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Vegas Likes VCU > Maryland

The area's best player? (By Rick Stewart - Getty)

As far as I'm concerned, the only real way to balance the NCAA's hypocritical insistence on promoting a postseason basketball tournament's amateur purity while making 947 jillion dollars off people's gambling-related interests in that tournament is by reveling in the absolute seediest, low-lifiest, mind-bogglingly trivial ways to bet on that sport.

In this case, I'm speaking of Vegas's preseason odds to win the MEAC. Yeah, they exist. Morgan State is a 2-1 favorite, while Howard languishes at 20-1, below even Bethune-Cookman. I love Las Vegas so, so very much. So much.

These odds are all courtesy of, which happens to be the site wise enough to send out a PR e-mail about obscure college basketball odds to my address. Scroll down for odds to win most of the local conferences.

And if you're having trouble comparing the local schools (first Atlantic 11 rankings out tomorrow!), this might help. The site has Georgetown at 30-1 to win the national championship (tied for 15th best in the nation), Virginia Tech and VCU at 100-1, Maryland at 200-1 and Virginia and George Mason at 250-1. Might not compare to the spite shown Maryland in national papers, but still, Terps starting out below VCU? Eek.

Oh, and one more thing. American just beat Richmond and Georgetown (which beat Maryland) to storm into the quarterfinals of PETA's veggie friendly campus tournament. Next up? The Florida Gators. Go ahead and finish what Mason started, young Eagles.

Odds to win the ACC
Virginia Tech 12/1
Maryland 15/1
Virginia 50/1

Odds to win the Big East
U-Conn. 5/2
Louisville 5/2
Notre Dame 7/2
Marquette 5/1
Pittsburgh 5/1
Georgetown 8/1
Syracuse 8/1
Villanova 10/1
West Virginia 10/1
DePaul 15/1
Providence 15/1
Cincinnati 22/1
Seton Hall 22/1
Rutgers 30/1
South Florida 50/1
St. John's 50/1

Odds to win the MEAC
Morgan State 2/1
Hampton 3/1
Delaware State 9/2
Norfolk State 6/1
South Carolina State 6/1
Coppin State 8/1
Florida A&M 12/1
North Carolina A&T 12/1
Bethune-Cookman 15/1
Howard 20/1
Maryland Eastern Shore 25/1
Winston-Salem State 25/1

Odds to win the Patriot League
American 9/5
Lehigh 2/1
Holy Cross 3/1
Colgate 6/1
Lafayette 6/1
Navy 7/1
Bucknell 10/1
Army 20/1

Odds to win the CAA:
Virginia Commonwealth 2/3
Northeastern 4/1
George Mason 5/1
Old Dominion 6/1
Georgia State 10/1
Delaware 12/1
Hofstra 15/1
UNC Wilmington 15/1
James Madison 25/1
Drexel 30/1
William & Mary 50/1
Towson 50/1

Odds to win the Atlantic 10
Xavier 3/2
Temple 3/1
Charlotte 5/1
Dayton 6/1
Saint Josephs 9/1
Massachusetts 12/1
Saint Louis 12/1
George Washington 12/1
Richmond 18/1
Rhode Island 20/1
LaSalle 20/1
Duquesne 30/1
Fordham 30/1
St. Bonaventure 40/1

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 12, 2008; 12:05 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Vegas odds suggest that George Mason has a better chance of winning the NCAA tournament than the Nats do of winning the World Series, haven't they heard that Ted Lerner is planning on becoming a major player in the free agent market this weekend?

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | November 12, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"but still, Terps starting out below VCU? Eek."

VCU is favored ahead of Maryland because they are and will be better than maryland this season. They beat the terps in maryland last year and still have the same core of players. They won 28 games the last 2 seasons and with eric maynor entering his senior season he is poised to take this team to a new level. Sophmore Larry Sanders is an unstoppable force blocking shots and getting rebounds, rodriguez while a shakey shooter can knock down the 3 ball and accounts for a few steals a game, and b. rozzell is starting to become a play maker just like maynor did 3 years ago. Add the presence of Krill pishchalnikov 6-8 248, an enforcer straight out of mother russia, and Lance Kearse 6-6 232(related to jevon kearse DE for titans) and you have the makings of a very dangerous team.

Throw in Anthony Grant, former assistant coach for Flordia when they won their championships a few years back and recent assistant coach of the U18 mens olympic team, and you have the makings of a top 25 team.

Get ready for a VCU filled year.

Posted by: alexpaone758 | November 12, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Well the last time VCU played UMD we won by 11 points in the BB&T Classic. And only 1 of the graduating seniors were really starters for us. So I'd say vegas has it right.

Posted by: Petey82 | November 12, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Yahoo sports blog The Dagger has a pretty good summary of ACC preseason rankings. UNC first, VTech 5, a big drop to Maryland at 6, and UVA a consensus dead last. Can't argue with that.

Posted by: fitzfacts | November 12, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

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