The once-dominant Kentucky Wildcats have looked mortal in their first few games this season, prompting college basketball betting experts and NCAA analysts alike to reconsider where the blue chip program ought to stand on the early-season March Madness futures.
After slipping from No. 3 to No. 8 in the Associated Press polls, the Wildcats will be forced to scramble against a struggling Baylor Bears team on Saturday if they want to redeem themselves before they cause any additional damage.
A loss to No. 9 Duke and less-than-impressive showings against Morehead State and Long Island University has given John Calipari’s critics early season fuel.
With last season’s top recruits Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist off in the NBA, the Wildcats simply don’t have the staff that made them one of the safest bets on the college basketball betting scene in 2011-12.
Fortunately for Kentucky fans, the 2012-13 campaign hasn’t been a piece of cake for Baylor either. Two losses to unranked clubs in November alone have fans reconsidering their expectations for the Big 12 Bears.
Although neither have looked particularly impressive this month, good news for college basketball fans in general is that they can’t both come up short when the two teams collide this Saturday. The question is, if neither truly deserves it, which will reap the invaluable benefits of a victory against a Top 25 opponent?