No. 3 Kansas aims to continue defensive prowess versus Oklahoma

Kansas’ domination of the Major 12 arrived to an close previous period when the Jayhawks didn’t acquire at least a share of the conference for the very first time in 15 many years.

But the Jayhawks are creating a bid to get back again at the best of the conference with a unique formula than they’ve made use of in recent many years.

Even though Kansas’ protection has been solid not too long ago, that side of the ball is carrying the No. three Jayhawks this period.

Hardly ever has that been extra obvious than in the previous two game titles, the place the Jayhawks have held consecutive opponents to 50 or less points for the very first time because January 2013.

Kansas (21-three, ten-one Major 12) has held 15 of its 24 opponents to down below 40 per cent capturing.

Saturday at home, they will facial area an Oklahoma team that shot a period-worst 30.six per cent from the floor during the teams’ very first conference in mid-January.

A massive cause for Kansas’ defensive success has been the engage in of guard Marcus Garrett, who experienced steals on three consecutive possessions Wednesday to assistance the Jayhawks to a acquire at West Virginia.

“Who guards improved than him everywhere?” Kansas coach Bill Self mentioned. “He is unbelievable defensively.”

Continue to, the Jayhawks have really a climb to get back again on the championship side of matters. The Jayhawks are a sport at the rear of Baylor, although they do even now have a sport remaining versus the No. one Bears.

The Jayhawks are also seeking to extend 1 of their extra extraordinary successful streaks.

Kansas has won eighteen consecutive game titles versus the Sooners at Allen Fieldhouse. Oklahoma’s previous acquire in the storied arena arrived on Feb. seventeen, 1993.

For Oklahoma (sixteen-8, six-5), the sport marks the start off of the hardest stretch of the period.

Over the next 5 game titles, the Sooners will facial area 4 ranked groups, together with best-ranked Baylor, the No. three Jayhawks, No. 14 West Virginia and No. 24 Texas Tech.

The lone sport versus an unranked opponent during that stretch is Oklahoma’s in-condition rival, Oklahoma Point out.

“You can glimpse at pretty considerably any three- or 4-sport stretch in Major 12 engage in and say, ‘Wow, which is challenging,'” Sooners coach Lon Kruger mentioned. “And certainly the game titles coming up now, we have acquired two of the best three groups in the state on the schedule. But which is the way it is in the Major 12. And a great deal of men and women actively playing properly. A great deal of fantastic ball movement. A great deal of fantastic matters going on appropriate now (in the league).”

The Sooners have won 4 out of their previous six, together with two consecutive.

The wins in excess of West Virginia and Iowa Point out were being mainly fueled by the engage in of sophomore forward Kristian Doolittle.

Over the previous two game titles, Doolittle is averaging 23.5 points, nine. rebounds and two.5 steals although capturing 54.5 per cent from the floor to snap out of what experienced been a slump that started off in mid-January.

“Undoubtedly out of the
funk,” Doolittle mentioned. “That goes to the repetitions and the extra operate I was putting in although I was going as a result of the slump. Now, I’m starting up to have success.”

–Industry Stage Media