Tread Lightly with Kentucky
Kentucky had a successful 2018-19 effort, putting 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 possess the Wildcats playing at a high degree, but he’ll need to enter the season with quite a different look. Four of Kentucky’s starting five will be likely to graduate or be drafted into the NBA as Reid Travis is a senior and P.J. Washington, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro will probably be moving pro.
All isn’t lost, however, as the Wildcats have done a good job recruiting for the upcoming season, procuring 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 fee and will work nicely with the incoming freshmen. With their brand new appearance, I’d be hesitant to put a bet on this bar in +500 at this point.
Kansas Could be Well-Balanced and Experienced
Kansas had an extremely intriguing 2018-19, showing flashes of brilliance and being rated in the top five at the AP survey for eight months, including 2 weeks at the top place. The Jayhawks finished the year with a 26-10 record, falling to Auburn in the Round of 32. Kansas was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde club as it arrived to house and away splits, going a perfect 16-0 in Allen Fieldhouse but only 3-8 in true road games — quite confusing results.
The Jayhawks needed to battle losing protect Lagerald Vick for the summer. He is a senior and won’t be back . Furthermore, junior center Udoka Azubuike played with nine games in 2018-19. But Kansas, despite those huge holes in the frontcourt and backcourt, nevertheless needed a Round of 32 appearance. The Jayhawks should be feisty this upcoming season as I don’t expect Azubuike to be drafted and Vick are their only loss, so odds of +2000 provide adequate price.
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