|Last 5 Games||4-1||-2||2-3||1-2||77.4||37.2||48.4%||38.8||65.6||26.4||39.4%||33.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||80.1||38.3||28-55||50.1%||4-14||30.7%||21-31||67.3%||38||9||16||21||6||13||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||69.4||32.4||24-59||41.3%||5-17||30.1%||16-23||66.4%||36||10||13||21||6||13||4|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||76.7||34.0||26-57||45.4%||3-13||24.5%||21-31||69.4%||38||10||13||23||7||12||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||67.7||29.4||23-55||41.7%||7-20||34.1%||15-25||59.7%||31||8||11||24||6||12||2|
|vs opponents averaging||78.2||37.5||27-57||46.7%||7-19||35.9%||18-26||67.7%||38||10||15||21||6||13||4|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||71.7||30.5||24-55||43.6%||7-19||38.7%||16-27||60.0%||34||10||12||25||7||13||3|
|Last 5 Games||5-0||+3||4-1||0-3||77.4||34.4||44.7%||40.4||63.8||31.6||40.4%||29.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||77.2||34.6||25-54||45.9%||6-18||31.5%||22-30||74.1%||40||11||14||17||7||13||3|
|vs opponents surrendering||69.3||32.8||23-55||42.8%||6-19||34.2%||16-23||71.0%||33||9||13||21||6||13||4|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||81.2||37.5||25-51||49.5%||6-17||36.9%||24-33||75.0%||40||9||14||16||7||14||3|
|Stats Against (All Games)||64.9||32.1||22-56||40.2%||8-22||34.9%||12-18||70.0%||30||7||12||23||6||14||3|
|vs opponents averaging||73.6||35.2||25-54||45.5%||6-17||36.6%||18-25||70.9%||36||9||14||20||6||13||4|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||65.5||33.5||23-57||40.6%||8-23||36.7%||10-15||68.1%||27||6||13||24||6||13||2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: KANSAS 74.4, COLORADO 71.6|
|11/22/2013||TOWSON ST||88-58||W||-19||W|| ||-||33-55||60.0%||40||12||22-60||36.7%||28||11|
|12/7/2013||@ COLORADO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/10/2013||@ FLORIDA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/14/2013||*NEW MEXICO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/21/2013||GEORGETOWN|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2013||TOLEDO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/16/2013||JACKSON ST||94-70||W|| ||-|| ||-||28-45||62.2%||36||14||25-64||39.1%||30||13|
|11/18/2013||ARKANSAS ST||93-70||W||-17||W|| ||-||30-64||46.9%||42||9||24-58||41.4%||30||16|
|11/21/2013||UC-SANTA BARBARA||76-68||W||-14.5||L|| ||-||22-50||44.0%||34||13||26-52||50.0%||25||17|
|11/30/2013||@ AIR FORCE||81-57||W||-13||W||142||U||27-58||46.6%||42||14||19-46||41.3%||25||18|
|12/3/2013||@ COLORADO ST||67-62||W||-2.5||W||146||U||23-57||40.4%||38||14||19-57||33.3%||40||18|
|12/7/2013||KANSAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/13/2013||ELON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/21/2013||*OKLAHOMA ST|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/28/2013||GEORGIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|KANSAS: Kansas may look completely different from last season' squad with all five starters gone, but this team is one of the nation's favorites to cut down the nets in April because of a loaded freshman class. Head coach Bill Self won the lottery in landing the nation's top prospect, 6-foot-7 wing Andrew Wiggins, who is one of the most if not the most hyped freshman in recent memory. He'll be counted on to contribute immediately, as will the team's top returnees, junior guard Naadir Tharpe (5.5 PPG, 3.1 APG) and sophomore forward Perry Ellis (5.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG). What could make this team so special is not only Wiggins, though, but the rest of the class Self brought in to replace the likes of Ben McLemore, Jeff Withey and Travis Releford. At center, the team adds top-10 recruit Joel Embiid while at small forward the talented Wayne Selden should provide valuable minutes from day one. Helping take the pressure off Embiid will be transfer Tarik Black (8.1 PPG, 59% FG), who is far more skilled than his recent numbers at Memphis would suggest. In the backcourt, watch out two more talented frosh with in-state recruit Conner Frankamp and shooting guard Brannen Greene. If these players live up to their hype and can help bring out the best in Wiggins, this team should still be dancing late in the season.|
|COLORADO: Despite losing Andre Roberson to the NBA, the Buffaloes should be even better than last season's NCAA Tournament team. SG Spencer Dinwiddie (15.3 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.0 APG) has a chance to be one of the elite guards in all of the country. The bigger the game, the better he is going to play, as he is the unquestioned star on the Colorado team. He spent time in the summer playing with the United States U-20 team, and he has come back more explosive than he was last season. He will be looking to shoot better from three-point line this season, as he hit only 33% of his attempts from deep last season, compared to 43 % two seasons ago. He will be joined in the backcourt by junior PG Askia Booker (12.4 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.2 APG), who is very good at getting to the basket and making plays for both himself and teammates. He is fearless when driving to the rack, and has the ability to take over games. However, the guy to look out for is 6-foot-7 freshman swingman Chris Jenkins. He is a very talented player, that has not gotten the publicity like Aaron Gordon of Arizona, but by the end of the season, could be a household name. C Josh Scott (10.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG) and SF Xavier Johnson (8.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 44% 3-pt FG) are two sophomores on the rise.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW (KANSAS-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates. With AP Photos.)
*Kansas-Colorado Preview* =========================
By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer
Kansas (6-1) at Colorado (8-1), 3:15 p.m. EDT
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas coach Bill Self freely admits he is to blame for the nearly monthlong trek that his young, impressionable bunch of Jayhawks is trying to weather early in the season.
After all, he is the one who signed off on the schedule.
It seemed like a good idea back when he was piecing it together. The Jayhawks would start by hitting the Bahamas for a tournament during the Thanksgiving weekend, and then play tough road games against Colorado and Florida before facing New Mexico in Kansas City, Mo.
Now, after a sluggish three games at the Battle 4 Atlantis, the No. 6 Jayhawks are trying to catch their breath with a trip to the high altitude of Boulder, Colo., up next.
"I don't know who did our scheduling. I don't really understand," Self said facetiously. "It's probably not the wisest thing to have done. But you know what? We'll come together. The Atlantis trip didn't serve its purpose for coming together, so hopefully we'll do a much better job in Boulder."
Saturday's matchup isn't going to be easy for the Jayhawks, either, like so many were when the Buffaloes were still members of the Big 12. Colorado is off to an 8-1 start on the season.
"We're familiar with them, and I'm sure they are with us," said Self, whose team routed Colorado at Allen Fieldhouse last year. "But they've got a nice team. They've won eight in a row. They should be confident. They've won away from home, and it'll be a tough game, very tough. But fun."
After that comes a date with the No. 15 Gators (6-1) as part of the Big 12-SEC Challenge, and then the Jayhawks' now-annual game at the Sprint Center against the Lobos (6-1)
Throw the current road trip on top of beating then-No. 4 Duke in Chicago in their second game of the season, and it's hard to imagine the Jayhawks (6-1) having a more difficult opening schedule. The lost in the Bahamas to Villanova.
"You know, this is one thing about my guys that I need to be careful of," Self said. "Guys, it's a marathon, and you're going to have games where you don't play your best. The key is to win the games where you don't play your best, and we didn't do that one time against a top 20 team on a neutral floor. And with young kids it's going to happen."
Self is hopeful that all the road games will help prepare one of the youngest teams that he's ever had at Kansas for the rigors of Big 12 play.
Already, star freshman Andrew Wiggins has gone through plenty of growing pains, and fellow first-year players Wayne Selden, Joel Embiid and Connor Frankamp are also learning on the fly.
"We don't consistently play with the sense of urgency that teams here in the past have played, would probably be the best way to put it," Self said. "A lot of that is our veterans need to do a better job of educating our younger guys on exactly what level you have to play at all the time.
"The UTEP game was a great example," Self said of the third-place game in Atlantis. "We didn't play great against UTEP, but they scored 18 points the last 1:49 off of guys just not concentrating."
That's not going to work when the Jayhawks dive into the Big 12, which features three other ranked teams in No. 9 Oklahoma State, No. 17 Iowa State and No. 20 Baylor. By the time Kansas returns to Allen Fieldhouse to play Georgetown on Dec. 21, it will have been nearly a month since it played its last game in the friendly confines.
The Jayhawks will have traveled more than 3,000 miles on their brutal road trip.
"You've got to win at home. I mean, it's a home game. That's what you're supposed to do," Self said this week, "but going and beating somebody else in their building, where the deck is supposedly stacked against you from a crowd standpoint, I think is what would spur me on. That's what we need to make sure spurs our players on."
|Last Updated: 1/29/2015 6:26:00 PM EST|