Pregame Glance – Kansas Jayhawks

Written December 22nd, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

There is simply no amount of Listerine that can wash out the bad taste left in those returning players mouths having endured two losses to Kansas last season; one on December 10, 2011 (78-67) and one at the Final Four in New Orleans on March 31, 2012 (64-62). They will just have to take care of their home court where they have the 5th longest streak for wins against non-conference opponents sitting at 39. WVU was their last home loss in this regard in December of 2008 almost exactly four years ago. Tim Shoemaker did a great Tale of the TapeLet’s take a look at this top ten battle.

9-1, Lost to Sparty on Nov 13 67-64: Big12

Saturday, December 22 4:00pm on CBS

School: University of Kansas (KU)
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Founded:Motto 1865; I shall see this great sight, why the bush does not burn (Exodus 3:3)
Student Population: 29,462
School Type: Public, Flagship, Space Grant
Division: NCAA
Conference: Big Twelve
Stadium: Allen Fieldhouse “The Phog” named for the father of coaching Dr. Forrest C. “Phog” Allen
Seating: 16,300
Built: March 1, 1955
Head Coach: Bill Self, Oklahoma State, 10th season
Experience & Accomplishments Self was named 2012 Naismith College Coach of the Year, The Sporting News National Coach of the Year in 2000, 2009 and 2012, the Associated Press National Coach of the Year in 2009. He was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2012. 13 NCAA Tourneys, 1 NCAA Champion, ! Final Four, 6 Conference Tourney Champions, Produced 16 NBA draft picks
Program History The Jayhawks began play in 1898 and have an all-time record of 2079-807 (.720). In 2008, ESPN ranked Kansas second on a list of the most prestigious programs of the modern college basketball era, behind only Duke.[3] Kansas has the longest current streak of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (23),[4] holds the longest current streak of winning seasons (29), has the most winning seasons in Division I history (93), the most non-losing seasons (.500 or better) in NCAA history (96), the most conference championships in Division I history (55), the most First Team All Americans in Division I history (20), the most First Team All American Selections in Division I history (28), is second in Division I all time winning percentage (.720), and is second in Division I all time wins (2,079)


Comparison:

The Jayhawks and Buckeyes have met nine times and KU leads the series 6-3. The Buckeyes have a current four game losing streak and are 1-1 at home in the series. Their last win was part of a three game winning streak and was in December of 1986 in OT and on a neutral court where the Jayhawks hold the advantage 2-1. In their first match-up way back in December of 1965 the Jayhawks blew the Buckeyes out in Columbus 81-65. Last season marked the first time they have met twice in a season. The Buckeyes would love to start their own winning streak in the series and keep moving up the ladder into the elite area of Kansas in the area of best in history.

Rankings:

AP Poll
#7
RPI
#40
SOS
#211
SOS Projected
#28
AP Poll
#9
RPI
#6
SOS
#13
SOS Projected
#27


Offensive Averages: National/Conference Rank

Points
78.6
24th / 2nd
Assists
15.8
43rd / 5th
Rebounds
38.8
60th / 6th
FG Pct
46.9
41st / 4th
Points
77.8
37th / 3rd
Assists
17.0
20th / 2nd
Rebounds
38.8
60th / 5th
FG Pct
49.1
15th / 1st

Defensive Averages: National/Conference Rank

Points
57.2
22nd / 2nd
Assists
8.7
7th / 5th
Rebounds
31.6
56th / 6th
FG Pct
37.2
26th / 4th
Points
58.5
39th / 3rd
Assists
9.5
22nd / 2nd
Rebounds
33.1
108th / 5th
FG Pct
35.1
7th / 1st

Key Players:

The Jayhawks lost Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson from their National Runner-up team from last season but have gained some support in experience in Ben McLemore and Senior Kevin Young. The Buckeyes lost a huge part of their offense in Jared Sullinger and William Buford from last years Final Four squad but have picked up the pace of late due to improving play from LaQuinton Ross and lone senior Evan Ravenel.

#7 Ohio State Buckeyes9-1 overall, 0-0 conf
    No.                Player    GP    GS    MPG    PPG    FG%    RPG    APG    SPG    BPG
#1 Deshaun Thomas 10 10 31.5 20.4 45.9 6.9 1.6 0.5 0.4
#4 Aaron Craft 10 10 30.8 9.1 37.7 3.1 4.8 1.7 0.1
#32 Lenzelle Smith Jr. 10 10 27.6 11.5 48.2 5.2 2.1 0.6 0.1
#12 Sam Thompson 10 10 22.8 7.9 50.9 4.0 1.2 0.8 0.9
#3 Shannon Scott 10 0 20.6 6.4 45.1 2.5 4.7 2.5 0.2
#10 LaQuinton Ross 10 0 19.8 9.6 46.1 4.4 0.7 0.7 0.3
#30 Evan Ravenel 10 10 18.7 6.6 59.1 4.9 0.2 0.3 0.3
#23 Amir Williams 10 0 15.3 4.4 73.7 3.3 0.2 0.3 1.3

 

#9 Kansas Jayhawks9-1 overall, 0-0 conf

 

   No.             Player    GP    GS    MPG    PPG    FG%    RPG    APG    SPG    BPG
#24 Travis Releford 10 10 32.3 13.0 58.0 3.2 3.3 1.6 0.6
#23 Ben McLemore 10 10 29.5 15.9 49.1 5.7 2.3 1.2 0.8
#15 Elijah Johnson 10 10 29.1 9.6 42.7 2.8 5.3 1.0 0.1
#5 Jeff Withey 10 10 28.3 14.1 59.3 8.1 0.7 0.7 5.4
#1 Naadir Tharpe 10 0 17.1 4.6 37.0 1.7 2.3 0.8 0.0
#40 Kevin Young 9 7 18.3 6.7 57.5 6.7 1.0 0.7 0.1
#34 Perry Ellis 10 2 15.8 6.2 48.9 3.1 0.7 0.5 0.3
#31 Jamari Traylor 10 1 12.9 2.7 47.8 3.0 0.5 0.7 1.2

The Match-up:

The Jayhawks are coached by one of the greats currently in the division 1 ranks. Bill Self was at Illinois and just could not resist returning to the B12 and taking over a program he had his eye on. Having played at Oklahoma State he new the importance of keeping Kansas on the map with regards to being an elite program and he hasn’t disappointed. Most believed it was the Buckeyes who had a real shot at Kentucky last year but KU prevailed in the national semi and put up a valiant fight.

The Buckeyes went into the Phog last season without Sullinger and came out in a fog literally. They put up a great fight in Allen Field-house last season and learned a little more about themselves. The team this year appears to be headed in the right direction where last years team had several questions without Sullinger. Even with him later, coach Thad Matta cleared a practice of all the starters to send a message, get it together and do it now.

This game has the makings of a great early season slug-fest that really could be a preview once again of a national semi, or even getting back together for all of the marbles. For the Buckeyes to win this game they are going to have to set the tone early with defense just like this team is becoming accustomed to. That starts at the perimeter with arguably the best defensive set with Craft and Smith Jr. and throw in the hot hand of Shannon Scott who is leading the team in steals with a better than 2 per game average.

The Jayhawks may have lost Robinson and Taylor but they have three players averaging in double figures in Releford, McLemore and Withey. Johnson isn’t far behind putting up close to 9.6 a game and is improving defensively. They look across the way to a dangerous line-up that has been experiencing a changing of the guard so to speak in scoring. Craft hasn’t been scorching the nets like he was before the Duke game, but he is taking care of business and the rest of the team is improving because of it.

This may be the deepest bench Coach Matta has enjoyed since being in Columbus. Well, at least the one he has been the most comfortable with. The tempo will be set by the line-up that has Craft, Scott, Smith Jr., Slam Thomas and LQR. This will be a great early season test for the Buckeyes and a great way to erase the memory of last years two losses to the Jayhawks. No need for Listerine, just a good old-fashioned butt whoopin will suffice.

Final Four Revisited

ESPN Highlights of OSU/Kansas Final Four

Bonus Information: Matta and Self Comparison

Career Summary                          Self               Matta
NCAA Tourneys 13 9
NCAA Tourney Champions 1 0
Final Fours 1 1
Conf Tourney Champions 6 6
Draft Picks 16 10
Career Record
Overall Record 476-158 (0.751) 323-96 (0.771)
Conference Record 209-57 (0.786) 165-55 (0.75)
NCAA Tourney Record 28-12 (0.7) 16-9 (0.64)
Close Record 78-59 (0.569) 48-39 (0.552)
Blowout Record 179-21 (0.895) 101-8 (0.927)
Overtime Record 18-10 (0.643) 10-7 (0.588)
Career Team Stats
Field Goal Pct 0.476 0.467
Free Throw Pct 0.693 0.705
3-pt Field Goal Pct 0.368 0.370
Points per game 76.5 72.7
Rebounds per game 38.4 34.6
Assists per game 16.6 14.5
Turnovers per game 14.8 12.1
Fouls per game 19.0 15.4

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