Defending national champion Duke is a 3-1 favorite on the Las Vegas Sports Consultants odds sheet as the college basketball season begins Thursday in New York.
The Atlantic Coast Conference is rated 1-2 in the preseason odds ratings with Maryland at 5-1. Illinois from the Big Ten is third choice at 6-1, followed by SEC reps Kentucky and Florida, each at 7-1.
Florida is anywhere from a 5 to 6-point favorite against Temple in the opening game of the Coaches vs Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Maryland is an 11-point favorite over Arizona in the second game. The winners meet for tourney title Friday night. The Big East, which plays its tournament championship games at The Garden, has Boston College as the top preseason pick at 20-1.