Tread Gently with Kentucky
Kentucky had a powerful 2018-19 campaign, 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 possess the Wildcats playing in a high level, but he will need to enter the season with rather a different appearance. Four of Kentucky’s starting five are likely to graduate or be drafted in the NBA as Reid Travis is an old and P.J. Washington, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro will likely be moving pro.
All isn’t lost, however, as the Wildcats have already done a good 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 fee and will work nicely with the incoming freshmen. With their new look, I’d be hesitant to put a wager on this bar at +500 at this stage.
Kansas Could be Well-Balanced and Experienced
Kansas had a very intriguing 2018-19, showing flashes of brilliance along with being ranked in the top five in the AP poll for eight months, including 2 weeks at the top spot. The Jayhawks finished with a 26-10 record, falling to Auburn. Kansas was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team as it came to home and away splits, heading a perfect 16-0 at Allen Fieldhouse but just 3-8 in true road games — quite confusing results.
The Jayhawks needed to battle through injuries, losing guard Lagerald Vick for the summer in early February. He’s a senior and won’t be back next year. Furthermore centre Udoka Azubuike and only nine games played . But Kansas, despite those holes in the frontcourt and backcourt, still needed a Round of 32 appearance. The Jayhawks must be feisty this forthcoming season as I do not anticipate Azubuike to be drafted and Vick are their sole loss, so odds of +2000 provide decent value.
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