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Kansas v. Chattanooga Preview

Chattanooga Mocs Preview

Coach: John Shulman
Conference: Southern
2011-12 Record: 11-21

Expected Starters
#11 Ronrice White, 6’3 Sophomore point guard
#24 Casey Jones, 6'5 Freshman shooting guard
#12 Gee McGhee, 6’5 Freshman shooting guard
#30 Z. Mason, 6’5 Junior combo forward
#20 Drazen Zlovaric, 6'9 Senior power forward

#3 Lance Stokes, 6'6 Sophomore small forward
#4 Sam Watson, 6'7 Junior power forward
#10 Martynas Bareika, 6’4 Sophomore shooting guard
#15 Eric Robertson, 6'4 Freshman shooting guard
#22 Farad Cobb, 6’0 Freshman point guard
#34 Jared Bryant, 6’7 Sophomore power forward

The Mocs are a team that relies heavily on the perimeter shot. Last season 39.1% of their field goal attempts came from behind the 3pt line. However, the Mocs struggled from beyond the arc in their first game this season, connecting on only 2-22 from long range. They more than made up for that by grabbing 22 offensive rebounds. Chattanooga did attack the basket hard and managed to get to the line for 41 free throw attempts.

Kansas Keys to the game

3pt Field Goal Defense
The Mocs are a team that relies heavily on the 3pt line for their offense. Last season Chattanooga knocked down only 33.2% of their attempts. On the other end, the Jayhawks have traditionally been one of the elite teams nationally in defending the 3pt line since Bill Self took over but they struggled last season, allowing opponents to shoot 34.0% from beyond the arc, which ranked 6th in the Big 12 Conference.

Pound the Glass
Kansas should have a decided edge in the paint in this contest and they need to convert their offensive rebounds into 2nd chance points. Chatanooga rebounded the ball well in their opening game victory, but if the Jayhawks are to pull away in this one, expect it to be in part because of a decided rebound advantage.

Coming off of a tough loss against Michigan State, it will be important that the Jayhawks, especially the younger players are able to re-focus and come out with the necessary intensity in this game, which is an obvious mismatch on paper. This is a game where a Kansas team that is mentally prepared could, and should, apply the knockout blow early.

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