The 8th ranked Kansas Jayhawks travel south to face the improving Texas Tech Red Raiders tonight. The Jayhawks have a dropped 2 of their last 3 road games.
THE GAME: Kansas Jayhawks (19-6, 10-2) Vs Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-12, 5-7)
THE PLACE: United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas
THE TIME: Tuesday, February, 18th, 7:00 p.m. CST
THE NETWORK: The Big 12 Network and ESPN3
The Kansas Jayhawks play the Texas Tech Red Raiders this evening on the Big 12 Network 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 Red Raiders at ESPN.Go.com/watchespn. This game is on ESPN 3 for those who don’t get the Big 12 Network, so anyone can watch it online. It is not scheduled t0 be blacked out at this time.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. CARRY OVER THE INTENSITY: It was obvious from the very start of the second half of the game against TCU that something was different. The Jayhawks came out with more obvious intensity than at any one point of the season thus far. They played defense as it is supposed to be played, and their hustle was terrific, on both ends of the floor. Kansas needs to maintain that intensity tonight against a very dangerous team in Texas Tech. The Red Raiders play tough at home, and do not get blown out of games. If the Jayhawks show up without their heads in the game, they will lose.
2. TECH INSIDE PLAY: Texas Tech needs to keep their inside players out of foul trouble. A bulk of their offense is scored by forwards Jaye Crockett and Jordan Tolbert, and if either one of these two players have to sit much because of fouls, the Red Raiders may have trouble finding points. Kansas throws a lot of big bodies into the fray, and can afford some fouls; Texas Tech cannot.
3. JOEL EMBIID WATCH: After sitting out last game with back and knee soreness, it will be interesting to see if Joel Embiid can regain some of the effectiveness he has lost over the past handful of games. Conditioning may also be a factor because Embiid did not participate in practice last week. Kansas needs Embiid to continue to improve so he hits his peak come tournament time.