Slowing down Mac McClung will be a must for Kansas basketball tomorrow. The home matchup will be the first of a tough set ahead.
After a light break in Kansas basketball’s schedule, it’s time for the Jayhawks to prove what they’re worth in their next few games to close out of their conference schedule.
Rotating some decent young talent into the mix, Kansas has been able to stretch their legs for a bit the last few weeks, and tomorrow’s matchup with Texas Tech will be a true test.
The Red Raiders feature one of the best offenses in the conference, being led by junior guard Mac McClung. Averaging roughly 17 points per game, McClung has been a lethal scorer this season and often finds clutch buckets to put away games.
Kansas will need to keep the Red Raiders’ offense in check if they’re going to stay competitive throughout the game. Starting strong and having a consistent first half will be a must.
Head coach Bill Self has expressed his concerns about having his team playing their best in this final stretch.
Offensively, Kansas will need to fight for rebounds. They’ve given up a ridiculous amount of scoring opportunities by leaving the boards wide open.
Cleaning up the glass will be just one of the responsibilities that fall upon playmakers Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack, who will be looked to for leadership over the next couple of weeks.
Tomorrow will give us a decent idea of where these guys are. If they can’t hold down McClung and have a “back and forth” game, it’s going to be a tough road to finish out the season.
The first of their final three games, the Jayhawks will be back home in Lawrence tomorrow afternoon with tip-off slated for 1 pm on ESPN.
Recently on the weekly “Hawk Talk” radio program, head coach Bill Self mentioned conversations Kansas has had about potentially adding a game to their schedule before the tournament.
While this would give Kansas another opportunity to fit in another contest before the Big 12 tournament, it’s unclear what kind of impact it would have on their season.