The 16th ranked Kansas Jayhawks take on the unbeaten Toledo Rockets tonight in Allen Fieldhouse as the Jayhawks start their last week of non conference action.
THE GAME: Kansas Jayhawks (8-3) Vs Toledo Rockets (12-0)
THE PLACE: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
THE TIME: Saturday, December 30th, 7:00 p.m. CST
THE NETWORK: Time Warner Metro Sports
LIVE STREAM: WatchESPN
The Kansas Jayhawks play on Time Warner’s Metro Sports Monday 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, unless of course, you live in Kansas or Western Missouri, as it will be blocked out in those areas due to the current television contract with Time Warner.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
1- JOEL EMBIID: It is exciting to see the rapid development of the young 7-footer for the Jayhawks. After averaging nine points a game in the first 9 games of the season, Joel Embiid has tallied 35 points in the last two outings against New Mexico and Georgetown. The youngster is starting to be a little dominating at times, and if he can become a consistent force in the paint going into conference play, all the better for the Jayhawks.
2- KEEP UP THE DEFENSE: Since the start of the second half of the New Mexico game, Kansas has looked much better on defense, almost as if the little bulbs Coach Bill Self has been trying to turn on suddenly lighted up. With the size, length, and athleticism the Jayhawks bring to the court, they should be a disruptive force on the defensive end against every opponent. It is just putting forth the effort and knowing their assignments. This could be a very good defensive team but they are a long way away at this point. Kansas must slow down the Rockets’ point guard, Julius Brown, who averages 13.3 points a game, and 7.3 assists. If they can disrupt his game, things should go well for Kansas.
3- RULE THE PAINT: Kansas has 7 players who routinely play that are 6’7″ or taller; Toledo has 2. Kansas should just pound the ball into the big guys on offense tonight, and see if the smaller Rockets’ players can guard them without fouling. On defense, Kansas shouldn’t allow much scoring at all in the paint. The perimeter players must stay on their men at all times, and not let them loose for open jumpers. Toledo is a top 15 team in points (10th), and field goal percetnage (14th), so they can score. If Kansas can rule the paint, and force Toledo to shoot from the outside, the Jayhawks should win this game.