TEXAS TECH @ KANSAS | 2/02 | 4:00 PM EST
The Red Raiders have been very tough on defense this season. They rank third in the nation in points allowed per game (56.8), first in field goal percentage defense (36.1%) and third in three-point defense (26.4%). Bob Knight, if he was paying attention, would be proud of the job Chris Beard is doing. The offense is pedestrian as they average just 70.7 points per game on 47.2 percent shooting (34.7% 3pt). So pace of play is fairly slow for the Red Raiders, who rank 295th with 69.2 possessions per game.
The loss of center Udoka Azubuike (7-0, 270) was a tough one to overcome. Even Kansas, who has 14 straight Big 12 titles, might not be able to overcome Azubuike’s presence in the paint and his 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds. The Jayhawks have now lost two straight games to Kentucky (71-63) and a mediocre Texas squad (73-63) on the road.
Let’s get the best of an opening number that is bound to grow by tip-off Saturday. This is just a classic spot in which to back the Jayhawks, who are coming back-to-back losses to Kentucky and Texas. They should give an inspired performance against a tough Texas Tech club, reminding basketball observers that the Big 12 title still runs through Lawrence.