Kansas vs. TCU: Full Game Preview

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Kansas vs. TCU: Full Game Preview
(5) Kansas
(19-2, 5-0 away)
TCU
(9-12, 7-7 home)
Venue: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, February 06, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Kansas B McLemore 16.4 J Withey 8.3 E Johnson 4.9
TCU K Anderson 11.2 A McKinney 6.9 K Anderson 3.3

No. 5 Kansas travels to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Wednesday to take on TCU. It gets started at 9:00 EST and you can see it on ESPN U. The Jayhawks have not played the Horned Frogs since the 2004-05 season, when they won 93-74.

Kansas is in 1st place in the conference, TCU is in 10th place.

In spite of 23 points and 5 rebounds from Ben McLemore, the Jayhawks came up short 85-80 against Oklahoma State on February 2nd. He leads the team with 16.4 points per game. The Horned Frogs were defeated by Texas 60-43 on February 2nd despite 8 points and 12 rebounds from Connell Crossland. He contributes 5.3 rebounds per game in addition to his 5.7 points per game.

Kansas looks to have the advantage in three significant areas. The Jayhawks have an edge in blocked shots, seven per game to three per game, which could have a big impact in this game on defense. Kansas also has an advantage in assists, 15 per game to 9 per game. Finally, the Jayhawks have the upper hand in scoring as well, 74 points per game to 54 points per game.

TCU StatSmack

  • You get an A for effort, but Kansas has emerged victorious against TCU the last 3 times they've played.
  • The Kansas blocks leader (Jeff Withey) has more blocks than the TCU blocks leader (Devonta Abron).
  • Kansas is a better three-point shooting team (36.9% vs 30.8%) than TCU this season.
  • Kansas embarrassed TCU by 19 points the last time they played (Dec 09, 2004).
  • Kansas has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than TCU (3 vs 0).
  • AP voters think more highly of Kansas and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than TCU (189 vs 1).
  • Kansas can actually jump, with more rebounds (38.9 per game vs 32.2 per game) than TCU this season.
  • We win when it counts, too. Kansas has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than TCU (28 vs 0).
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Kansas has recruited more Top 50 high school players than TCU (23 vs 0).
KU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Ben McLemore 31 17 6 2 1 1 2
A Jeff Withey 31 13 8 1 1 4 2
B+ Travis Releford 34 12 4 3 2 0 2
B Kevin Young 23 8 7 1 1 0 1
B Elijah Johnson 31 9 3 5 1 0 3
C+ Perry Ellis 14 5 4 1 0 0 1
C Naadir Tharpe 18 5 1 3 1 0 1
C Jamari Traylor 11 2 3 0 1 1 1
C- A. White III 6 3 2 0 0 0 1
C- Tyler Self 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
C- Evan Manning 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
C- Niko Roberts 3 1 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Rio Adams 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ C. Garrett 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Justin Wesley 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
TCU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Amric Fields 17 7 3 1 0 0 2
C Kyan Anderson 33 11 2 3 2 0 3
C Garlon Green 30 10 4 1 0 0 2
C Adrick McKinney 24 8 7 1 1 0 2
C- Devonta Abron 20 6 5 0 0 1 1
C- Jarvis Ray 26 6 2 1 1 0 2
D+ C. Crossland 22 6 5 1 1 1 1
D+ N. Butler Lind 27 5 2 2 1 1 2
D C. Hill Jr. 19 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Clyde Smith III 11 1 1 1 0 0 1
D- Thomas Montigel 7 0 1 0 0 0 0
F Chris Zurcher 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
F Kemal Dincer 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
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