Kentucky may be a No. 4 seed, but it is still one of the biggest favorites to cut down the nets in Houston next month.
The Wildcats were listed at 10/1 odds to win the national championship, according to Bovada. They had the fourth-best odds of winning the title, behind Kansas (5/1), Michigan State (11/2) and North Carolina (7/1).
Interestingly, UK could square off with UNC in the Sweet 16, which means one of those teams will be out of the field by the second weekend. Blame that on poor bracketing by the committee if you wish, but it does set the two heavyweights on a collision course.
That potential matchup may have hampered Kentucky’s odds of winning the East Region. Kentucky was listed at 5/1 to make the Final Four, which was third among the 16 teams in the region. North Carolina was 2/1 favorites to win the region, followed by West Virginia at 4/1.
No. 3 seed Texas A&M received 33/1 odds to win the championship, which is tied for the 11th-best odds. The Aggies have the fourth-best odds to win the West Region at 6/1. A&M was behind No. 2 seed Oklahoma (9/4), top-seeded Oregon (13/4) and defending champion Duke (9/2).
Vanderbilt was given long-shot odds to win it all. The Commodores, who will have to face Wichita State Tuesday night in a play-in game, received 100/1 odds to win the championship. Vandy’s odds of winning the South Region aren’t great either. The Commodores are listed at 33/1 to win the region, which was eighth among the teams in that region.
Oddly, Wichita State received much better 16/1 odds despite being in the same predicament as Vanderbilt.