Jayhawks host Buffaloes in Big 12 clash
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – Two teams at opposite ends of the Big 12
standings meet this afternoon in Lawrence, as the eighth-ranked Kansas
Jayhawks host the Colorado Buffaloes in conference action from the Allen
The Jayhawks are sitting in a four-way tie atop the Big 12 at 4-1. The team
distanced itself from its only league loss of the season, a 69-64 setback at
Texas Tech, with an 82-56 pasting of Baylor in Waco on Wednesday.
The Buffaloes have just one conference win in six tries and have dropped
two straight games and five of their last six overall. The team was home on
Wednesday, but suffered a 14-point loss to Missouri.
Kansas holds a 111-39 advantage in the all-time series with Colorado and has
won seven straight meetings coming into this contest.
When a team is averaging just 68.2 ppg and allowing a little more than 10
points more per outing (78.8 ppg), it isn’t hard to figure out why wins are
hard to come by. The Buffs are shooting a mere .403 from the floor, with the
woes continuing from long range as well (.278). Richard Roby is without a
doubt, the team’s top option at the offensive end, averaging 16.7 ppg. He is
followed in the scoring column by Xavier Silas and Dominique Coleman, who add
11.3 and 10.8 ppg, respectively. In the loss to the Tigers this week, Silas
led three players in double digits with 16 points. Freshman Jeremy Williams
scored a career-high 15 points, while Roby notched 11, despite shooting just
4-of-12 from the field.
Despite being one of the youngest teams in the conference, Kansas is getting
the job done at both ends of the court and is enjoying a +17.3 scoring margin.
The team is shooting .485 from the floor, leading to 76.8 ppg. Defensively,
Kansas is allowing a mere 59.5 ppg, on well under 40 percent shooting (.372).
Sophomore Brandon Rush leads four Jayhawks in double figures with 13.7 ppg.
Fellow sophomore Mario Chalmers and freshman Darrell Arthur are tied for
second with 11.5 ppg, while yet another sophomore, Julian Wright adds 11.4
ppg, while leading the team on the boards (8.0 rpg). Kansas made light work of
Baylor this week, as the team led by 22 points at halftime. KU shot 50 percent
from the floor and just over 47 percent from behind the arc (8-of-17) in the
game. Rush led the way with 18 points and eight rebounds. Wright added 16
points and six boards, while freshman Sherron Collins came off the bench to
tally 13 points in 22 minutes of work.