March Madness 2024: Kansas New Favorite After Star Center Picks Jayhawks

March Madness 2024: Kansas New Favorite After Star Center Picks Jayhawks
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✍️ Written by
Ty Bronicel
🗓 Updated
Aug 23rd 2023

The Kansas Jayhawks took a major step toward winning next April’s NCAA Tournament after former Michigan star center Hunter Dickinson announced he’s chosen to play for KU coach Bill Self in Lawrence, Kansas.

It’s a big deal.

The 7-foot-1 Dickinson, the best player to enter this year’s transfer portal, earned all-Big Ten honors in all three of his seasons with the Wolverines. The lefty averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds as a junior last year andseriously considered returning to Michigan. He also visited Georgetown, Maryland, Villanova and Kentucky before selecting Kansas.

Dickinson revealed his choice Tuesday on Twitter.

Bettors are loving the move and oddsmakers immediately responded.

Over at FanDuel Sportsbook, one of our favorite gambling sites in the country, which also includes, PointsBetBetMGM, and more, Kansas has gone from +2500 (April 4) to +1200 (today, May 4). The Jayhawks were +1600 before Dickinson announced his decision – it’s that important.

The Jayhawks, the national champs in 2022, were bounced by Arkansas in the second round of this year’s tournament without Self who missed the game with medical issues.

Dickinson will join two outstanding returning Jayhawks, point guard Dajuan Harris, and forward K.J. Adams.

Plus, Kansas adds a top-10 recruiting class and sharp-shooting Towson transfer Nick Timberlake.

Dickinson sounds ready to play NOW:

"Kansas was really cool. Just going to there and Kentucky, it's just so different than being at Michigan, because at Michigan obviously everything is focused around football,” Dickinson said of his visit on the "Roundball" podcast this week. “But walking by the facilities and stuff, just how much basketball is so dominant there. And it was really just cool to see in the facilities, the dorms. Then talking with Coach Self for a while and meeting the staff, meeting two of the players, it was real cool. And then going to (Allen Fieldhouse). The fieldhouse was crazy. It just looks like it's going to be loud as hell in there."

So now let’s look at the current odds over at FD.

2024 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Winner

Kansas +1100

Duke +1200

Connecticut +1100

Michigan State +1400

Houston +1500

Kentucky +1600

Marquette +1700

Arkansas +1700

Arizona +2000

Tennessee +2000

Purdue +2000

Gonzaga +2000

North Carolina +2500

Alabama +2500

Creighton +3000

Florida Atlantic +3000

USC +3500

UCLA +3500

Auburn +3500

West Virginia +3500

Villanova +4000

Xavier +4500

Texas +4500

Iowa State +4500

TCU +4500

Miami +4500

Kansas State +5000

Wisconsin +5000

Maryland +5000

Michigan +5000

Colorado +5500

Oregon +5500

Texas A&M +5500

Florida +5500

Baylor +5500

Ohio State +5500

Saint Mary's +5500

Virginia +6000

Memphis +6000

Providence +7500

St. John's +7500

Texas Tech +7500

Oklahoma State +7500

Illinois +7500

NC State +9500

LSU +9500

Missouri +9500

Indiana +9500

Boise State +9500

Wake Forest +10000

Mississippi State +10000

Iowa +10000

New Mexico +10000

In closing, I still like Duke slightly better at this point, but, man, did Kansas land a big boy and major talent on Tuesday.

So maybe throw a little on each of them right now before each school’s odds plummet.

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