Head Coach: Bill Self
Location: Omaha, NE
Conference: Big 12
Mascot: Big Jay, Centennial Jay, Baby Jay
Last time out: Beat UMKC
Typical Rotation Depth: 8+
Line: Kansas by 19.5
Tempo: Fast Offense/Grind Defense
Style: High Assists/Low 3pt Attempts
4 Factors Good: Elite shooting, elite shotting defense, elite offensive rebounding
4 Factors Bad: Middle of the road in the FT game
|Off. Reb. %:||35.9||27.7||29.8|
Player to watch:
With all due respect to Mo Waston, senior PG Frank Mason will be the best PG we face this season. He's leading the Jayhawks in assist while putting up 20+ PPG. He's shooting well from everywhere and can create his shot whenever he wants.
Player to watch:
The 6'8" freshman is the second leading scorer and leading rebounded for Kansas though he's currently struggling from the outside as well as the FT line. In his spare time he's projected top 5 draft pick in the upcoming NBA draft.
There are a couple of chinks in the armor here with Kansas we can look to exploit. The Jayhawks don't shoot a ton of 3s so we can play our pack defense. Their front court is a bit thin and foul prone. Their FT shooting from guards is fairly average and downright dismal from their post players. However, we're talking about the minor problems of the #3 team in the country that rarely loses home games and easily the best defense these young struggling Huskers have seen this year.
Georgia probably gave Nebraska the best look of what a slow defensive team can accomplish against Kansas which was to hold the Jayhawks to 65 points at the Sprint Center in KC (They still lost by 11). Essentially you'd need Kansas to brick their way through a game where Nebraska is able to slow play their way to around 70 points. It's not like it's impossible, it's just highly improbable.
Prediction: Kansas 82 - Nebraska 63