The 16th ranked Kansas Jayhawks finish out the non conference portion of their schedule against the 21st ranked San Diego State Aztecs in Allen Fieldhouse as the Jayhawks make their final preparations for Big 12 play.
THE GAME: Kansas Jayhawks (9-3) Vs San Diego State Aztecs (12-1)
THE PLACE: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
THE TIME: Sunday, January 5th, 3:30 p.m. CST
THE NETWORK: CBS
LIVE STREAM: CBS Live Stream – Stream2Watch
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THREE THINGS TO WATCH
1- TURNOVERS: The Jayhawks average 13.8 turnovers a game, and San Diego State forces 14.6 an outing. This could be very dangerous for Kansas as they turned it over 18 times in the 10-point win over Toledo. If Kansas coughs it up that much against the Aztecs, Bill Self just might suffer his 9th loss ever in Allen Fieldhouse. This young Kansas team has not shown they understand the value of each possession. Point guard Naadir Tharpe can dish out his fair share but he also makes his fair share of careless plays with the ball. He needs to protect the basketball in this one.
2- SETTING THE TEMPO: San Diego State only allows 49 points a game, and have given up more than 70 just once. They will try to enforce their will on the Jayhawks. Kansas needs to set the tone of the game by creating turnovers on the defensive end, and running up and down the court. This Kansas team show little interest in playing good defense for a whole game, and they are not strong enough in their half court offense to play a slow, sluggish game. They will have to show a lot of improvement over past efforts in this one if they want to win. They must set the tempo and push the ball up and down the court, in control, and get the Aztecs out of their comfort zone.
3- BIG MAN DEPTH: Kansas has more big man depth than any team in the nation. They need to dominate the paint on both ends of the court. On offense, the Jayhawks need to work the ball into the paint on every possession. Joel Embiid needs to keep the ball moving. Too often, he hangs on to the ball too long. He needs to make his move toward basket quicker or find the open man when teams double and triple team him. If Kansas can move the ball quickly on offense, working the ball into the big guys, they should be able to wear down the Aztecs. On defense, they need to keep San Diego State off the boards. The Aztecs are the 22nd best rebounding team in the nation and Josh Davis averages 11.1 boards a game. Kansas needs to use their depth to get Davis in foul trouble. The Aztecs won’t be near as effective without him.