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/ Kansas State vs Kansas
February 7, 2010
By Jesse Newell
KUSports.com online editor Jesse Newell and Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan take a look at what to expect from the Kansas basketball team's matchup against Texas.
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Hey guys, nice chairs--gonna use those for the Super Bowl???????
Withey and TT have to have good games in this Texas game--I agree with Tom that it will be open-paced game, a track meet, if you will. I do disagree with Tom's prediction. I am going with Jesse's prediction. Texas doesn't care about basketball and they won't care after they lose to the Jayhawks on Big Monday. I hope Dick Vitale doesn't over do it on the announcing!
Finally, yep, another agreement, rebounds and free throws----very important in order to win this game. I think it will come down to who is in foul trouble first and then capitalizing when the big guys are on the bench--hopefully, it is Texas that gets in foul trouble first. Good Luck, Jayhawks!!! Rock Chalk!!!
Cole Aldrich is the key in this game, period. If he picks up two quick fouls again then we could be in trouble. He needs to rebound and be able to get up and down the court. He needs to be very strong against Pittman but also against their other big men. Like you guys mentioned, Pittman is not playing a ton this season so Cole needs to be prepared for all the different players that UT will throw at him. If Cole is not blocking shots and scoring easy baskets then we could be in trouble.
Should be interesting to see how we play on the road against another tough team. So far we are 1-0 against really good teams on the road. UT may not be as physical as KSU but this will still be an incredibly tough game on the road.
Like I have said before, win or lose this game we are still in the driver's seat in the big 12. We are still in very good position if we lose this game to win our 6th straight conference title. Of course if we win this game we are really in great position. Still some tough games against A&M, KSU, MU, and OK State but getting past UT with a win would be huge for this team.
as bad as it is, i see Texas winning. lately KU hasn't had success in Austin. i believe KU hasn't won there since 2002. not only that, but they are also coming off quite a rough patch of games. i hope KU can pull off a win, but i just don't see it happening.
It will be fun to watch the big ego's in this game and how players deal with them. James will want to show off for NBA scouts and if his shot is falling then he can light it up. Problem is that if his shot is off he'll keep on shooting and can shoot Texas right out of the game. Hopefully Marcus can frustrate him defensively, talk a little trash and motivate James into a poor shooting %. Both players have an inside-outside game and it will be entertaining to see them showcase their skills in this match-up.
Sherron and J'Covan are 2 players with big egos, but I think Sherron as a senior will have more control over his ego than Brown as a freshman. Hopefully Sherron doesn't get into a verbal battle like he did with Flynn from Syracuse because he needs to focus as much on distributing the ball as scoring. Hopefully Sherron will focus on beating Texas, not just on winning a 1-on-1 battle.
Tyshawn and Bradley should also be a great match-up. Tyshawn wants to be the man and Bradley is the man. It will be interesting to see if Tyshawn can play smart in a fast paced, up tempo game. If he tries to show off early it will result in some easy turnovers for Texas and a trip to the bench for Tyshawn. I expect that Bradley will try to speed him up and talk some trash, hoping that Tyshawn will react and try to show off for the cameras. This will be a good game to watch to see whether Tyshawn has learned to focus and control his ego.
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