Tread Lightly with Kentucky
Kentucky had a powerful 2018-19 effort, putting together a 30-7 record en route to an Elite Eight berth before falling to Auburn in overtime. Undoubtedly head coach John Calipari will have the Wildcats playing in a high degree, but he will have to enter the season with rather a different look. Four of Kentucky’s starting five will be very likely to graduate or be drafted in the NBA since Reid Travis is a senior and P.J. Washington, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro will likely be going pro.
All isn’t lost, though, as the Wildcats have 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 new appearance, I would be hesitant to lay a bet on this bar in +500 at this point.
Kansas May be Well-Balanced and Experienced
Kansas had an extremely intriguing 2018-19, revealing flashes of brilliance along with being rated in the top five in the AP survey for eight weeks, including 2 weeks at the top spot. The Jayhawks ended with a 26-10 record, falling to Auburn in the Round of 32. Kansas was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team as it came to house and away splits, going a perfect 16-0 at 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’s a senior and won’t be back next year. Furthermore, junior centre Udoka Azubuike played nine games . But Kansas, despite those big holes in the frontcourt and backcourt, nevertheless had a Round of 32 appearance. The Jayhawks should be feisty this upcoming season as I do not expect Azubuike to be drafted and Vick will be their only loss, so odds of +2000 provide adequate price.
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