Kansas-Colorado basketball preview
12/07/2013 8:03 AM
12/07/2013 8:03 AM
2:15 p.m. Saturday at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo.
ESPN2; KCSP (610 AM)
•ABOUT KANSAS (6-1):
History bodes well for KU. The Jayhawks have won 19 straight against Colorado and own the all-time series 123-39. After a third-place finish at the Battle 4 Atlantis last week, including a loss to Villanova, the Jayhawks’ offense ranks 20th nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency according to KenPom.com. The KU defense, meanwhile, ranks 11th nationally in efficiency, making the Jayhawks’ one of four teams (North Carolina, Louisville and Pitt are the others) to rank in the top 20 in both offense and defense. … Kansas is shooting just 30.7 percent from three-point range, which ranked ninth in the Big 12 entering the week. … Kansas coach Bill Self said Frank Mason will start at point guard for Naadir Tharpe. Self also said that freshman center Joel Embiid needs to play more minutes, but senior forward Tarik Black is expected to maintain his spot in the starting lineup. Black suffered a minor knee injury against UTEP.
•ABOUT COLORADO (8-1):
The Buffaloes have won eight straight after a season-opening loss to Baylor in Dallas. The streak included a 70-62 victory over a capable Harvard team on Nov. 24. Colorado coach Tad Boyle, who played at Kansas in the mid-1980s, has taken the school to the NCAA Tournament in his first two seasons, the first time Colorado has gone to back-to-back NCAAs since 1962-63. Boyle’s presence made it easier for KU to schedule the nonconference series after Colorado left the Big 12 for the Pac-12. Last season, Kansas beat Colorado 90-54 at Allen Fieldhouse. Junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie is a future pro who averaged 15.3 points per game last season while earning all-Pac-12 first-team honors.
Bill Self is 18-0 against Colorado since he arrived at Kansas. With another road test looming at Florida on Tuesday, the Jayhawks could use a solid showing in the opening leg.