ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi thinks Kentucky would be in the NCAA Tournament if the season ended today.
Oddsmakers seem to agree.
On Wednesday, 5Dimes sportsbook released Big Dance “Make or Miss” odds for a handful of Bubble teams, and the defending champion Wildcats—a projected 12-seed by Lunardi—are listed at -160 to make the field.
Bubble teams likely to join them: California (-390) and Temple (-175), who are both catching fire at exactly the right time. Cal has won five straight (and seven of its last eight), while the Owls are riding a three-game win streak.
The not-so-lucky teams? Baylor (+180) and Maryland (+280). Of the two, only the Bears have a chance at a marquee regular-season win, a March 9 home game against Kansas in the finale for both teams.
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All odds courtesy of 5Dimes sportsbook
Baylor makes 68 team field +180
Baylor not in NCAA Tournament -260
California makes 68 team field -390
California not in NCAA Tournament +270
Kentucky makes 68 team field -160
Kentucky not in NCAA Tournament +120
Maryland makes 68 team field +280
Maryland not in NCAA Tournament -400
Temple makes 68 team field -175
Temple not in NCAA Tournament +135