleman-Lands and Mitch Lightfoot. Senior non scholarship players include Chris Teahan has also used up his eligibility.

Starting point guard Dajuan Harris, a sophomore, is expected to be the Jayhawks’ lead guard in 2022-23. Third year combo guard Joseph Yesufu, who was immediately eligible this season after playing two seasons with Drake, also is eligible to return. Redshirt senior forward Cam Martin is ticketed to return for his final season of college basketball. One never knows if freshmen are happy with their roles or if they’ll enter the transfer portal. KU freshmen eligible to return are: Bobby Pettiford, who missed most of the 2021-22 season because of injury, as well as Kyle Cuffe, Zach Clemence and forward KJ Adams.


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