Westgate SuperBook opens Duke, UConn as 10/1 co-favorites

Westgate SuperBook opens Duke, UConn as 10/1 co-favorites

After UConn finished polishing off Purdue to repeat as national champions last night, the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened Duke and UConn as the 10/1 co-favorites to win the 2025 NCAA Tournament.

The Huskies and Blue Devils were followed by Arizona and Houston, who both opened at 14/1 odds. Alabama, North Carolina and Kansas shared 18/1 odds, while Arkansas, Gonzaga, Kentucky and Tennessee were at 25/1.

The next-shortest odds belonged to Auburn (30/1), Baylor (30/1), Illinois (30/1), Purdue (30/1), Creighton (40/1), Iowa St. (40/1), Marquette (40/1), Michigan St. (40/1), Rutgers (40/1) and Florida (50/1).

UConn might lose its entire starting five. According to NBADraft.net, Stephon Castle is projected as the No. 8 overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. Donovan Clingan is at No. 14 overall, while Alex Karaban (No. 36), Cam Spencer (No. 38) and Tristen Newton (No. 44) are projected as second-round selections.

Nevertheless, Dan Hurley’s team will select from the cream of the crop out of the transfer portal and will welcome a pair of four-star freshmen in combo guard Ahmad Nowell and forward Isaiah Abraham.

According to an On3 report this morning, Duke’s Mark Mitchell (11.6 points, 6.0 rebounds per game) plans to enter the transfer portal after starting 67 of 68 games in two years with the Blue Devils. Jon Scheyer’s team has the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, though, including five five-star prospects and one four-star player.

Per the 247Sports Composite, Duke is bringing in the country’s No. 1 prospect in Cooper Flagg, 7-foot-1 center Khaman Maluach (No. 3), forward Isaiah Evans (No. 12), forward Kon Knueppel (No. 17), 6-foot-11 center Patrick Ngongba II (No. 18) and forward Darren Harris (No. 51).

The Blue Devils are hoping to get back veteran point guard Jeremy Roach (14.0 PPG), and it’s likely that shooting guards Tyrese Proctor (10.5 PPG, 3.7 APG) and guard Caleb Foster (7.7 PPG) will return.

Houston’s Kelvin Sampson got great news last night and this morning when forward J’Wan Roberts and veteran guard LJ Cryer announced that they were both returning to UH. The Cougars are losing All-American Jamal Shead, but they’ll welcome back Emanuel Sharp (12.6 PPG), Terrance Arceneaux (5.5 PPG) and Ja’Vier Francis (6.0 PPG).

As of April 9, it was unclear if players like Caleb Love, Pelle Larsson and Oumar Ballo would be returning to Arizona, but all three players have one year of eligibility remaining. The Wildcats are expected to have contributors like Kylan Boswell (9.6 PPG), Jaden Bradley (7.0 PPG), KJ Lewis (6.1 PPG) and Motiejus Krivas (5.4 PPG) back in the fold.

Alabama’s Nate Oats released a statement before last night’s game that he’ll be back next year, implying that he’s not a candidate to replace John Calipari at Kentucky without actually saying it. That’s great for the Crimson Tide, who could conceivably return every key player except for guard Aaron Estrada.

Oats has the nation’s No. 4 recruiting class on the way, including five-star forward Derrion Reid (No. 15), 6-foot-10 power forward Aiden Sherrell (No. 30) and forward Naas Cunningham (No. 43). In addition to that trio from California, Alabama has already signed four-star transfer guard Houston Mallette from Pepperdine.

North Carolina is hoping to have four of its top six scorers back to go with the country’s No. 10 recruiting class, including five-star prospects Ian Jackson (No. 9) and Drake Powell (No. 10).

As for Kansas, it has the nation’s No. 3 recruiting class on the way, with one five-star prospect and four four-star players. Two of those incoming four-star players are from out of the portal in Riley Kugel (Florida) and Zeke Mayo (South Dakota St.).

The Jayhawks are hoping to get back Hunter Dickinson, KJ Adams and Dajuan Harris. If that trio returns, Bill Self’s squad will have an outstanding bounce-back campaign.

Arkansas has exactly zero players on its roster at the moment, but that’s a good thing. John Calipari was named the program’s next head coach earlier today, and he might be bringing his entire Kentucky recruiting class that’s ranked second nationally with a trio of five-star prospects and a pair of four-star players.

The Razorbacks will also add a wealth of talent from out of the portal.

Likewise, Kentucky and its next to-be-determined HC will have plenty of roster spots to fill.

Tennessee will lose Dalton Knecht and program centerpieces Josiah-Jordan James and Santiago Vescovi, but Rick Barnes will have two starters back in Jonas Aidoo and Zakai Zeigler. Jordan Gainey (6.8 PPG) and Jahmai Mashack (4.5 PPG) are ready for bigger roles and, with only one incoming freshman (four-star combo guard Bishop Boswell) signed, the Volunteers are going to be big players in the portal.

Auburn is hoping Johni Broome will return, but that remains to be seen. The Tigers are loaded on the perimeter with Chad Baker-Mazara (10.0 PPG), Denver Jones (9.1 PPG) and Aden Holloway (7.3 PPG), and they’re adding five-star PG Tahaad Pettiford.

The biggest question for Baylor is if Scott Drew will turn down overtures from Kentucky after it strikes out on Billy Donovan and Hurley. Assuming he stays in Waco, the Bears will be loaded if Jalen Bridges, Langston Love (11.0 PPG) and Jayden Nunn (10.5 PPG) return.

Baylor has two incoming five-star freshmen in V.J. Edgecombe and Robert Wright III.

If Curtis Jones returns, Iowa St. will have its top four scorers from a team that won 29 games and won the Big 12 Tournament. The Cyclones have already added transfers Nate Heise (13.5 PPG at No. Iowa) and Dishon Jackson (11.4 PPG at Charlotte).

Zach Edey will no longer be in West Lafayette, but Matt Painter’s next squad will still have Braden Smith (12.2 PPG), Fletcher Loyer (10.6 PPG), Trey Kaufman-Renn (6.4) and Camden Heide. The Boilermakers have the nation’s No. 13 recruiting class that includes six incoming freshmen and three four-star prospects.

Creighton is definitely losing Baylor Scheierman and Francisco Farabello, but there’s a chance three of its best players in Ryan Kalkbrenner, Steven Ashworth and Trey Alexander could be back. The Bluejays have three incoming freshmen comprising the country’s No. 21 recruiting class, including two four-star additions in Jackson McAndrew (No. 38) and Larry Johnson (No. 64).

Rutgers has its best recruiting class in program history that’s ranked No. 6 nationally. The Scarlet Knights have already added two transfers in Zach Martini (8.4 PPG at Princeton) and Tyson Acuff (21.7 PPG at Eastern Michigan), and the return of Jeremiah Williams (12.2 PPG) is huge.

Incoming five-star freshmen Ace Bailey and Dylan Harper are projected as lottery picks in the 2025 NBA Draft.

Marquette is most likely losing Tyler Kolek and Oso Ighodaro, but Shaka Smart expects three starters to return, including Kam Jones (17.2 PPG) and David Joplin (10.8 PPG). The Golden Eagles have two four-star prospects on the way and will look to add talent from the portal.

Although potential All-American candidate Walter Clayton is testing the NBA waters, he’s almost certainly going to be back at Florida. The Gators are losing Tyrese Samuel, Zyon Pullin and Kugel, but Will Richard (11.4 PPG), Alex Condon (7.7 PPG), Thomas Haugh and Denzel Aberdeen are returning.

It’s unlikely Micah Handlogten will be healthy for next season, but that’s still to be determined. Todd Golden will be looking to add several key parts out of the portal and, if the Gators nail those evaluations like they did with Pullin, Clayton and Samuel, watch out.