Western Kentucky vs. Kansas: Full Game Preview

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Western Kentucky vs. Kansas: Full Game Preview
Western Kentucky
(20-15, 8-10 away)
(3) Kansas
(29-5, 22-2 home)
Venue: Sprint Center
9:50PM ET / 6:50PM PT, March 22, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Western Kentucky T Price 15.3 G Fant 6.8 J Crook 4.0
Kansas B McLemore 16.4 J Withey 8.4 E Johnson 4.8

16th-seeded Western Kentucky matches up against No. 1-seeded Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center on Friday. It takes place at 9:50 p.m. ET and you can catch it on TNT. The Hilltoppers have not played the Jayhawks since the 1997-98 season, when they lost 75-62.

In their last outing, behind 17 points and 13 rebounds from George Fant, the Hilltoppers defeated Florida International 65-63 on Mar. 11. In addition to a team-leading 6.8 rebounds per game, he chips in 12.9 points per game. In a 70-54 victory over Kansas State on Mar. 16, Jeff Withey put up 17 points and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks. With 8.4 rebounds per game and 3.8 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. One category in which Kansas is especially proficient is effective field goal percentage at 53.4, ranking second in their conference (and 28th nationally).

Kansas StatSmack

  • The Western Kentucky basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Kansas (100 percent vs. 80 percent).
  • The Sun Belt had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the Big 12.
  • Kansas has to pay up to win. The coach for Western Kentucky has a much lower base salary than Kansas ($350,000 vs. $3,375,656).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Western Kentucky currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (944 to 1000) than Kansas, per the NCAA.
  • The Sun Belt has 2 teams - Florida International (9.3) and Arkansas State (8.3) - that create more steals per game than the Big 12 leader, Texas Tech (8.2).
  • The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, rebounds, field goals made, free throws made, and three-pointers are in the Sun Belt.
  • The Western Kentucky three-point leader (T.J. Price, 79 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Kansas three-point leader (Ben McLemore, 66 three-pointers).
WKU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ T.J. Price 32 15 4 3 1 0 3
C+ Jamal Crook 31 13 3 4 2 0 2
C+ George Fant 29 13 7 1 1 1 3
C Brandon Harris 30 8 6 2 1 0 2
D+ Teeng Akol 14 6 4 1 0 1 1
D+ Kevin Kaspar 23 6 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Aleksejs Rostov 14 5 3 0 0 0 1
D O`Karo Akamune 13 3 3 0 1 0 1
D Caden Dickerson 17 2 1 1 0 0 1
D Stephon Drane 6 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Percy Blade 10 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Kene Anyigbo 9 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Eddie Alcantara 7 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Spence Sheldon 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Marcus Vasquez 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
KU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Ben McLemore 32 16 5 2 1 1 2
A Jeff Withey 31 14 9 1 1 4 2
B+ Travis Releford 33 12 4 3 1 0 2
B Elijah Johnson 31 10 3 5 1 0 3
B Kevin Young 23 8 7 1 1 1 1
C+ Perry Ellis 13 5 4 0 0 0 1
C Naadir Tharpe 19 5 2 3 1 0 1
C Jamari Traylor 10 2 2 0 1 1 1
C- Evan Manning 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ A. White III 6 2 1 0 0 0 1
D+ Tyler Self 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Niko Roberts 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Rio Adams 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Justin Wesley 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
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