NCAA’s Biggest Names Face Challenges in Tournament

If you haven’t had an opportunity to get way into this year’s crop of college basketball stars, now’s your chance. This month and next, a handful of future NBA superstars promise to make betting on the NCAA Tournament an instant classic. Leading the pack of top-talent freshmen who’ve taken the NCAA by storm is Kansas Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins. The lanky, athletic forward has seen his spot at the top of the totem pole fluctuate this season, but he’s the primary reason No. 10 Kansas has 6/1 odds of winning the college basketball tournament. His teammate, big man Joel Embiid, is another individual that many hoops fans have already envisioned making an impact in the pros. Fellow freshman sensation Jabari Parker has helped drive the Duke Blue Devils to their No. 7 spot in the rankings, and the slick swingman will need to showcase his perimeter talents if Duke is to even think of living up to its 10/1 NCAA odds. Julius Randle, another NBA-bound super prospect, finds himself in a slightly different camp prior to the tournament. His Kentucky Wildcats have fallen right off the AP poll board and have just 40/1 odds of winning the tournament. If the smooth-stepping big man can help the Wildcats redeem, he may be pleased with where he winds up in the NBA Draft this summer. Where will you be able to say you were when these future stars were plying their trade in the Big Dance?