Tread Lightly with Kentucky
Kentucky had a successful 2018-19 effort, placing with a 30-7 record en route to an Elite Eight berth before falling to Auburn in overtime. Undoubtedly head coach John Calipari will possess the Wildcats playing at a high level, but he will have to enter the season with quite a different appearance. Four of Kentucky’s starting five will be very likely to graduate or be drafted in the NBA since Reid Travis is an old and P.J. Washington, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro will likely be moving pro.
All is not lost, though, as the Wildcats have already done a fantastic job recruiting for the upcoming season, procuring two 2019 McDonald’s All-Americans, shooting guard Tyrese Maxey and small forward Khalil Whitney. I expect sophomores Immanuel Quickley and E.J. Montgomery to lead the fee and will work well with the incoming freshmen. With their brand new look, I’d be hesitant to lay a wager on this club in +500 at this stage.
Kansas May be Well-Balanced and Experienced
Kansas had an extremely intriguing 2018-19, showing flashes of brilliance along with being ranked in the top five in the AP survey for eight weeks, including two weeks at the top place. The Jayhawks ended the year with a 26-10 record, falling to Auburn in the Round of 32. Kansas was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team when it arrived to home and away splits, heading a perfect 16-0 in Allen Fieldhouse but just 3-8 in true road games — very confusing results.
The Jayhawks needed to battle losing guard Lagerald Vick for the summer. He is a senior and won’t be back next year. Furthermore centre Udoka Azubuike played only nine games in 2018-19. But Kansas, despite those holes in the frontcourt and backcourt needed a Round of 32 appearance. The Jayhawks must be feisty this forthcoming season as I don’t anticipate Azubuike to be drafted and Vick are their only loss, so chances of +2000 provide adequate price.
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