Memphis Odds to Win National Championship Plummet After James Wiseman Ruled Ineligible by NCAA

Zach Brunner
South Carolina State v Memphis
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Not even a week into the college basketball season and we have already seen some terrific games played. However, not all things have been great for Memphis Tigers fans, as the No. 1 overall recruit and their star player James Wiseman has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA, causing the Tigers' odds to win the National Championship to plummet from +1300 to +2500, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

The situation surrounding Wiseman is a complex one that will be hard for the University of Memphis to fight, but they will do just that.

Before Penny Hardaway was the head coach at Memphis, he was a Memphis booster. Back in 2018, he reportedly provided the family of Wiseman $11,500 to move from Nashville to Memphis to play basketball at the prep school East High, where Hardaway had coached. Certainly, this would have been a big perk in the recruiting process for Hardaway and Memphis.

Losing Wiseman is a big blow to a Memphis team that looked set to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014. He is widely regarded as the top NBA prospect in college basketball, and losing his him for the season hurts both the school and the NCAA as a whole.

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