WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
TV/RADIO: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel; KCSP (610 AM)
ABOUT TOLEDO (12-0): So Kansas finally catch a break in its schedule after games against Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Georgetown. Wait … not so fast. Toledo was picked to win the Mid-American Conference, and the Rockets have started 12-0 while playing a rather soft schedule. They are ranked in the top 20 in the country in offensive efficiency, according to KenPom.com, but their defense ranks outside the top 200. Toledo leading scorer Rian Pearson is a 2009 graduate of Raytown South who began his college career at Wisconsin-Green Bay. He averaged 17.9 points per game last season.
ABOUT KANSAS (8-3): After suffering through some growing pains, including three losses in four games, Kansas has won two straight as it prepares to close out the non-conference slate with two home games. First up is Toledo before a game against San Diego State on Jan. 5. It’s been more than a week since the Jayhawks defeated Georgetown at Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 21, but they are still coming off one of their best offensive performances of the season. KU scored 1.26 points per possession against Georgetown, a very efficient number. Freshman center Joel Embiid and senior forward Tarik Black combined to score 34 points on nine-of-nine shooting. The Jayhawks have won two straight without standout performances from leading scorer Andrew Wiggins, who is averaging 11.5 points on six-of-21 shooting. KU has played Toledo just one time in its history, defeating the Rockets 68-58 in Kansas City on Dec. 9, 2006.
BOTTOM LINE: Kansas has won 67 straight games at Allen Fieldhouse against non-conference opponents. With victories in their next two games, the Jayhawks can push that mark to 69 — and keep the streak alive until next season.