The 15th ranked Kansas Jayhawks play host to the 9th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Jayhawks suffered their only home loss of the season last year at the hands of the Cowboys.
THE GAME: Kansas Jayhawks (12-4, 3-0) Vs Oklahoma State Cowboys (15-2, 3-1)
THE PLACE: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
THE TIME: Saturday, January 18th, 3:00 p.m. CST
THE NETWORK: CBS
LIVE STREAM: CBS Live Stream – Stream2Watch
The Kansas Jayhawks play on CBS Sunday afternoon 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 CBS Live Stream – Stream2Watch.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. TURNOVERS: This record is getting old but Kansas continues to be extremely careless with the basketball. After looking to have made an improvement in this area a week ago against Kansas State, when the Jayhawks turned the ball over just 8 times, they coughed it up 24 times against Iowa State. If Kansas gives up that many possessions against the Cowboys, the Jayhawks will not win this game.
2. DEFENSE MUST BE THE FOCUS: Oklahoma State may just be the best all around team the Jayhawks have faced, even considering that Kansas has played the most difficult schedule in the country. Kansas has some match up problems in the back court but if the young Jayhawks come to play, and are focused on wreaking havoc defensively, they might be able to overcome the mismatches. The Jayhawks have yet to buy in to what Bill Self wants to do on the defensive end of the court but today would be a great day for them to start believing.
3. MARCUS SMART AND ANDREW WIGGINS: If the talented Cowboy guard is still fired up that Wiggins was getting so much attention in the preseason, he might turn things up in this game even more, if that is possible. Marcus Smart is a gritty, hard nosed performer who can almost will his teammates to victory. Andrew Wiggins is much more laid back, but he is starting to display a little more fire and desire himself. This mini rivalry between the two might just be enough to spur the freshman to move forward, and closer, to his immense potential. It would be great to watch Wiggins have the force of will not to let the Jayhawks lose, much like he did earlier in the season against Duke.