Kansas basketball: TBT preview of the Show Me Squad ahead of round two matchup

February 4, 2012; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers guard Phil (Flip) Pressey (1) works past Kansas Jayhawks guard Tyshawn Taylor (10) and Missouri Tigers forward Ricardo Ratliffe (10) during the first half at Mizzou Arena. The Missouri Tigers defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 74-71. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports
February 4, 2012; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers guard Phil (Flip) Pressey (1) works past Kansas Jayhawks guard Tyshawn Taylor (10) and Missouri Tigers forward Ricardo Ratliffe (10) during the first half at Mizzou Arena. The Missouri Tigers defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 74-71. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports /
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Phil (Flip) Pressey (1) Tyshawn Taylor (10) Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports
Phil (Flip) Pressey (1) Tyshawn Taylor (10) Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Point guard play

This relies on the status of Tyshawn Taylor. If he can suit up, Mass Street will have a ball distributor who can create easy buckets for its post-scoring big men. If not, players like Keith Langford and LaGerald Vick will have to serve as the primary ball handlers, which didn’t go too well against We Are D3.

2. Come out firing early

KU’s alumni team came out of the gates lackadaisical, struggling offensively and giving up easy baskets. They won’t be able to dig out of a deep hole against a much more talented Mizzou squad.

3. Crowd support

We Are D3 didn’t have many supporters, but it’ll be a much more split crowd between the Jayhawk and Tiger faithful. The Kansas basketball fanbase must show love to the team today. Find out how to purchase discounted tickets by clicking here.

4. Improving on rebounding

Mass Street doesn’t have the size advantage this time out. They’ll have to grab boards over younger and agile players, including near 7-footer Jontay Porter. With Mitch Lightfoot and Dedric Lawson out, players like T-Rob, Kevin Young, and Jamari Traylor must dominate the glass to keep up with the Show Me Squad.

5. Limiting turnovers

In round one, Mass Street committed 22 total turnovers. They’ll need to limit that number to keep this game close. Tyshawn Taylor playing will result in a much more fluent offense with less carelessness, so this is part of the reason that it is vital he is active.

You can read about each of these five keys in depth by clicking here.

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