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 possess the Wildcats playing in a high level, but he’ll have to enter the season with rather a different appearance. Four of Kentucky’s starting five will be very 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 probably be going pro.
All is not lost, though, as the Wildcats have already done a good 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 charge and will work well with the incoming freshmen. With their new look, I would be hesitant to put a wager 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 in the AP poll for eight months, including 2 weeks in the top spot. Overall, the Jayhawks finished with a 26-10 record, falling to Auburn. Kansas was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team when it arrived to home and away splits, going a perfect 16-0 at Allen Fieldhouse but only 3-8 in true road games — quite confusing results.
The Jayhawks needed to battle losing guard Lagerald Vick for its season in early February. He’s a senior and won’t be back next year. Additionally, junior centre Udoka Azubuike played with nine matches in 2018-19. But Kansas, despite those holes in the frontcourt and backcourt, still had a Round of 32 appearance. The Jayhawks must be feisty this forthcoming season as I don’t expect Azubuike to be drafted and Vick will be their only loss, so odds of +2000 provide adequate price.
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