The 10th ranked Kansas Jayhawks will look to pick up the pace today against the high scoring, 16th ranked Iowa State Cyclones in the semi-finals of the 2014 Big 12 Tournament.
THE GAME: Kansas Jayhawks (24-8, 14-4) Vs Iowa State Cyclones (24-7, 11-7)
THE PLACE: Sprint Center – Kansas City, Missouri
THE TIME: Friday, March 14th, 6 p.m. CDT
THE NETWORK: ESPNU and the Big 12 Network
LIVE STREAM: ESPN.Go.com/watchespn
The Kansas Jayhawks play the Iowa State Cyclones this evening on ESPNU 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 Cyclones 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. BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: No, not Andrew Wiggins. Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim was named the best player in conference, and deservedly so. Ejim averages 18.4 points a game for the season, with 8.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1.1 steals. The Jayhawks will need to guard Ejim and DeAndre Kane in an effort to slow down the Cyclones. Contain these two, and the Kansas Jayhawks have a good chance to win this ball game.
2. PAGING PERRY ELLIS: The Jayhawks need Perry Ellis to be a major factor in tonight’s game. Ellis is the next best scorer Kansas has after Wiggins, but Ellis tends to disappear for whole games at a time. He must stay on the floor tonight and produce. Kansas needs Ellis to be a legitimate offensive option to take the pressure off Wiggins going forward. Ellis needs to be a force for Kansas to have a deep run in either post season tournament.
3. WEARY WIGGINS: We shall see if Bill Self playing Andrew Wiggins all 45 minutes yesterday will affect his play tonight, especially on his shot. He has scored 71 points in his last 2 games, and is pretty much the only offensive threat the Jayhawks have with Embiid out. A weary Wiggins, with tired legs, may not shoot well tonight, or have his normal spring on defense and rebounds. If Wiggins is coming up short, the Jayhawks may be in trouble if no one else steps forward to score some points.