The 8th ranked Kansas Jayhawks and the Kansas State Wildcats renew the Sunflower Showdown tonight on ESPN’s Big Monday. Kansas won by 26 in their match up earlier in the season in Lawrence.
THE GAME: Kansas Jayhawks (18-5, 9-1) Vs Kansas State Wildcats (16-7, 6-4)
THE PLACE: Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan Kansas
THE TIME: Monday, February, 10th, 8:00 p.m. CST
THE NETWORK: ESPN
LIVE STREAM: ESPN.Go.com/watchespn
The Kansas Jayhawks play the Kansas State Wildcats on ESPN this evening 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 Wildcats 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. MARCUS FOSTER: The Wildcat freshman has been the catalyst offensively for Kansas State so far this season. He is their leading scorer, putting up 14.7 points a game. He scored just 7 points in the first game against the Jayhawks but tallied 34 points Saturday in the win against Texas. How much Foster can produce tonight will probably determine the outcome. The Wildcats do not have a lot of options on offense.
2. RULING THE PAINT: The Jayhawks have legions of depth on the inside that Kansas State is going to have to deal with. The Wildcats will try to battle it out with Thomas Gipson and Nino Williams against Joel Embiid, Perry Ellis, Tarik Black, and Jamari Traylor, plus Landen Lucas, if needed. Gipson and Williams must stay out of foul trouble, and the Kansas big men are going to attack the paint to take advantage of their size inside. If Gipson and Williams have trouble staying on the court, the Jayhawks will have a distinct advantage, and it may be just too much for the Wildcats to overcome.
3. TOP DEFENDERS: In conference play, the two schools from the Sunflower State have the best two defenses, as far as field goal percentage against goes, in the Big 12. Kansas has allowed opponents to shoot just 40.0% against Big 12 schools, while Kansas State is right behind them at 40.1%. The Wildcats have been a good defensive team all season, and Kansas has improved in conference play. This looks to be a low scoring, hard fought affair. Don’t pay much attention to the score from their first meeting; the Wildcats are not going to allow 86 points to the Jayhawks in this one at home, where they are extremely tough. Kansas hasn’t played well against tough defenses, for the most part, this season, so if the Wildcats can guard without fouling, they can stay in this game.