Tread Lightly with Kentucky
Kentucky had a successful 2018-19 campaign, putting 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’ll need to enter the season with quite a different appearance. Four of Kentucky’s starting five will be 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 isn’t lost, though, since the Wildcats have already done a good job recruiting for the upcoming season, securing two 2019 McDonald’s All-Americans, shooting guard Tyrese Maxey and small forward Khalil Whitney. I anticipate sophomores Immanuel Quickley and E.J. Montgomery to lead the charge and will work nicely with the incoming freshmen. With their brand new appearance, I’d be hesitant to put a wager on this club in +500 at this stage.
Kansas May be Well-Balanced and Experienced
Kansas had a very intriguing 2018-19, revealing flashes of brilliance and being ranked in the top five at the AP poll for eight weeks, including two weeks in the top place. Overall, the Jayhawks ended with a 26-10 record, falling to Auburn. Kansas was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde club when it came to home and away splits, heading a perfect 16-0 at Allen Fieldhouse but only 3-8 in true road games — very confusing results.
The Jayhawks had to battle through accidents, losing guard Lagerald Vick for the summer. He is a senior and won’t be back . Furthermore, junior center Udoka Azubuike and nine games played with . But Kansas, despite those holes in the frontcourt and backcourt, still 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 will be their only loss, so chances of +2000 provide adequate price.
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