Tread Lightly 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 at a high level, but he’ll have to enter the season with rather a different appearance. Four of Kentucky’s starting five are very likely to graduate or be drafted in the NBA as Reid Travis is a senior and P.J. Washington, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro will probably be going pro.
All isn’t lost, however, as the Wildcats have already done a fantastic job recruitment 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 well with the incoming freshmen. With their new appearance, I’d be hesitant to lay a bet on this club in +500 at this point.
Kansas May be Well-Balanced and Experienced
Kansas had an extremely intriguing 2018-19, revealing 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 ended the year with a 26-10 record, falling to Auburn in the Round of 32. Kansas was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde club when it arrived to home and away splits, going a perfect 16-0 at Allen Fieldhouse but just 3-8 in true road games — very confusing results.
The Jayhawks needed to battle through injuries, losing guard Lagerald Vick for the summer in February. He is a senior and won’t be back . Junior center Udoka Azubuike and nine matches played in 2018-19. However, Kansas, despite those holes in the frontcourt and backcourt, still had a Round of 32 look. The Jayhawks should be feisty this upcoming season as I don’t expect Azubuike to be drafted and Vick are their sole loss, so odds of +2000 provide decent price.
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