Tread Gently with Kentucky
Kentucky had a successful 2018-19 campaign, placing 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 in a high level, but he’ll have to enter the season with quite a different appearance. Four of Kentucky’s starting five will be very likely to graduate or be drafted in the NBA as Reid Travis is an old and P.J. Washington, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro will likely be going pro.
All isn’t lost, though, since the Wildcats have 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 nicely with the incoming freshmen. With their brand new appearance, I would be hesitant to lay a wager on this bar in +500 at this stage.
Kansas May be Well-Balanced and Experienced
Kansas had a very interesting 2018-19, revealing flashes of brilliance and being ranked in the top five at the AP poll for eight weeks, including 2 weeks in the top place. Overall, the Jayhawks ended with a 26-10 record, falling to Auburn from the Round of 32. Kansas was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team when it arrived to house and away splits, heading a perfect 16-0 in Allen Fieldhouse but only 3-8 in true road games — very confusing results.
The Jayhawks had to battle through accidents, losing protect Lagerald Vick for its season in early February. He is a senior and won’t be back next year. Additionally, junior center Udoka Azubuike and nine matches played in 2018-19. But Kansas, despite those holes in the frontcourt and backcourt, nevertheless needed a Round of 32 look. The Jayhawks must be feisty this upcoming season as I don’t anticipate Azubuike to be drafted and Vick will be their only loss, so chances of +2000 provide decent price.
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