The way-too-early prognostications all seemed to imply that the Syracuse Orange were in for a rough 2016-2017 season.
Then John Gillon transferred. Then Taurean Thompson committed. Then Andrew White transferred. Then everyone remembered Paschal Chukwu was going to be eligible. And then they remembered Tyler Lydon was still here.
And now, all of a sudden, everyone is starting realize that Syracuse might actually be pretty good this year.
Bovada has updated their odds to win the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship and Syracuse has jumped from 50/1 to a 25/1.
Duke is still your clubhouse leader at 4/1, followed by Kentucky (15/2), Kansas (10/1) and Villanova (10/1). Going by the overall odds, Syracuse is slotted among the top thirteen teams in the nation and shares their odds with Indiana, Louisville, and Virginia.
Bovada also released their odds for the 2016-2017 Associated Press Player of the Year Winner and in a somewhat surprising turn, Tyler Lydon is near the top.
The sophomore checks in at 10/1, which puts him in a tie for 5th amongst odds-getters. Duke’s Grayson Allen is the leader at 6/1, followed by UW’s Markelle Fultz.
Lydon has a great freshman campaign and is expected to do good things this season, but that even seems high from the Syracuse fan perspective. Wonder how much of it has to do with Lydon’s expectations and how much is related to the lack of superstar depth in college basketball this season.