🏀 College Basketball Preview

If the sports calendar wasn't already loaded enough, you can officially add college hoops to the docket as well. Opening week is here, and according to title and award odds, this season is all about the big fellas. Let's talk centers and games to watch this week 💪 (2 min read)

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

NCAAM Preview

The 2023-24 college basketball season officially kicks off this week, and after last year’s crazy March Madness, I think it’s safe to say we’re all curious how this one plays out. UConn is our reigning National Champion, but the Final Four featured No. 5 San Diego State, No. 5 Miami and No. 9 Florida Atlantic. Factor in James Madison beating Michigan State last night and we’re really back 🔥

This year we have the usual suspects at the top of the rankings, but the preseason odds don’t give us a clear idea who experts like the best. Ten teams have title odds between +1100 and +2200, take a look 👇

  • Duke, Kansas, Purdue: +1100

  • Michigan State: +1500

  • Creighton, Marquette, Tennessee, Kentucky, Houston: +2000

  • UConn: +2200

Who says old-school big men are out of style? Alright, the NBA does, but their loss is college basketball’s gain. Each of those three title co-favorites boast a preseason All-American who dominates in the paint 😤

Perhaps the biggest story of the offseason, Hunter Dickinson became one of the sport’s most important transfers ever when he decided to leave Michigan after three decorated seasons. Following weeks of speculation, he settled on the Jayhawks, and he instantly vaulted the 2022 champs up this year’s odds board 📈

  • Fellow blue-blood Duke is right there with them, and sophomore big man Kyle Filipowski is a big reason why. He likely would have heard his name called in the first round of this years NBA Draft, but instead he’ll try to improve his stock while helping the Blue Devils chase the first title of the Jon Scheyer era

With reigning POTY Zach Edey returning for his senior campaign after putting up 22.3 PPG and 12.9 RPG last year, it’s easy to understand why oddsmakers are backing Purdue as well…but its also hard to forget how last season ended for them 😬

👆 let this also be a reminder just how much college basketball rules. But back to the behemoths — unsurprisingly, the three 7-footers we just mentioned lead the list of contenders for this year’s top individual honors 👇

Edey is one of the heaviest preseason Wooden/Naismith favorites in recent memory, and if he pulls it off, he’d be just the third player ever to win consecutive POTY awards. His repeat bid began last night, and if nothing else, he’s already given us this hilarious moment 😂

The season got started in style yesterday with a ridiculous amount of action, and don’t expect it to let up anytime soon. And while most teams like to get a few games under their belts against lighter competition, that doesn’t mean this week is without marquee matchups. Here’s some you won’t want to miss ⬇️

  • 11/7: Auburn vs. #20 Baylor (9PM)

  • 11/10: #12 Arizona vs. #2 Duke (7PM)

  • 11/10: #15 Texas A&M vs. Ohio State (7PM)

  • 11/10: #9 Tennessee vs. Wisconsin (9PM)

Trivia Question: Who are the only two men’s CBB players to win back-to-back POTY awards?

Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images

For My Parlay Gurus

No tune-up games for the Baylor Bears or Auburn Tigers this year — instead, it’s trial by fire with tonight’s neutral site showdown in South Dakota. I’m going with Baylor to come out on top, but it’ll be a battle. Check out this parlay 👇

  • Baylor ML vs. Auburn: -130

  • Under 142.5 Total Points: -110

$100 on this bet would win you $211 — if we hit, make sure you email [email protected] for a chance to win up to $100*. Many will enter, only some will win 😉

Want more sports content from Overtime? Check us out on TikTok 🗣

Was this newsletter forwarded to you? Join thousands of other informed subscribers

Trivia Answer: Not only did they go back-to-back — UCLA’s Bill Walton (1972-74) and UVA’s Ralph Sampson (1981-83) were both named the best player in the country for THREE straight seasons

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Many will enter, only some will win. Giveaway ends 12 hours after the completion of the final game references within the giveaway. The winner will be notified via the email address used to enter. Restrictions apply. See the General Conditions and Releases sections of Overtime's Terms of Use at https://overtime.tv/terms for additional giveaway terms

©2023 Overtime Sports, Inc. All rights reserved.