Hoops preview: Kansas rematch

Jarrett Allen vs UAB. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Jarrett Allen vs UAB. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Hoops Preview: Kansas Rematch
Saturday, February 25
Time: 5:00 pm Central
Television: ESPN
Location: UT

Big 12 Rematch Game: Texas, well past the hope for a season changing win, now looks for a program defining one. Can they beat a Kansas squad looking for their own program defining season?

Kansas won the initial game, 79-67, in Lawrence. Find the full Kansas hoops preview here.

Texas Keys: Offense

Ball movement to weakside penetration/post entries. Kansas’ interior lineup is the weakest part of their team. So Kansas tries to protect it by switching and hedging hard to keep opposing teams out of the paint, instead wanting them to focus on perimeter offense. Texas, in the game at KU, got a huge game from Jarrett Allen by committing to get the ball into the paint. The trouble for Texas is that they scored 18 of their 28 points in the paint in the first half. The second half fell away as their point guard play struggled to keep pace. If Texas hopes for any chance at an upset, they’ll need to establish and maintain the kind of ball movement that forces rotation from Kansas leading to open driving lanes and post entry passes.

Texas Keys: Defense

Three point defense. Texas hung in there at Kansas but the three pointer was the great dis-equalizer. Texas cuts it to six? Jackson hits a three. Texas gets within five? Mason hits a three. Kansas’ ability to answer offense with perimeter shooting is the main reason they’re 25-3, with all of Mason, Graham, Mykhailiuk and Jackson having the ability to be quality shooters from distance. Can Texas stop that? They’ll need to. If Texas can keep KU under 10 made threes, they’ll have a shot. Beyond that, those chances diminish with each three surrendered.

The Endgame

I think Texas fights for 15(ish) minutes and then loses steam/confidence/belief.

Hopefully I’m wrong.

Prediction: Kansas 72 – Texas 61

Projected Starting Lineup