Few teams in America have come as frustratingly close to figuring out their maladies that torment them on the court than the Kentucky Wildcats this college basketball season, with as much talent as anybody in the country and a host of head scratching losses to show for it across Kentucky sports betting. Entering the week, John Calipari’s squad sits at 19-8 for the year and 9-5 in SEC play, having split their two games during the week by losing at LSU, 75-74, before shellacking 13th ranked Alabama at home, 117-95.
The 22-point win in Lexington over the Crimson Tide gave Kentucky four wins over teams that were ranked in the AP top 25 at the time of the game, which is the highlight of UK’s 2023-24 season in a nutshell. Conversely, Kentucky also has home losses to unranked teams like Gonzaga, Florida and UNC Wilmington on their résumé this year, speaking to the lack of consistency that’s plagued UK.
That enigmatic performance has netted Kentucky the 17th spot in Monday’s KenPom.com rankings, to go with the No. 19 spot in the latest batch of NCAA NET rankings, while oddsmakers from Fanatics Sportsbook Kentucky give UK +2000 title odds, ranking in a tie with Auburn, Iowa State and Kansas for seventh nationally.
Ahead of this week’s SEC clashes against Mississippi State and Arkansas, BetKentucky.com broke down the latest NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament seeding odds for the Wildcats, reflecting last week’s up-and-down showings against the Tigers and Crimson Tide.
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The litany of teams that Kentucky’s taken down this basketball season gives Calipari’s club as strong a résumé as any, though those victories alone can’t undo the losses that have ultimately tanked the Wildcats’ seeding potential in 2024. At the moment, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has Kentucky as a six seed in the east region, while Jerry Palm of CBS Sports lists UK as a fifth seed in the Midwest region, with the former putting the ‘Cats up against 11th seed Grand Canyon while the latter has them playing 12th seeded Samford.
Such a split is the end result of Kentucky’s enigmatic season to date, which makes projecting their future that much more difficult, which is why our odds are virtually split between UK landing a fifth or sixth seed at the moment.
One thing that’ll likely impede the Wildcats’ climb is their lack of quality competition down the stretch, with one ranked foe left (Tennessee in their season finale on March 9), presenting upset opportunities for unranked teams like Mississippi State, Arkansas and Vanderbilt, which play UK between Tuesday and March 6.
For now, we’ll give Calipari and company the benefit of the doubt and put them as a No. 5 seed in this week’s update, though the Wildcats could help their cause by taking care of business against the three unranked opponents that they face between Tuesday and March 6.
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