On Saturday night, the Kansas Jayhawks will go on the road to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a Big 12 showdown. Kansas comes in ranked 12th with a 20-6 record and is in 3rd place in the Big 12. Texas Tech comes in ranked 14th with a 21-5 record and is in 2nd place in the Big 12.
Both Teams Try to Keep Wins Coming
Kansas is coming off a 78-53 win over West Virginia last Saturday in a game where they dominated from the get-go. Devon Dotson and KJ Lawson tied for the team lead in points with 15 apiece. Dotson was 5 for 8 from the field and chipped in 5 rebounds and a team-high 8 assists. KJ Lawson went 5 for 7 from the field and added 3 boards. Dedrick Lawson added 14 points on4 of 8 shooting. Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack each tallied 10 points. Mitch Lightfoot led the team on the glass with 7 rebounds off the bench.
Texas Tech is coming off an 86-61 win over Baylor last Saturday and also dominated this game from the tip. Jarrett Culver led the way for the Red Raiders with 18 points on 4 of 11 shooting to go along with 8 rebounds and 4 assists, both of which were team highs. Davide Moretti tallied 17 points on 4 of 9 shooting, with all but 1 attempt coming from beyond the arc. Tariq Owens was the only other Red Raider in double figures with 11, and Matt Mooney chipped in 9.
Lawson Leads Jayhawks
Kansas is led by superstar Dedric Lawson, who is averaging a double-double with 19.2 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game which are both team highs. The Jayhawks boast 2 other players who average double figures. Devon Dotson is averaging 12.2 points a game and is leading the team in assists with 3.7 per game. Center Udoka Azubuike is out for the year with a wrist injury and is replaced by Agbaji, who is averaging 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds a game. Kansas is also without second-leading scorer Lagerald Vick, who is away from the team for personal matters. The Jayhawks are averaging 76.9 points per game on 47.2% shooting but are allowing opponents to score 69.8 points per contest, and they are 2-6 on the road this season.
Sophomore superstar Jarrett Culver does it all for this Red Raider squad. He leads the team in all three major statistical categories. He scores 17.7 points, grabs 6.3 rebounds, and dishes out 3.7 assists each game., all of which are team highs. He is followed by Davide Moretti and Matt Mooney, who are averaging 10.9 and 10.7 points per game, respectively. Moretti is shooting 43.5% from deep. The offense has been solid for Texas Tech this season, averaging 71.5 a game and are shooting 46.6% from the floor. The defense has been the story for this team though as they are holding opponents to just 57.2 points per contest. Texas Tech is 14-1 at home this season.
Texas Tech Comes Out On Top
Texas Tech comes in at -5.5. Even though this is the Kansas Jayhawks, they are not themselves right now. They were already shorthanded with Azubuike out, and now they are without Vick as well which is a big blow. This feels like the year that Kansas finally doesn’t win the conference, and Texas Tech is the team that could take it. Kansas has struggled on the road and will have a tough time scoring against this stifling Red Raider defense that has been even more incredible at home. Texas Tech takes this one by double digits. Take Texas Tech -5.5.
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