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Kentucky Wildcats now second in championship odds, closing in on Duke

The Wildcats are becoming more and more of a favorite to win it all.

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NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Vanderbilt Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The college basketball National Championship betting odds have been updated, and the Kentucky Wildcats are now the second-favorite to win it all, according to SportsLine.

The ‘Cats now have 11-2 odds, which SportsLine’s Josh Nagel says is a great price for this team.

This price is still a relative bargain on an ultra-talented Kentucky team that has dominated most of its opponents and suffered close losses to UCLA and Louisville.

I suspect the Wildcats will enter the NCAA Tournament as one of the short favorites to cut down the nets, likely at 3/1 or leaner, so this is likely the best remaining price we’ll see on them.

The Wildcats trail only the Duke Blue Devils, who have 9-2 odds. Ever since earning the "superteam" label this preseason, Duke has struggled. Between Grayson Allen’s antics and their injury issues, it hasn’t been a super season at all. If we see many more slip-ups from them, Kentucky could jump into that number one favorite spot for betting odds.

Here are the updated odds for the top teams to win it all this year:

ODDS TO WIN NATIONAL TITLE


TEAM


OPEN


CURRENT


Duke

3/1

9/2

Kentucky

6/1

11/2

UCLA

50/1

8/1

Kansas

17/2

17/2

North Carolina

20/1

9/1

Villanova

14/1

10/1

Gonzaga

50/1

18/1

Baylor

75/1

18/1

Oregon

10/1

20/1

Louisville

28/1

25/1

Purdue

30/1

50/1