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CBS Sports puts title contenders into tiers

The Cats are viewed as one of the favorites for the title.

NCAA Basketball: SEC Basketball Tipoff Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

The college basketball season is right around the corner with the season tipping off on November 5th.

One question everyone has every year is who will win the National Championship?

Matt Norlander of CBS Sports released his yearly 16 teams that are in contention for the title.

This year, Norlander put the teams into tiers consisting of; front-runners, title contenders, dark horses, and wild cards.

So, where did Kentucky land in this ranking?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Norlander put the Cats in the front-runners tier.

The Cats are 1 of 3 teams placed in this tier that also includes the Michigan State Spartans and the Kansas Jayhawks.

The Cats’ currently sit with 7-1 odds to cut down the nets this march, and here is how Norlander broke down this years’ Kentucky team, noting the impact of returning both Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley.

“Here, Immanuel Quickley and Ashton Hagans return. They’ll be joined by Tyrese Maxey, who could easily have as much impact on this team as Ulis did five years ago. No, I don’t expect Kentucky to win 38 games or even get out of November without a loss, but I do expect Kentucky to be one of the five best teams in college basketball and to have an edge come March due to the team’s coach, experience (E.J. Montgomery, Nick Richards are bigs who are back) and overall depth. This is an ideal Calipari blend of NBA talent and just enough competition for playing time to make this team push itself. Watch out for Maxey. He’ll be a boatload of fun.”

You can see what teams are placed in each tier here.