Top Ten tussle in Lawrence
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – The sixth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks finally open
up Big 12 play, as they host the ninth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys in a
top-25 battle from the Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence.
The Jayhawks are 13-2 on the season and bring a seven-game win streak into
conference play. On Sunday, the team traveled to South Carolina and posted
a 70-54 win over the Gamecocks.
The Cowboys opened up league play at home on Saturday against Baylor. The
result was a hard-fought 81-77 victory that moved the team to 15-1 on the
season. The lone loss came against a tough Tennessee squad and OSU has
now strung together four straight victories.
Kansas has won 15 straight conference openers dating back to 1992. In
addition, the Jayhawks have won 12 straight over the Cowboys in the Allen
In all, Kansas holds a 100-51 edge in this longstanding series. The last
meeting took place in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals last year, with
Kansas advancing with a 63-62 decision.
The Cowboys jumped out to a 13-point halftime lead, but Baylor made a game of
it, shooting over 58 percent from the floor in the second half to close the
gap, before the Cowboys went on to post a four-point win in Stillwater. Mario
Boggan continued his torrid pace, as he erupted for 26 points, while
completing a double-double with 13 rebounds. Fellow standout JamesOn Curry
poured in 20 points, while Terrel James and Byron Eaton chipped in with 13 and
10 points, respectively. This Cowboy team presents problems for opponents at
the offensive end of the floor, as the team is generating a healthy 84.9 ppg,
on .513 shooting. Boggan is delivering on a scorching .624 from the floor,
leading to a team-high 21.9 ppg. He is also tops in terms of rebounding (7.8
rpg). Curry is the resident sniper, connecting on 42.2 percent from behind the
arc and averaging 18.9 ppg. Harris gives the team a third option with 11.6
The Jayhawks are in the midst of a four-game stretch in an eight day period.
The stretch began with a 16-point win over South Carolina. The KU defense
was outstanding, holding USC without a field goal for long stretches in both
stanzas. Sophomore Mario Chalmers led three Jayhawks in double figures with 19
points. He completed a solid all-around game, with three assists and five
steals. Freshman Darrell Arthur added 17 points, while sophomore Brandon Rush
chimed in with 12. Kansas shot a solid .585 from the floor in the game. This
is a young Kansas squad, but it certainly doesn’t play like it. The Jayhawks
have a +19.2 scoring margin, averaging a stout 77.0 ppg, while allowing just
57.8. Rush leads four players in double digits with 13.3 ppg. Following
closely behind are Chalmers (12.7 ppg), Arthur (12.5 ppg) and Julian Wright
(11.9 ppg). Arthur and Wright form a solid duo in the low post, with Arthur
grabbing 5.3 rpg, while leading the team with 32 blocks. Wright paces the team
in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and is second in blocks (23).