The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is almost upon us. Heading into it, the Kentucky Wildcats did what they've always done under head coach John Calipari: owned the SEC.
Big Blue Nation finished with a 16-2 conference record and will have the top seed in the SEC Tournament in Nashville. They're riding an eight-game winning streak.
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Kentucky has won the SEC Tournament the past two years and has more conference tournament wins (29) than every other current team in the SEC combined (26).
The Wildcats finished the 2016-17 regular season ranked #8 in the AP pool.
According to BookMaker.eu, Kentucky will be a 2-seed in the NCAA Tournament, although total domination in its conference tournament could push Calipari and company even higher.
Kentucky is a -150 favorite to be a 2-seed in the NCAA Tournament. That means you'd need to bet $150 just to win $100.
They could also steamroll in Nashville and land a 1-seed. According to BookMaker, they're +130 to do so, meaning you'd win $130 with a $100 bet.
Any other seed in the NCAA Tournament is a longshot at +2000, or 20/1.
Kentucky gets the winner of Georgia vs. Tennessee on Friday. They beat Georgia twice and lost in Knoxville by two to Tennessee.
They'll then likely face South Carolina in the SEC semis, a team it pasted by 16 in January.
In the finals on Sunday, Kentucky likely draws Florida, although the Gators could face a Vanderbilt team that swept them during the regular season in order to make the finals.
Florida dismantled Kentucky by 22 one month ago before losing by 10 in Lexington.
The last time Kentucky failed to make the SEC Tournament championship game was in 2013 when Vanderbilt ousted them in the quarterfinals.
Kentucky last won the NCAA Tournament in 2012. They lead the nation in NCAA Tournament appearances with 55 and have been a 1-seed three of the last six years.
From BookMaker.eu: What seed will Kentucky be in the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament?
- 1: +130
- 2: -150
- 3 or higher: +2000