|Written by Michael Patrick|
Bet on NCAABAfter suffering a demoralizing loss last week at Kansas State, the Jayhawks bounced back with a strong performance against Colorado this past weekend.
Heading into this week Ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll, the Jayhawks get ready for a home game this evening against Big-12 Conference foe Oklahoma St. While Kansas will be without the services of point guard Tyshawn Taylor, they have been getting great play from powerful post presence Markif Morris. Morris led the Jayhawks this past Saturday in their romp of Colorado when he posted outstanding numbers, 26 pts./15 rebounds. Also, Guard Brady Morningstar has stepped up his play with the loss of Taylor. His 16 pts Saturday were a key to the Jayhawks dominance.
On the other hand, Oklahoma St. is coming off a tough home loss to an excellent Texas A&M team.
The Cowboys are on a three-game losing streak and are in dire need of a victory tonight in Lawrence, but victories for anyone but the Jayhawks at home are rare. The Cowboys will have to continue to get excellent play from guard Keiton Page if they expect to be in the game tonight. The Cowboys will also have to bring their “A” game defensively to keep up with the Jayhawks torrid 52% shooting from the floor. The Jayhawks have been the best in the country this season shooting the basketball, and they are arguably the best offensive unit in the country, at least in the half court. Also, their 18.5 assists per game places them at No. 2 in the nation, and while they will miss Taylor, it is Self's system that allows for such unselfish play. The Jayhawks are a dominant team when they are allowed to play inside/out in the Half court. The Morris twins can be unstoppable. The Cowboys will have to rise above their 146 national ranking defensively to make tonight's match-up a quality contest.