The 18th ranked Kansas Jayhawks play their first home game in 28 days this morning as the Georgetown Hoyas come to visit Phog Allen Fieldhouse, in another exciting match up between national heavy weight programs.
THE GAME: Kansas Jayhawks (7-3) Vs Georgetown Hoyas (7-2)
THE PLACE: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
THE TIME: Saturday, December 21st, 11:00 a.m. CST
THE NETWORK: ESPN
LIVE STREAM: WatchESPN
The Kansas Jayhawks play on ESPN 2 Saturday evening 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- GUARD PLAY: Yes, guard play again. The Kansas guards have been extremely inconsistent all season. The New Mexico game marked Naadir Tharpe‘s return to the starting line up after coming off the bench for two games. Tharpe looked fantastic at times as he dished out a team high nine assists but he also turned the ball over 4 times, and had a number of passes in the half court offense deflected. There is no discernible reason why Frank Mason was given just six minutes playing time to Tharpe’s 37, as Mason has been Kansas’ best guard in several games thus far. Wayne Selden Jr. needs to find his comfort level in the offense as well, as he has played like an unsure freshman all season.
2- JOSHUA SMITH: The Georgetown center is 6’10″, 350 pounds, 90 pounds heavier than Kansas’ bulkiest player, Tarik Black. It will be fun to see how the Jayhawks go about defending Joshua Smith, as well as how they attack him on offense. Smith is not a strong rebounder as he pulls in just 3.9 a game. Joel Embiid, Black, Jamari Traylor, and Landen Lucas might all get a chance to match up with the mountainous Hoya. We shall see just how physical the Jayhawks can be against Smith.
3- THE ROTATION: As conference play quickly approaches, Bill Self will probably be trimming his rotation down to nine primary players. Andrew Wiggins, Selden Jr., Embiid, Tharpe, Perry Ellis, Mason, and Tryalor appear to be locks for the rotation. Black and Lucas seemed to be vying for playing time as the second big reserve, while Brannen Greene appears to be the favorite guard to win minutes over Andrew White III and Conner Frankamp. With this much talented depth at his disposal though, Self can afford to be flexible with his rotation, going with match ups and the hot hand as much as a written in stone 9-player rotation.