Kansas basketball and in-state rival Kansas State are set to face off again. Here’s what you need to know, including the game time, odds, TV channel, and more.
Kansas basketball and their in-rival Kansas State are set to meet for the second time, and let’s just hope this time around nobody gets suspended. This will be their first meeting since the now-infamous brawl that took place after the first game in Allen Fieldhouse.
The brawl probably won’t affect this game as much as you may think though. Both coaches will likely threaten their teams with various punishments if they engage in bad sportsmanship, plus neither coach or program wants a PR mess similar to the first brawl.
If the fight impacts anything though, it’ll probably be the crowd.
Every seat in Bramlage Coliseum will probably be filled with one of the most hostile crowds the Jayhawks have faced this season.
Here’s Kansas basketball vs. Kansas State at a glance:
- Time: 12:30 p.m. (Central)
- Place: Bramlage Coliseum – Manhattan, KS.
- Watch: CBS
- Listen: FM- KKSW 105.9, or AM- KLWN 1320 (Lawrence Stations)
- Series (since 1950): KU leads 120-57
- Last Meeting: 81-60 KU
- Full Preview: Brawl won’t affect the second game
- Odds: (Courtesy of The Action Network)
Look for the Wildcats to do anything they can to stop Udoka Azubuike, considering they don’t play a very tall lineup. Kansas State will probably double-team Azubuike in the post and maybe even throw a triple-team at him. This could open up things for the guards, so Devon Dotson may be set for a big game if the Wildcats fully commit to stopping Azubuike in the post.
Another couple of guys to keep an eye on are Isaiah Moss and Christian Braun. Both have the potential to go off from behind the arc, especially Braun. The Kansas native came to play in the first matchup, scoring 20 points including six three-pointers.
On defense, Kansas basketball should smother the Wildcats.
Kansas State is the worst offensive team in the conference according to KenPom, while the Jayhawks have the best defense in the country. The goal for the Jayhawks going into the game should be to hold Kansas State under 50 points, and they can do it too.
This game should be a piece of cake for the Jayhawks, but as always, focus is important. Kansas needs to win out in Big 12 play to guarantee themselves a share of the Big 12 title with Baylor, so these last three games are important even if the opponents are inferior.