The 8th ranked Kansas Jayhawks will try to maintain their 1-game lead in the Big 12 on Saturday when they face the West Virginia Mountaineers in Allen Fieldhouse.
THE GAME: Kansas Jayhawks (17-5, 8-1) Vs West Virginia Mountaineers (14-9, 6-4)
THE PLACE: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
THE TIME: Saturday, February, 8th, 3:00 p.m. CST
THE NETWORK: ESPN
LIVE STREAM: ESPN.Go.com/watchespn
The Kansas Jayhawks play the West Virginia Mountaineers on ESPN this afternoon 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 Mountaineers 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. STOP STATEN: The Jayhawks must find a way to contain the Mountaineers’ biggest weapon, Juwan Staten. The West Virginia point guard leads the team in scoring, assists, steals, and field goal percentage. If that wasn’t enough, he is the second leading rebounder on the team. If Kansas defenders can disrupt his rhythm and flow, the Mountaineers will have trouble getting into their offense. How the Jayhawks guard Staten might determine of this is an easy win for KU, or a nail biter.
2. FIND THE STROKE: Kansas has struggled shooting the ball over the past two games. Against the Longhorns and the Bears, the Jayhawks have hit just 50 of their 119 field goal attempts for 42%. This includes nailing 50% of their 3-pointers (12-24). This translates to Kansas connecting on just 40% of their shots inside the arc. The Jayhawks were number one in the country in field goal shooting a week ago. Two bad games have dropped them to 5th. They must finish their shots to continue winning.
3. GET EMBIID ON TRACK: Joel Embiid, the talented big man for the Jayhawks, is in a bit of a slump. He has scored just 12 points total in the past two games. He has only made 4 of his 15 shots in those contests. Kansas needs to get the ball to the freshman early and often in the paint, and he needs to finish at the rim. Embiid also needs to keep out of foul trouble as well. The guards can help out by defending better on the perimeter, and not forcing the big men to clean up the guards’ messes when their men get by them in the paint.