Thursday March 12th, 2015

With a perfect regular season under their belt the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (31-0) venture to Nashville looking to add a conference title to their resume as overwhelming -400 favorites on the odds to win the SEC Tournament.

In another clearly down year for the conference Kentucky went 18-0 in SEC play during the regular season and was rarely tested down the stretch, winning its last seven games by an average of 21 points.

So who has the best shot of upsetting the Wildcats in the 2015 SEC Tournament? According to sportsbooks monitored by the Arkansas Razorbacks (24-7) have the second-best chance to win it at 10/1 after finishing second in the conference with a 13-5 mark.

The Razorbacks are only one of two ranked SEC teams overall right now, which is comparable to last season when the Florida Gators were the conference’s lone member of the Top 25 heading into the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 team in the country.

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Last year, Kentucky and Arkansas were two of seven SEC schools to win 20 games or more overall, led by the Florida Gators with 36. Florida also went 18-0 in conference games and ended up beating the Wildcats three times when they topped them 61-60 in the SEC Tournament title game to earn a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

This season, the Gators (15-16) will have to win the conference tourney at long 18/1 odds to get back to March Madness due to a surprising losing record. 

Four more SEC schools have at least 20 wins this season, and all of them could probably use another victory or two in order to feel better about their chances of getting invited to the NCAA Tournament.

The third-seeded Georgia Bulldogs (20-10), fourth-seeded LSU Tigers (22-9), fifth-seeded Texas A&M Aggies (20-10) and sixth-seeded Ole Miss Rebels (20-11) all finished the regular season at 11-7 in conference play.

All four teams played Kentucky tough this year with Georgia (14/1) recently leading the Wildcats by nine points with less than 10 minutes remaining, LSU (18/1) losing by two points, and Ole Miss (20/1) and Texas A&M (28/1) both falling in overtime.

The seventh-seeded Vanderbilt Commodores (16/1) also have a shot playing near home as the only other SEC team to finish at .500 or better (9-9) to go along with a 19-12 record overall.

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