THE GAME: Kansas Jayhawks (6-2) @ Florida Gators (6-2)
THE PLACE: Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida
THE TIME: Monday, December 10th, 6:00 p.m. CST
THE NETWORK: ESPN
LIVE STREAM: WatchESPN
The Kansas Jayhawks play on ESPN Monday night so if you are on the go or can’t be near your television, we have you covered. You can still catch the Jayhawks live online at WatchESPN.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
1- NAME RECOGNITION – The Jayhawks were all fired up for Duke but haven’t shown much intensity for any of their other 7 opponents. Florida, with their national ranking, name coach, and recent national championships, may provided the incentive the Kansas youngsters evidently need to show up focused. This particular Kansas squad has not shown much fire on the court this season, and it is a big reason they have played so poorly over the last several games.
2- THREE-POINT SHOOTING – Kansas hit just 5 of 20 threes against Colorado in their loss Saturday, 5 for 19 against UTEP, 2 for 11 against Villanova, and 3 for 15 against Wake Forest. Combined, Kansas has hit just 15 of 65 three-pointers over their past 4 games for a putrid 23.1%. For the season, Kansas is shooting 29.8% from behind the arc. If Kansas isn’t going to shoot any better than that from deep, they are really going to struggle because teams are going to work very hard to keep them away from the basket. The Jayhawks have to find a way to knockdown some long jumpers and loosen up opposing defenses.
3- DEFENSE FOR FORTY – Every game this seems to be a point of interest for Jayhawk fans, mainly because they have seen very little defense from their team this season. They certainly haven’t witnessed good defense for a whole game. The perimeter players have been either losing their men and allowing open long threes, or have lost them on drives to the basket. When the former happens, the opponents have been making them pay, and when the latter occurs, the big men have been fouling while trying to help out. Regardless, it is not a good formula as Kansas no longer has Jeff Withey to clean up the mistakes. These Kansas players just have not bought into Coach Self’s defensive philosophy, and it is starting to become evident in the loss column.