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Michigan State Basketball Takes Large Jump To Become 2018 National Championship Favorite

We have months before the tip-off of the 2017-18 college basketball season, but after draft declarations and some late recruit commitments, we have a new national champion favorite already: Michigan State.

The Spartans return superstar wing Miles Bridges, who is turning down the potential to be a lottery pick for a sophomore year in East Lansing, as well as a number of other strong young players. They also add two blue-chip forward recruits: five-star Jaren Jackson and four-star Xavier Tillman. It's as stacked a roster as Tom Izzo has had in some time.

The Spartans won't fly under the radar heading into the season. After opening at 20/1 odds to win next spring's NCAA Tournament, Michigan State is now the favorite to take it home, per the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Bettors now get 7/1 odds for the Spartans. Previous favorite Kentucky remains where it started, at 10/1, but is now joined by rival Louisville and Duke.

Here are the full top ten odds at the SuperBook, via CBS Sports:

Team

Opening Odds

Current Odds

Michigan State

20/1

7/1

Kentucky

10/1

10/1

Duke

12/1

10/1

Louisville

12/1

10/1

Kansas

12/1

12/1

Arizona

20/1

12/1

North Carolina

12/1

20/1

Villanova

12/1

20/1

Wichita State

20/1

20/1

Florida

20/1

25/1

[CBS Sports]