Maryland has 16/1 odds to win the 2015 national championship, according to odds released by Bovada this week. That puts them level with Louisville, LSU, and Purdue at 16/1 and behind teams like Xavier (14/1), Kentucky (14/1), and Duke (12/1).
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It doesn't look like the Terrapins are getting a great deal of respect from Las Vegas. They are the nation's No. 3 team, yet a team like Kentucky -- which currently has three losses to unranked teams -- is viewed more favorably by the oddsmakers.
The most interesting part, though, is who Maryland is even with -- LSU and Purdue. I'm a Purdue believer. They are the nation's No. 1 team in defensive efficiency, surrendering just 0.83 points per possession. No real argument there and that showdown between the Terrapins and Boilermakers in College Park on Feb. 6 should be a good one.
But what of LSU? The Tigers are finally getting all of their pieces together, plus they feature the nation's most versatile player, Ben Simmons. Was that enough for Vegas to buy in?
Sure, they have seemed to hit their stride with nice wins over Kentucky and Vanderbilt, but just weeks ago we were trying to come to grips with what a Simmons-less NCAA tournament would look like. They are still 9-5 on the year, so is the #SimmonsEffect enough to level them with the nation's No. 3 team?
We'll just have to wait and see.