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Kentucky is expected to declare for the NBA draft. But in Las Vegas, Kentucky remains one of the teams to beat in 2016. John Calipari is expected to lose his entire starting lineup to the NBA draft, but Kentucky still is considered one of the favorites for the 2016 title. Ross Dettman for ESPN
On Tuesday, the William Hill sportsbook opened the Wildcats as 8-1 favorites to win next year's NCAA tournament.
North Carolina is second at 9-1, followed by Virginia at 10-1.
The Westgate SuperBook made Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia all 10-1 co-favorites, followed by
Maryland and Villanova at 12-1.
At William Hill, defending national champion
Duke opened at 15-1, along with Iowa State, Kansas, Michigan State and Maryland. National runner-up Wisconsin opened at 30-1.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said Monday
he expects five to seven of his players to declare for the NBA draft, including each of the five starters in the Wildcats' semifinal loss to Wisconsin: Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns, Trey Lyles, and Aaron and Andrew Harrison. Key reserves Dakari Johnson and Devin Booker also could make the leap.
Oddsmakers believe Calipari will reload again with another vaunted recruiting class. Kentucky's 2015 recruiting class is ranked No. 1 by ESPN Insider.
Kentucky and North Carolina are the only teams with single-digit odds at William Hill. The Tar Heels had only four seniors on this year's roster, none of whom played in the Sweet 16 loss to Wisconsin. Star guard
Marcus Paige and forward Brice Johnson are considered the team's most NBA-ready prospects, but both are expected to return.
Duke, after winning its fifth national championship, likely will lose freshman stars
Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow to the NBA, along with senior guard Quinn Cook.
Wisconsin will lose senior star
Frank Kaminsky and potentially junior forward Sam Dekker. The Badgers also lose senior guards Josh Gasser and Traevon Jackson. The SuperBook opened Wisconsin at 50-1.
The 2016 Final Four will be held at NRG Stadium in Houston.
2016 NCAA Tournament Title Odds
Team Odds Kentucky 10-1 North Carolina 10-1 Virginia 10-1 Maryland 12-1 Villanova 12-1 Arizona 15-1 Iowa State 15-1 Kansas 15-1 Gonzaga 20-1 Indiana 25-1 Duke 25-1 Arkansas 30-1 Oklahoma 30-1 Utah 30-1 Florida 40-1 Baylor 40-1 Louisville 40-1 Michigan 40-1 Miami (Fla.) 40-1 Michigan State 40-1 Notre Dame 40-1 SMU 40-1 Wichita State 40-1 Wisconsin 50-1 Syracuse 60-1 Cincinnati 60-1 Purdue 60-1 LSU 60-1 NC State 60-1 Ohio State 60-1 Texas 75-1 Texas A&M 75-1 Alabama 100-1 Auburn 100-1 Butler 100-1 Dayton 100-1 Florida State 100-1 Georgetown 100-1 Georgia 100-1 Illinois 100-1 Iowa 100-1 Oregon 100-1 Providence 100-1 San Diego State 100-1 UConn 100-1 UCLA 100-1 Vanderbilt 100-1 West Virginia 100-1 Ole Miss 200-1 Rhode Island 200-1 South Carolina 200-1 Tulsa 200-1 VCU 200-1 Xavier 200-1 Memphis 300-1 Minnesota 300-1 UAB 300-1 Boise State 300-1 Buffalo 300-1 BYU 300-1 California 300-1 Colorado 300-1 Marquette 300-1 Northern Iowa 300-1 Old Dominion 300-1 Pittsburgh 300-1 TCU 300-1 Temple 300-1 Valparaiso 300-1 Oklahoma State 500-1 Arizona State 500-1 Belmont 500-1 Davidson 500-1 George Washington 500-1 Illinois State 500-1 Kansas State 500-1 Mississippi State 500-1 Missouri 500-1 Nebraska 500-1 Oregon State 500-1 Penn State 500-1 Richmond 500-1 St John's 500-1 St. Mary's 500-1 Stanford 500-1 Stephen F Austin 500-1 Tennessee 500-1 UNLV 500-1 Washington 500-1 Cal Irvine 1000-1 Central Michigan 1000-1 Clemson 1000-1 LaSalle 1000-1 Louisiana Tech 1000-1 New Mexico State 1000-1 Northwestern 1000-1 USC 1000-1 UTEP 1000-1 Wake Forest 1000-1 Field 200-1 (courtesy Westgate SuperBook)