Two of the most revered college basketball programs in the country will butt heads Saturday, when the top-ranked Florida Gators try their luck against John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. Both have significant odds of winning March Madness, but only one can top their 2013-14 regular season campaign off with a win.
No. 1 Florida may hold a slight advantage over their opponents on the college basketball futures, but don’t think that their 5/1 odds mean that they won’t still have their work cut out for them at home against the Wildcats.
Kentucky may have fallen to Florida already this season, en route to their No. 17 ranking down the stretch, but they’ve also knocked off the reigning champion Louisville Cardinals.
Now, so long as NBA Draft hopefuls Julius Randle, James Young and Willie Cauley-Stein are leading the charge – each a prospective lottery pick – the team’s 16/1 odds of going all the way
are at least worth a second look.
Losses to MSU, Baylor, UNC and a couple of unranked SEC rivals have damaged their stock, but the potential is there. Can they redeem themselves in a big way with a win over Florida this weekend?