Kentucky in favor as 'slight favorite' in NCAA Tournament 2023
September 10, 2022
According to CBS Sports, the Kentucky Wildcats will be at the top of the NCAA men's basketball odds in 2023. This is a change from the previous favorite pick, the Kansas Jayhawks, who were expected to build on their tournament victory last season.
Meanwhile, Kentucky did not have a successful campaign in the previous 2021–2022 season even though they were the No. 2 seed, particularly after losing to the No. 15 seed Saint Peter in the NCAA Tournament's first round of March Madness.
With Kentucky's national player of the year Oscar Tshiebwe playing back for them, the team is in good standing. Additionally, Kentucky's head coach John Calipari brought in some outstanding players, including Antonio Reeves, who improved shooting, Cason Wallace and Chris Livingston, who improved defense, and Ugonna Kingsley Onyenso, who added depth to the frontcourt.
Kentucky spent last month in the Bahamas for four exhibition summer games and displayed an outstanding performance. Eventually, Kentucky won by an average of 50 points per game and scored at least 98 points against their opponents.
However, Kentucky have faced some difficulties that could force them to relinquish their position as the preseason favorite. Although they appear to be the favorite, reports suggest that they lead by a small margin.
With that in mind, CBS Sports analyzes the best and worst bets for several big teams, which include Kentucky.
'Good' value odds
Houston Cougars | Odds: 12-1
According to reports, Houston were playing well last season after recording a 32-6. Houston is anticipated to become a more lethal force this season thanks to the addition of five-star Jarace Walker and a number of their players, like Marcus Sasser, Kelvin, and Kellen Sampson.
Duke Blue Devils | Odds: 18-1
Dariq Whitehead, a five-star freshman for Duke, was reported earlier to have been sidelined due to a foot injury and subsequent surgery. However, Jon Scheyer, the new coach, has got a strong roster.
Creighton Bluejays | Odds: 30-1
One of the more promising preseason wagers is Creighton. According to reports, Creighton outperformed three of the four No. 1 seeds during postseason play the year before when they were ranked in the top ten.
The team reportedly has a rising star in Trey Alexander and has added Baylor Scheierman in addition to returning five of its top seven scorers.
'Bad' value odds
Kansas Jayhawks | Odds: 18-1
The squad has recently lost two first-round talent, leading CBS Sports to report that it lacks the incentive to succeed this season.
Arizona Wildcats | Odd: 20-1
After losing Christian Koloko, one of the best defensive players in college basketball, Arizona is thought to have poor odds. Nevertheless, Arizona is known to have signed entrants like Courtney Ramey and five-star freshman Kylan Boswell to solidify their team.
Auburn Tigers | Odds: 50-1
Walker Kessler and Jabari Smith's recent release from Auburn is viewed as a significant loss because they helped Auburn win the SEC regular-season championship and earn the second seed in the NCAA Tournament last season.
Johni Broome is expected to be a strength, but sources claim that won't be enough to keep Auburn at the same level as last season.