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ESPN Updates Kentucky's Odds After Missouri Win

Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men's Final Four.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 03: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men's Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, the Kentucky Wildcats got their 12th win in 13 games with a 66-58 win over Missouri. One day later, ESPN has updated their odds of winning the SEC.

Per ESPN's Basketball Power Index (BPI), the Wildcats now have a 33-percent chance of winning the SEC. They trail only Tennessee (61-percent) and LSU (45.1-percent) for the top odds.

Kentucky's projected overall record after the win over Missouri is 25.7-5.3 overall. The Wildcats' projected conference record is 14.7-3.3 - just behind LSU.

No other SEC team has greater than a 0.1-percent chance of winning the conference title.

Despite their odds setting them up as the third-best team in the SEC, ESPN's BPI has their seeding in the NCAA tournament much higher.

As of writing, ESPN projects that the Wildcats as a No. 2 seed, with a 68.6-percent chance of making the Sweet 16.

The Wildcats have the sixth-best odds of winning the tournament, with a 3.1-percent chance.

While Tennessee has the better seed in the projection, Kentucky's odds are deemed better overall.

It certainly helps Kentucky's case that they own a win over the Vols from this past weekend. Led by 23 points from P.J. Washington, John Calipari's side blew out the Vols in a 86-69 win.

Tennessee's 69 points in the game were the second fewest they've score all season.