The 10th ranked Kansas Jayhawks draw the worst match up ever for a number one seed in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference Tournament in the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
THE GAME: Kansas Jayhawks (23-8, 14-4) Vs Oklahoma State Cowboys (21-11, 8-10)
THE PLACE: Sprint Center – Kansas City, Missouri
THE TIME: Thursday, March 13th, 2 p.m. CDT
THE NETWORK: ESPN 2
LIVE STREAM: ESPN.Go.com/watchespn
The Kansas Jayhawks play the Oklahoma State Cowboys this afternoon on ESPN 2 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 Cowboys at ESPN.Go.com/watchespn. This feature is only available those whose cable providers offer WatchESPN. It may be blacked in certain areas.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. 4-HEADED BIG MAN: The Kansas Jayhawks really need their depth on the interior to play well and physical. There can be no disappearing acts today for Tarik Black, Perry Ellis, Jamari Traylor, and Landen Lucas as all will be called upon to cove the absence of Joel Embiid. They cannot allow the Cowboys to push them around on the outside, not can they commit silly fouls. Their play around the rim will go along way toward Kansas getting a win.
2. ANDREW WIGGINS TIME: It is the post season, a time where stars whine the brightest. Andrew Wiggins showed us last weekend just what he is capable of by dropping in 41 in a losing effort against West Virginia. If his teammates come to play, Wiggins won’t need 41 again, but he has to have his head in the game at all times. They need him to have a great game.
3. THINK SMART: The Cowboys have a star of their own, and he will be mentally ready to play. Marcus Smart has had some issues this season but there is no mistaking how good of a basketball player he is. The Kansas Jayhawks need to guard him tooth and nail for 40 minutes. The can’t just let him drive to the lane, and get fouled all day. They must challenged him on the perimeter, and stop him around the arc. Look for Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden, Jr. to spend the most time on him. Smart is too much player for Naadir Tharpe.