The KU basketball team will face the much improved Tech Texas Red Raiders Saturday at home.
The Kansas Jayhawks will try to stay undefeated in conference play and win their fourteenth outing in a row overall.
The Red Raiders upset the seventh-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers earlier in the week in overtime while the Jayhawks took down Kansas State in a game that featured a controversial ending.
Texas Tech is 12-2 with losses only to Auburn and Iowa State. West Virgina was by far their best win to date.
KU BASKETBALL LIVE STREAM AND TV VITALS
- Who: Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-2, 1-1)
- Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
- Tipoff Time: Tuesday, January 7, 6:15 PM (Central time)
- TV Channel: ESPN2
- KU Basketball Live Stream: WatchESPN
You can catch this KU basketball live stream on WatchESPN if you have an ESPN subscription as the Jayhawks look to stay perfect in the Big 12 against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Kansas Jayhawks Scoring Leaders
- Frank Mason III – 19.5
- Josh Jackson – 15.2
- Devonte’ Graham – 12.5
- Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk – 11.1
- Lagerald Vick – 8.9
- Landen Lucas – 7.4
The Jayhawks won by two against Kansas State when Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk made a running lay-up as time expired. Replays showed he clearly traveled, but no call was made on the floor.
Reactions to this no-call across the Twitter-verse were pretty hilarious. Obviously, the KU basketball squad stole this one. They may have still won in overtime, but the no-call was bad.
The bigger concern for Bill Self and his Jayhawks has to be the total lack of defense. In conference play, Kansas has allowed an average of 84 points to two teams that can’t be considered offensive juggernauts in K-State and TCU.
Kansas lacks a bench and a rim protector. Players seem tentative on the defensive end, where they can’t afford to foul. Self seems to be sticking to a seven-man rotation, so there is little room for error.
In turn, the Jayhawks need to be nearly perfect on the offensive end to overcome their defensive deficiencies. They may be in big trouble if they play a talented offensive team.
Self needs to find the happy medium for this KU basketball team on the defensive end. They can’t continue to give up points as easily as they are and hope to beat the better teams in the Big 12.
Texas Tech has scored 79 or more points in six of their outings this season, and over 85 points five times. They are capable of putting up big numbers. It will be interesting to see Kansas’ defensive woes will continue against the Red Raiders.