Posted on: November 25, 2008 3:15 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2008 10:19 pm

Kansas Jayhawks Game Preview

#22 Kansas Jayhawks 3-0

Kansas Starting Lineup:
G Sherron Collins Jr.
G Brady Morningstar Jr.
G Tyshawn Taylor Fr.
F Marcus Morris Fr.
C Cole Aldrich Soph.

Key Bench Players:
C Markieff Morris Fr.
G Tyrel Reed Soph.
G Travis Releford Fr.

Previous Game: The Jayhawks beat Washington in the semifinal of the CBE Classic 73-54. Cole Aldrich was the man for the Jayhawks as he led the team with a career high 16 points 9 rebounds and 6 blocks, also a career high. The Kansas defense held Washington to below 30% shooting from the field at a 29.2% clip. They also had 4 double digit scorers, the most of the season.

Game Preview: Sherron Collins v. Jonny Flynn... Cole Aldrich v. Arinze Onuaku. Kansas defense hasn't allowed a team to shoot better than 30% all season. Cuse has shot better than 50% in every game this season. Needless to say, this is a big time matchup. Kansas starts 3 players at 6 foot 3, they are small and not a great rebounding team, as Washington out rebounded them by 8 yesterday. Cuse should have a field day on the boards, Harris, Onuaku and maybe even Rick Jackson should all have 8-9+ rebounds. I expect Kansas to play man defense, Harris and Devendorf have mismatches especially Harris, expect him to go off yet again tonight. As for Cuse on defense, that is up in the air, you will see 2-3 and man. I say Cuse will start off in the 2-3 and until Kansas proves they can shoot over it, which they haven't done all that much of so far this season, we stay in it. Keep an eye on the Kansas bench too, last game they really only went 7 deep, until the game was easily in hand.

My Prediction: In a rematch of the 2003 championship game, I like Cuse 85-78. I think Flynn and Collins will cancel each other out, same with Aldrich and Onuaku. Harris will have a double-double night and go home with the MVP award. The deciding factor in this game, will be bench play. I think Cuse is too experienced and deep for Kansas, I expect Rautins and Joseph to see double figures again.

Final Score: 89-81 Syracuse OT
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