Jayhawks seek seventh straight win
Norman, OK (Sports Network) – The Kansas Jayhawks have won 12 conference games
for the seventh consecutive season, and they will attempt to improve their
already stellar record as they take on the Oklahoma Sooners in Big 12 play
tonight from the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.
Kansas currently owns a six-game win streak and has scored at least 89 points
four times during the current run. The most recent victory for the Jayhawks
occurred on Saturday by a score of 89-52 over Iowa State.
Oklahoma is struggling as a 68-58 loss to Texas on Saturday represented the
fourth consecutive setback for the Sooners. They are a solid 12-3 at home this
season, but the last two contests in Norman have resulted in defeat.
Kansas owns a commanding 130-64 lead in the all-time series with Oklahoma, and
the Jayhawks have won two of the last three meetings.
Kansas is averaging an impressive 79.0 ppg this season on 49.5 percent shooting
from the floor, and the club is limiting its opponents to 59.7 ppg on 37.2
percent efficiency from the field. Brandon Rush is the leading scorer for the
Jayhawks, as he is netting 13.8 ppg. Mario Chalmers and Julian Wright are
contributing 11.6 ppg apiece, and Wright also leads the squad with 8.0 rpg.
Darrell Arthur is posting 10.9 ppg, and Sherron Collins rounds out the double-
digit scorers with 10.0 ppg. In the romp over Iowa State on Saturday, six KU
players reached double figures in scoring. Chalmers paced the group with 18
points, as his Jayhawks shot 52.2 percent from the floor, including a 6-of-10
effort from behind the arc. Clearly, the 47-15 rebounding advantage that Kansas
earned proved to be the difference.
Center Longar Longar has been a strong performer for Oklahoma this season, as
he is netting 11.2 ppg overall despite a less impressive average in conference
games (8.8 ppg). Nate Carter, who is scoring 11.0 ppg through 27 outings, is
racking up 16.4 ppg against Big 12 competition and has to be considered the top
offensive performer for the Sooners at this point. Michael Neal rounds out a
trio of double-digit scorers with 10.2 ppg. Oklahoma is limiting Big 12
opponents to just 62.9 ppg on 42.8 percent shooting from the field, so it is
hard to blame the team’s defensive play for the 6-8 league record. Austin
Johnson scored 14 points for the Sooners in Saturday’s loss to Texas, and
Carter added 13 points. Oklahoma connected on only 33.9 percent of its field
goal attempts and suffered a 23-8 deficit in points from the foul line.