ESPN’s Jay Bilas released “Volume II of The Bilas Index” on Thursday, a ranking of the top sixty-eight teams in college basketball. Bilas refers to his Bilas Index as, “the most dependable and trusted metric of hoop quality and capability in the known universe,” and I think you’re going to like where he ranks the Cats.
In the first tier of the five-tier rankings, you’ll find Kentucky among Bilas’ five NCAA championship contenders. He ranked the Cats fifth on the list, behind Duke, Tennessee, Virginia and Gonzaga, saying, “in all likelihood, the national champion will come from this group.”
Read the part about UK:
5. Kentucky Wildcats
Don’t be too concerned about the loss to LSU. Kentucky is looking more like the team that was ranked No. 1 before the season. Is this team as good as Duke? No. But this team can beat Duke or anyone else. A major difference has been the stellar play of PJ Washington, who is averaging 21 points and almost six rebounds in his past three games. Washington is a legit pro.
For what it’s worth, Kentucky moved to +800 odds to win it all, behind only Duke (+170) and Tennessee (+750) among the favorites on the board. Virginia is also +800, Gonzaga is +900.
To read Bilas’ entire Bilas Index, click here.