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Kentucky was listed at 1000/1 odds to win the NIT yesterday

Shortly before tip-off last night, Circa Sports, a popular oddsmaker out in Vegas, released its odds to win college basketball’s coveted NIT championship. Read that closely. Odds to win the NIT championship.

Kentucky somehow made the list at 1000/1 to be the victor in this spring’s National Invitational Tournament; a tournament the Cats have won twice, but not since 1976. Matter of fact, Kentucky has only played in three postseason NITs since that ’76 championship season: most recently in Billy Gillispie’s last dance in 2009 and again in 2013 when Nerlens Noel was hurt. But we don’t talk about those years anymore.

Today I asked Circa’s own Matt Lindeman, a UK grad and friend of the program, if Kentucky’s win at Georgia had any impact on the odds. He said the number has since moved all the way to 300/1, simply because 1000/1 is way too long of odds for anyone. Kentucky is still the biggest underdog on the board today.

If you’re a little more optimistic and think Kentucky will be playing in the NCAA Tournament (and you should because that is absolutely happening), you can get the Cats at 20/1 there. These NIT odds are just for fun, although I’d love to have $20 or so bucks on that 1000/1 bet just in case.




Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

2 Comments for Kentucky was listed at 1000/1 odds to win the NIT yesterday

  1. runningunnin.454
    8:00 pm January 8, 2020 Permalink

    Yup, hard to win it, if you’re not in it; however, there was a time a team could compete in both, and the NIT was the premier tourney.

  2. Vanderblue
    11:39 pm January 8, 2020 Permalink

    Extremely low chance of making the NIT instead of NCAA and then I’d say even lower a chance of the players caring enough about the NIT to put in the effort to win it. Some programs would be happy with an NIT win, Kentucky is not one of those.