It is March Madness! The two-seeded Kansas Jayhawks meet up with the 15-seeded Eastern Kentucky Colonels, from the Ohio Valley Conference in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
THE GAME: Kansas Jayhawks (24-9, 14-4) Vs Eastern Kentucky Colonels (24-9, 11-5)
THE PLACE: Scotttrade Center – St. Louis, Missouri
THE TIME: Friday, March 21st, 3:10 p.m. CDT
THE NETWORK: TBS
LIVE STREAM: NCAA.com
The Kansas Jayhawks play the Eastern Kentucky Colonels this afternoon, in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament on TBS so if you are on the go, or stuck at work, and can’t be near your television, we have you covered. You can still catch the Kansas Jayhawks live stream action as they take on the Colonels at NCAA.com.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. GUARD THE THREE: Eastern Kentucky is one of the most prolific 3-point shooting teams in the country. They resemble the Iowa State Cyclones, who beat the Jayhawks a week ago, in that they rely on getting hot from behind the arc. They have jacked up nearly 800 three-point attempts all season, making 9.2 a game, good for 5th in the nation. The Colonels are the 28th highest scoring team in America, averaging 79 points a game. Kansas must use their length to challenge shots from long distance, and they cannot leave their men on the perimeter. Just about everyone on Eastern Kentucky’s roster will take open threes.
2. SPREAD OUT THE POINTS: Andrew Wiggins has scored 93 points over the last three ball games for the Jayhawks. Perry Ellis pitched in with 30 against the Cyclones, but someone else has to step up to on the offensive end of the floor. The Jayhawks may or may not be able to beat the Colonels with no offensive balance, but their time in this tournament will be short if Kansas can’t find a way to spread out the scoring somewhat.
3. OUTSIDE SHOOTING: The Colonels have no one listed taller than 6’8″. They are a team that likes to get up and down the floor, hoisting up threes from anywhere. They are not a good rebounding team, pulling down just 26.3 a game, which is ranked 350th in the country. On defense, they will be packing it in the lane to prevent the ball from getting inside as much as they can. The Kansas perimeter players must be able to hit some early three-point shots to loosen of the interior. If the Jayhawks are cold from the outside, it could be a long day.