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Kentucky’s odds to win the NCAA Tournament are rising

The Cats have slowly gotten back into the national title picture throughout the season.

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue

The Kentucky Wildcats just wrapped up a successful regular season. Now, the real fun begins.

March means it’s tournament time in the college basketball season, also known as the best time of the year. And with March comes your favorites and your Cinderellas.

The new odds to win the NCAA Tournament have come out, and they factor in Zion Williamson and his return to the court. The Duke Blue Devils lead the way as 11/4 favorites, followed by the Gonzaga Bulldogs at 6/1 and Virginia Cavaliers at 8/1.

The Wildcats come in at a four-way tie for the fourth best odds with the Tennessee Volunteers, North Carolina Tar Heels, and Michigan State Spartans ll sitting at 12/1 favorites. Truth be told, Kentucky’s odds would probably be higher if everyone knew for sure when/if Reid Travis comes back.

Kentucky’s odds to win the big dance have been fluctuating up and down all season, mainly with people jumping on the bandwagon about this team not being as good as advertised. The Wildcats had as low as 22/1 odds at one point in January, which would have been a steal if you put some money down at that time.

Also, Michigan State is tied with Kentucky and North Carolina for the fourth best odds?

The Spartans are currently without two of their key contributors and are lacking depth to be able to make a potential run in March. I would put my money down on the Wildcats and Tar Heels before I even thought about Michigan State.

If Kentucky makes a run over this coming weekend in the SEC Tournament, I would expect that their odds would go up even higher.