Quick KU-Marquette Breakdown

The numbers say this one is gonna be close

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No. 1 Kansas v. No. 4 Marquette Breakdown

  • You can read what Bill Self, Kevin McCullar, and Hunter Dickinson said after their 83-56 win vs. Chaminade here.

Opening line: Kansas favored by 3 points (Kansas -3)

Current line (11am CT): Kansas favored by 4.5 points (Kansas -4.5)

Advanced Stats Predictions

Kenpom: Kansas 80, Marquette 77

Torvik: Kansas 78, Marquette 74

Miya: Kansas 80.2, Marquette 78.5

What Marquette Wants:

  • KU fans might groan from this one… Marquette wants to get out and run. Shaka Smart’s team has the 9th shortest average possession length in the country, according to Kenpom. I’m not sure running is the best strategy for Marquette, though…

    • It ranks in the 61st percentile in transition offense efficiency. Translation: they run a lot but haven’t played all that efficiently when pushing it.

    • Meanwhile, the Jayhawks grade out in the 87th percentile in transition defense, per Synergy Sports.

  • Marquette’s best offense is in the pick-and-roll. They’re in the top 20 in pick-and-role frequency and grade as “excellent” when running the play.

    • Watch how difficult it is to defend the Marquette ball screen.

    • The Jayhawks have faced a lot of pick-and-roll already this year, so it shouldn’t be new to them. They’ve been good but not great at defending it so far.

    • I’d expect Marquette to attack Dickinson using ball screens.

  • Get ready… no one shoots more “long three-pointers” in the country than Marquette. It literally ranks first in the category out of 363 teams. They’re gonna let it fly.

    • Kansas has defended the “long three” fairly well this year, but it’s hard to say how much of that is luck vs. intent.

What Kansas Wants:

  • Kansas ranks No. 1 in the country in points per shot taken. Its efficiency comes down getting a ton of high-percentage looks around the rim. And guess where Marquette struggles…

    • The Golden Eagles rank in the bottom half of the country in half-court defense. They’re one of the best in the country at transition defense.

    • I know I’ve been saying it, but the Jayhawks have a huge advantage if they can slow this one down.

  • The Jayhawks also thrive when they’re creating looks through cutting. It’s a way for them to create some diversity in scoring beyond throwing it into the post. They’ll create layups with so much attention going to Dickinson.

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  • ESPN’s NBA Draft analyst called Kevin McCullar a projected first-round pick.

  • Watch Marquette hit a go-ahead three in the final minute to beat UCLA on Monday night here.

  • Lance Leipold said both Cole Ballard and Jason Bean should be ready vs. Cincinnati on Saturday.

I tried something a bit different with the pregame breakdown today. Let me know what you thought below. Thank you!! 👇

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