Tread Lightly with Kentucky
Kentucky had a powerful 2018-19 campaign, putting with a 30-7 record en route to an Elite Eight berth before falling to Auburn in overtime. No doubt head coach John Calipari will have the Wildcats playing at a high degree, but he’ll have to enter the season with rather a different look. Four of Kentucky’s starting five will be likely to graduate or be drafted into the NBA since Reid Travis is an old and P.J. Washington, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro will probably be going pro.
All isn’t lost, however, since the Wildcats have already done a fantastic job recruitment for the upcoming season, procuring two 2019 McDonald’s All-Americans, shooting guard Tyrese Maxey and little forward Khalil Whitney. I expect sophomores Immanuel Quickley and E.J. Montgomery to lead the charge and will work well with the incoming freshmen. With their brand new appearance, I would be hesitant to put a wager on this bar in +500 at this point.
Kansas Could be Well-Balanced and Experienced
Kansas had an extremely interesting 2018-19, revealing flashes of brilliance along with being ranked in the top five at the AP survey for eight months, including 2 weeks at the top spot. The Jayhawks ended with a 26-10 record, falling to Auburn. Kansas was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team as it came to house and away splits, heading a perfect 16-0 in Allen Fieldhouse but just 3-8 in true road games — quite confusing results.
The Jayhawks needed to battle losing guard Lagerald Vick for the season in February. He is a senior and won’t be back next year. Junior centre Udoka Azubuike and just nine matches played . But Kansas, despite those big holes in the frontcourt and backcourt, nevertheless had a Round of 32 look. The Jayhawks should be feisty this forthcoming season as I do not expect Azubuike to be drafted and Vick are their only loss, so odds of +2000 provide adequate value.
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