Kansas State vs. Kansas: Full Game Preview
|Kansas State||R McGruder 15.0||T Gipson 5.5||A Rodriguez 4.7|
|Kansas||B McLemore 16.3||J Withey 8.2||E Johnson 4.7|
No. 5 Kansas hosts No. 13 Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse on Monday. It gets started at 9 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Jayhawks beat the Wildcats 59-55 on Jan. 22 and are 9-1 against them over the last four years.
Kansas is in second place in the Big 12 and just behind first place Kansas State with a chance to close in.
The Jayhawks were defeated by Oklahoma 72-66 on Feb. 9 despite 15 points from Ben McLemore. With 16.3 points per game, he leads the team in scoring average. For the Wildcats, Rodney McGruder put up 22 points and 5 assists in the 79-70 win over Iowa State on Feb. 9. His 15 points per game is the highest mark on the team.
There is a single key statistical area where Kansas can exploit Kansas State, blocked shots, where the Jayhawks have an edge over the Wildcats, 7 per game to 3 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Kansas State is strong in the following categories: offensive rebounding percentage at 39.5 percent and turnover percentage at 18.3 percent.
Kansas State StatSmack
- The Kansas rebounding leader (Jeff Withey, 182 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Kansas State rebounding leader (Thomas Gipson, 120 rebounds).
- Boom! Kansas defeated Kansas State by 4 points the last time they played (Jan 22, 2013).
- Since 1998, Kansas has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Kansas State (23 vs. three).
- The Kansas blocks leader (Jeff Withey, 92 blocks) has more blocks than the Kansas State blocks leader (Jordan Henriquez, 37 blocks).
- Ben McLemore is ranked 2nd in the Big 12 in points, 5th in the Big 12 in three-pointers, and 10th in the Big 12 in blocks.
- Kansas has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Kansas State this season (seven vs. four).
- Kansas has come back to win after being down at half against Kansas State four times since 1996.
- Kansas is better under pressure, and has defeated Kansas State in three out of the last four games decided by five points or fewer.
- Kansas has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (82.7 percent to 56.9 percent).
- Kansas has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Kansas State (28 vs. six).
- Kansas has more wins over the last 5 years than Kansas State (183 vs. 135).
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