The Kansas Jayhawks are expected to be one of the best teams in the Big 12 conference this season. They are currently ranked seventh in the nation in the AP and USA Today college basketball polls. The Jayhawks have good, but not great odds in Vegas to win it all.
Online sportsbook sites have pegged Kansas with +1500 odds to win the NCAA Championship. While the Jayhawks lost some big names from last year’s team, they have enough talent remaining to make a serious run at the title.
Who Kansas Lost
Kansas lost three key players from last year’s squad. Sherron Collins, the veteran point guard, was lost to graduation. He was the glue that kept the Jayhawks together. Collins had seen it all and was one of the best leaders in all of college basketball.
He was also the leading scorer last year, averaging 15.5 points per game. In addition, Collins had the most assists on the team at 4.5 per game.
Another veteran player, center Cole Aldrich, left for the NBA. Aldrich was the Jayhawks best defensive player, pulling down 9.8 rebounds and blocking 3.5 shots per game. Big men like Aldrich are hard to find in the college game and the best betting sites know it.
High scoring wing player Xavier Henry left for the NBA after only one season at Kansas. Henry averaged 13.4 points per game and was a dead eye shooter. He was able to spread the defense and create driving lanes for his teammates.
Aldrich is probably the loss that means the most to linesmakers. His impact on the defensive end was unmatched. Expect higher scoring games now that he is no longer in Kansas.
Who Kansas Has
The Jayhawks still have plenty of firepower to compete in the Big 12 and in the NCAA Tournament. Freshman Josh Selby is one of the most heralded recruits in the country. He is expected to take over for Collins at point guard. Selby is extremely quick and creates a lot of open looks for his teammates.
The leading returning scorer and rebounder is Marcus Morris. He is expected to improve on his 12.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game from last season. Look for Morris to take over a leadership role and make sure that the younger players perform to their abilities.
Bettors need to keep a close eye on Selby. If he is firing on all cylinders, the Jayhawks will be a high scoring team that can beat any team in the nation.
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