Sunday, March 9, 2014
• WHEN/WHERE: 2:30 p.m. at Imperial Arena in Paradise Island, Bahamas
• TV/RADI O: AXS TV; KCSP (610 AM)
• ABOUT KANSAS (4-0): Bill Self’s stated goal for this Bahamas trip is pretty simple: Win three games and have a great meal on Thanksgiving. … After four games, the young Jayhawks look like a national title contender again. But they’re doing it a different way — at least defensively. While teams are shooting 42.4 percent against them, Kansas is grabbing 81.3 percent of available defensive rebounds, the third-best mark in the country. If the Jayhawks can improve their first-shot defense, they could be even more dangerous. … Freshman Andrew Wiggins has been a weapon on the boards as well. He’s averaging 6.3 rebounds from a perimeter slot, and grabbed four offensive rebounds in a 88-58 victory over Towson last Friday.
• ABOUT WAKE FOREST (5-0): The Demon Deacons have started 5-0 but have yet to play an opponent ranked in the top 240 nationally, according to KenPom.com’s computer rankings. Wake Forest’s best win is an 89-78 victory over Colgate. … Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik was 34-60 in his first three seasons at Wake after three years at Colorado. Kansas coach Bill Self said this Wake team doesn’t resemble Bzdelik’s Colorado teams, which relied heavily on the Princeton offense. … Wake Forest is 2-2 all-time against Kansas, including an 84-53 victory in Winston-Salem on Dec. 7, 2000.
• BOTTOM LINE: If Kansas wins Thursday, they’ll play the winner of Villanova-Southern California at 8:30 p.m. Friday. If they lose, they’ll play at 2:30 p.m. Don’t expect KU to lose against a still young and rebuilding Wake Forest program.
| Rustin Dodd, email@example.com
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