The Kentucky Wildcats might be the eighth-ranked team in the latest AP Top 25 Poll, but they remain the favorites atop the odds to win the NCAA Tournament, ahead of the Kansas Jayhawks and Gonzaga Bulldogs at Bovada Sportsbook.
The Wildcats are the 7/1 favorites on the NCAA Tournament odds, as they look to improve on last year’s disappointing run at March Madness. Kentucky was a No. 4 seed at the NCAA Tournament last season, but after knocking out No. 13 Stony Brook in their opening matchup they were then eliminated from the event in a 73-67 loss to No. 5 Indiana in the second round.
Kentucky began this season 7-0 and won 17 of their first 19 overall, but then lost in back-to-back games to Tennessee and Kansas to slip from No. 4 to No. 8 in the polls. The Wildcats came back with a win over Georgia, but were crushed 88-66 on the road by Florida on Saturday, jeopardizing their spot on the odds.
The Jayhawks are then second at 8/1 odds to win the NCAA Tournament this season. Kansas picked up a pair of resume building wins against Kentucky and then Baylor, but then got upset 92-89 on Saturday by Iowa State as a 10-point home favorite in overtime. That was despite a season-high 32 points from Frank Mason.
Gonzaga rounds out the top three teams on the NCAA Tournament odds at 8/1, as they take a perfect 24-0 record and the top spot in the rankings into this week. The Bulldogs kept their perfect record alive on Saturday night with a 90-55 win over Santa Clara.
UCLA and North Carolina round out the top five teams on the NCAA Tournament odds board right now at 9/1 each, with Villanova and Duke both at 10/1. Arizona (12/1), Oregon (14/1), and Louisville (18/1) are next in line, with Florida State and West Virginia holding down lines of 20/1.
Meanwhile, Baylor is pegged at just 28/1 on the odds to win the NCAA Tournament, despite having jumped from No. 5 to No. 2 in the rankings last week. Baylor lost both games last week and fell down in the latest rankings after losing to the Jayhawks last Wednesday before falling 56-54 at home against Kansas State as a 7-point favorite Saturday.
Rounding out the second tier of NCAA Tournament contenders are Virginia, Florida, and Wisconsin at 25/1. Notre Dame and Purdue both at 40/1 and Creighton and Butler all both pegged at 50/1 odds to come out on top at March Madness this spring.