Tread Gently with Kentucky
Kentucky had a powerful 2018-19 effort, placing 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 quite a different appearance. Four of Kentucky’s starting five are 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 is not lost, however, since the Wildcats have already done a fantastic job recruitment for the upcoming season, securing 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 well with the incoming freshmen. With their brand new look, I would be hesitant to lay a wager on this club at +500 at this point.
Kansas Could be Well-Balanced and Experienced
Kansas had an extremely intriguing 2018-19, showing flashes of brilliance along with being rated in the top five in the AP survey for eight months, including 2 weeks in the top spot. Overall, the Jayhawks ended with a 26-10 record, falling to Auburn. Kansas was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde club as it came to house and away splits, going a perfect 16-0 at Allen Fieldhouse but only 3-8 in true road games — very confusing results.
The Jayhawks needed to battle through injuries, losing guard Lagerald Vick for its summer. He’s a senior and won’t be back . Furthermore centre Udoka Azubuike played only nine matches . But Kansas, despite those huge 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 are their only loss, so chances of +2000 provide decent price.
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