The 6th ranked Kansas Jayhawks will try to duplicate their victory from 2 weeks ago as the host the 15th ranked Iowa State Cyclones.
THE GAME: Kansas Jayhawks (15-4, 6-0) Vs Iowa State Cyclones (15-3, 3-3)
THE PLACE: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
THE TIME: Wednesday, January 29th, 8:00 p.m. CST
THE NETWORK: ESPNU
LIVE STREAM: ESPN.Go.com/watchespn
The Kansas Jayhawks play the Iowa State on ESPNU Wednesday night so if you are on the go or can’t be near your television, we have you covered. You can still catch the Kansas Jayhawks live stream as they take on the at ESPN.Go.com/watchespn. Tonight’s game is only available to customers of cable providers that offer WatchESPN. It is not on ESPN3.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. PROTECT THE BASKETBALL: Kansas escaped Ames with a 7-point win two weeks ago despite turning the ball over a whopping 24 times. The Jayhawks cannot count on the Cyclones missing 84% of their 3-point attempts tonight. They cannot be careless with ball. At some point, their carelessness with the basketball is going to cost them a win. If Iowa State is hot instead of cold from long distance, it could be tonight.
2. GUARD THE THREE: Iowa State averages 25 shots a game from behind the arc, the exact same amount the actually shot in the Kansas win in Ames. The Cyclones average 9 made 3-pointers a game, 5 less than they connected on in the two teams’ previous meeting. That game very well might have had a different outcome if the Cyclones just would matched their average of made shots from deep. Kansas must recognize the Cyclone shooters and guard them tight around the perimeter. They cannot afford to let the Iowa State shooters to gt comfortable. The Jayhawks must apply pressure and challenge every long range attempt.
3. ENJOY THE RIDE! The young Jayhawks need to play focused, but they should stay loose and free tonight. This game means a lot more to the Cyclones, who can ill afford to drop a 4th game so early in the conference season. Kansas has some cushion to work with, but they can’t just mail this one in. Kansas needs to play with intensity on both ends of the court but they should have fun doing so. We are seeing more and more of this with the Jayhawks. If they play their game, they will beat Iowa State again. They just need to have fun out on the court. Winning is fun!