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.
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— Circa Sports (@CircaSports) January 8, 2020
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.