It is quiet season for NCAA men's basketball, but that does not mean that there is nothing to talk about. Our very own Bill DiFilippo is in Las Vegas covering the NBA Summer League for his main employer, and while there he has happened upon The Cosmopolitan's updated NCAA men's basketball 2018-19 championship odds. Get this: they include Penn State!
LETS GO 90/1 pic.twitter.com/9257JTOnCn— Bill DiFilippo (@billdifilippo) July 9, 2018
To be clear, these are not the highest of odds. Still, Penn State is in the conversation, which is better than not being in it. Their odds are much better than historically better in-state rivals like Temple (500-1), Saint Joseph's (also 500-1), and Pittsburgh (unlisted!), though still far behind defending champions Villanova (8-1). The current national frontrunner is Duke at 6-1.
In the Big Ten, Penn State is behind Michigan State (18-1), Michigan (20-1), Indiana (50-1), Purdue (50-1), Ohio State (65-1), Maryland (70-1), and Wisconsin (80-1), placing them 8th in this early, extremely irrelevant ranking. They do come in ahead of other Big Ten schools on the board: Minnesota (250-1), Illinois (250-1), Iowa (300-1), and Northwestern (300-1). Rutgers is unlisted.
There is nothing to take away from this other than Penn State's national championship odds being not terrible. That's more fun than it usually is!