The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats will enter this week’s conference tournament betting action as the odds-on favorite to win the 2015 NCAA tournament at 11/10 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Wildcats wrapped up a perfect regular season at 31-0 and went 18-0 in SEC play following a 67-50 rout of the Florida Gators on Saturday that saw them barely cover the 16.5-point spread. Kentucky is also 17-13-1 against the spread overall—covering six of its past seven—heading into the SEC tournament in Nashville, where the team will be the conference’s top seed.
While the Wildcats seem like a lock to not only earn one of the four No. 1 seeds in the 2015 NCAA tournament but also the top overall seed regardless of how they perform in the SEC tournament, several other teams battling for the other three spots have work left to do.
The ACC has two top contenders to win the Big Dance in the Virginia Cavaliers and the Duke Blue Devils, who are each 10/1 on the odds to win the NCAA tournament and could both end up with No. 1 seeds on Selection Sunday.
The Cavaliers (28-2) won the ACC regular-season title for the second year in a row with a 16-2 conference mark, one game better than the Blue Devils (28-3). But Duke won the only head-to-head matchup between the teams this season 69-63 back on January 31 as a 5.5-point road underdog. They are favored to meet again in the championship game of the ACC tournament on Saturday as the top two seeds in the conference.
Wisconsin (13/2) came close to knocking off Kentucky in last year’s Final Four before falling 74-73 and should roll as the top seed in the Big Ten tournament this week as the school eyes its third conference tourney title.
Meanwhile, Arizona (11/1) lost to the Badgers 64-63 in last year’s West Regional Final and will go into the Pac-12 tournament on an eight-game winning streak, going 7-1 ATS on the college basketball betting lines during that stretch.