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KU-UConn Keys from The Source, Offensive Coordinator Hearings 🔒
The Jayhawks better rebound, and Lance Leipold wants a play caller
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KU-UConn: The Jayhawks better rebound
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KU-UConn Keys to the Game: Hit the Glass
First, here are what the top advanced stats websites predict for the Kansas-Uconn game. (These aren’t all publicly available, so if you’re up for it, do your favorite Scoopmeister a favor and tell a few friends to subscribe to The Hearings 😂)
Kenpom: Kansas 75, UConn 74
Tovrik: Kansas 74, UConn 72
Miya: Kansas 73.7, UConn 72.4
Here are the keys to the game, according to The Source:
The Jayhawks must hit the defensive glass hard. Harder than they’ve shown so far this year. UConn is the No. 6 team in offensive rebounding percentage, while Kansas is the No. 96 team in defensive rebounding percentage. UConn is too good to get second chances.
The other big key is to run UConn off the three-point line. KU must defend the three well tonight. The Huskies haven’t been the best three-point shooting team this year, but it’s a bit deceptive with such a small sample size. They have good shooters, and the Jayhawks haven’t been great at defending the three in their big games this year. That needs to change tonight.
Offensively, and this first one is obvious: KU needs to get one of the following players to contribute: Elmarko Jackson, Nick Timberlake, Johnny Furphy, Jamari McDowell, or Parker Braun.
The Source thinks Braun will be particularly important, as UConn’s backup big, Samson Johnson, has played well this year.
Another one KU fans have heard before: Dajuan Harris must be a scoring threat. This is even more important considering the lack of production from any of the guards mentioned above.
Kenpom categorizes players as: Major Contributors, Role Players, Limited Roles, and Benchwarmers…. Harris is currently slotted in a ‘Limited Role’ slot because of how little he’s contributed offensively this year.
In Harris’ defense, I think KU has intentionally tried to keep him facilitating to get the other guys involved and comfortable. Tonight, he’s gonna have to play more like he did against Kentucky.
The Source expects we will see a lot of pick-and-roll tonight from KU. He thinks the Jayhawks will work it side-to-side and try to force UConn big man Donovan Clingan away from the rim.
One reason for optimism: UConn hasn’t played too fast this year. They rank No. 221 in transition buckets, per Synergy. We’ve seen KU struggle when it gets sped up. Hopefully, they’ll be able to control the pace as the more flexible team.
Prediction: The Source says: Kansas 77, UConn 69.
The betting market seems to like KU as well. After all, how crazy is this 👇
- Friday will mark the 26th time Kansas has hosted a top 10 opponent in the Self era
- It’ll be the 13th time Kansas hasn’t been the better ranked team. In those 12 previous contests KU is 12-0
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Nov 30, 2023
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