Oregon State at No. 10 Kansas
• WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday at the Sprint Center
• TV/RADIO: KSMO (Ch. 62); KCSP (610 AM)
• ABOUT OREGON STATE (4-1): Oregon State coach Craig Robinson may have a high-powered brother-in-law — Robinson’s sister is First Lady Michelle Obama — but he also has a Princeton pedigree. He played under legendary Ivy League coach Pete Carril, and the Beavers run a variation of the back-cutting, Princeton offense. … The Beavers are long in the front court; small forward Eric Moreland is listed at 6 feet 10. But they also lost center Angus Brandt to a knee injury in a win over Purdue earlier this month. … Oregon State’s only loss came against Alabama in New York.
• ABOUT KANSAS (5-1): Bill Self is demanding more aggressive play from his guards, and it starts with senior Elijah Johnson, who has shot just seven free throws this season. Self would like Johnson to focus more on passing to “finish plays,” as opposed to passing to “start plays.” Johnson has been battling a sore knee. … Here’s a stat to consider after Jeff Withey recorded 12 blocks and a triple-double in his last game: Withey, with 37 blocks in six games, ranks behind just 13 teams in the country in blocks per game. … Kansas is shooting just 29.6 percent from three-point range.
• BOTTOM LINE: Kansas was at its best last week in the Sprint Center, winning the CBE Classic with two double-digit victories. Oregon State could provide a tougher challenge. And the Jayhawks must be better than they were against San Jose State, especially on the glass and from the three-point line.
| Rustin Dodd, firstname.lastname@example.org