Jayhawks play first game outside of Lawrence
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – The 10th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks hit the
for the first time this season, when they invade Orleans Arena in Nevada
do battle with the Ball State Cardinals in the third round of the
The Jayhawks had the luxury of hosting their first two games of
tournament, and they took advantage of that by defeating Towson (87-61)
most recently Tennessee State (89-54) on Tuesday. The wins improved
to 3-1 overall, with its lone loss coming to Oral Roberts 78-71.
Jayhawks will conclude their stay in Las Vegas when they play top-
Florida in the tournament finale on Saturday.
As for Ball State, it also hosted its first two games of this event,
an even 1-1. The team opened the tournament with a 65-48 triumph
Prairie View before losing to Chattanooga, 70-55, on Tuesday. The
who are now 2-1 on the season, will play Western Kentucky on Friday in
The all-time series between Ball State and Kansas is tied at 1-1, with
Jayhawks winning the last meeting, 94-72, in the 1993 NCAA Tournament.
The Jayhawks have had no trouble lighting up the scoreboard early on
season, as they enter the game averaging a healthy 84.5 ppg behind
percent shooting from the field. Darrell Arthur currently leads the team
scoring with 17.5 ppg and he is also pulling down 5.8 rpg. Brandon
follows with 15.5 ppg and 5.4 rpg for Kansas, while Julian Wright adds
ppg and a team-high 8.5 rpg. In the team’s last game, Sherron Collins came
the bench and poured in 19 points and Rush notched a double-double with
points and 10 rebounds, as Kansas cruised past Tennessee State on
Wright also turned in 14 points for the Jayhawks, who shot 52.5 percent
the floor, including a 9-of-22 effort from long distance. The team also
the battle on the boards 46-32 in the victory.
The Cardinals have really played well at the defensive end of the court
season, as they are holding their opponents to a mere 53.3 ppg, in addition
forcing them into 22.0 turnovers per game. Offensively, the club is paced
Jalon Perryman, who is averaging 13.0 ppg off the bench. Anthony Newell
provided the club with a presence in the paint and he is turning in 11.7
and a team-high 8.0 rpg, while D’Andre Peyton chips in with 10.7 ppg. In
squad’s previous outing, Perryman tallied 15 points and Newell notched
double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, but it still wasn’t enough
Ball State in a 15-point loss to Chattanooga. The Cardinals shot a dismal
percent from the field in the contest and made just 2-of-29 three pointers.