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Kentucky is among the favorites again for the 2015-16 NCAA national championship, with oddsmakers at the Westgate Superbook opening UK at 10/1 along with Duke and Virginia. However, if you’re looking for a massive score come March Madness, these four teams below could be live long shots to win the national title in 2016.
Michigan Wolverines (40/1): The Wolverines were bitten by the injury bug this past season and didn’t get to play to their potential. Michigan lost Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton and could return both as well as Spike Albrecht, Zak Irvin, and Ricky Doyle. The Wolverines were the 18th youngest team in the country and will have a ton of experience back for 2015-16. Big Ten giants Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Ohio State are expected to take a step back, opening the door for Michigan.
Baylor Bears (40/1): There’s a bad taste in the mouths of those down in Waco following Baylor’s Round of 64 exit from the NCAA this March. The Bears bring back their active frontcourt, which dominated the boards, and is expected to return five of their top seven talents from this past season. Iowa State (15/1), Kansas (15/1) and Oklahoma (30/1) are ahead of BU in the futures odds as well as early projected Top 25 rankings, but the Bears will be tournament tough out of a stacked Big 12.
Texas A&M Aggies (75/1): Thanks the NBA’s age limits, freshmen rule the roost when it comes to college ball. The best players in the country are first-year phenoms and the Aggies will have plenty of them in 2015-16. Billy Kennedy hit the bricks hard this past year and lures the No. 3 recruiting class in the country to College Station. Texas A&M adds a lot of beef around the basket and brings back Jalen Jones, Alex Caruso, and Danuel House.
UCLA Bruins (100/1): Go ahead. Count UCLA out. People lost their damn minds when the Bruins made the cut on selection Sunday then proceeded to stun the nation with a run to the Sweet 16. Steve Alford is a terrific coach and returns his son Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton, giving UCLA a steady backcourt. The Bruins will have Aussie star Jonah Bolden eligible and bring in the 19th-ranked recruiting class in the nation