While Maryland may be undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country, the experts in Las Vegas aren't as high on the Terps now as they were when the season began.
In late October Bovada.lv listed Mark Turgeon's Maryland squad at 10-1 to win the 2016 national title, one of the highest odds for any team in the country. A month later and the Terps odds have slid to 14-1, still high considering how much of the season is left, but considerably lower as other teams have moved up.
It's not a surprise that Maryland's odds have dipped. Despite their 6-0 record and a win over Georgetown, the Terps have struggled in victories over lesser teams like Rider and Illinois State.
Maryland is working on a new starting five, with holdovers Jake Layman and Melo Trimble now joined by transfers Robert Carter and Rasheed Sulaimon alongside freshman big man Diamond Stone. Turgeon has said repeatedly that his squad is a work in progress, and so far in the early stages of the college hoops season that assessment seems correct.
Tuesday night's game at North Carolina is a chance for Maryland to make a strong impression. UNC came into the season ranked No. 1 in the country until an early season slip up at Northern Iowa. Despite that loss, the Tar Heels are still loaded with talent and will be fired up to welcome former ACC partner turned Big Ten opponent Maryland into the Dean Dome. Vegas has Carolina a 6-point favorite over the Terps.
Other moves at the top of the college basketball ranks include mighty Kentucky moving to 5-1 odds at winning the title, the highest of any team in the country. Michigan State vaulted from 20-1 to 9-1 odds, second highest on the board. Duke and Carolina came in at 10-1 while Virginia and Kansas post 12-1 odds.