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Cumro's Corner: KU v. Belmont

Coach: Rick Byrd
Conference: Atlantic Sun
2012-13 Record: 7-2

Starters


#3 Kerron Johnson, 6'1 Senior shooting guard
14.2 ppg, 3 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.9 spg, 3.8 to/game, 46.2% fg, 68.4% ft, 33.3% 3pt

#21 Ian Clark, 6'3 Senior shooting guard
18.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg, 2.2 to/game, 57.1% fg, 75% ft, 55.9% 3pt

#14 JJ Mann, 6'6 Junior small forward
8.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.9 to/game, 36.5 % fg, 100% ft, 36.6% 3pt

#2 Blake Jenkins, 6'7 Junior small forward
10.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg, 2 bpg, 1.2 to/game, 65.4% fg, 66.7% ft, 22.2% 3pt

#30 Trevor Noack, 6'7 Senior power forward
10.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.6 bpg, 1.1 to/game, 46.4% fg, 68.4% ft, 46.7% 3pt

Substitutes


#22 Reece Chamberlain, 6'1 Sophomore point guard
3.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.9 spg, 1.1 to/game, 40% fg, 83.3% ft, 35.7% 3pt

#23 Craig Bradshaw, 6'3 Freshman shooting guard
3.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.8 apg, 1 spg, 0.6 to/game, 58.8% fg, 40% ft, 54.5% 3pt

#45 Brandon Baker, 6'6 Senior small forward
3.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.4 spg, 0.2 to/game, 50% fg, 50% ft, 20% 3pt

Strengths


Perimeter Shooting
The Bruins shoot the perimeter shot often and they shoot it very well. On the season they are knocking down 42.1% of their attempts from beyond the arc. They also rank in the top 10 nationally in made 3pt shots per game by knocking down 9.1. On the season 38.3% of their field goal attempts come from beyond the arc.

Turnover Margin
While Belmont has struggled to value the basketball they have done an outstanding job of forcing turnovers. On the season their opponents have turned the ball over an average of 18.1 times per contest and the Bruins have a turnover margin of +4.3. In addition, the Bruins collect 9.4 steals per game.

Weaknesses


Free Throw Differential
On the season the Bruins have a free throw differential of -5.1. Belmont does an average job of getting to the line, attempting 18.8 free throws per game. However, due to the pressure defense that they apply, they also commit a large number of fouls per game and put their opponents on the line for an average of 23.9 free throw attempts per contest.

Ball Security
While the Bruins have an excellent turnover margin they have turned the ball over quite often. On average Belmont commits 13.9 turnovers per game.

Defensive Rebounding
While Belmont does a decent job on the offensive boards, collecting 36.6% of their missed field goal attempts they are very average on the defensive glass. On the season they have a rebounding margin of -2.3. They could get hurt by 2nd chance points against bigger, more athletic teams throughout the year.

Kansas Keys to the Game


Defending the ‘3’
Kansas must slow down the Belmont attack from beyond the arc and so far this season the Jayhawks have not defended the 3pt shot well, allowing their opponents to convert 33.8% of their attempts. Kansas defenders must chase the Bruins off of screens, contest all shots, and run them off of the 3pt line as much as possible. If Belmont can knock down over 10 long range attempts this game could be very close to the end.

Points in the Paint
The Jayhawks must not get caught up in 3pt shooting contest with the Bruins. They must remember to use their advantage in transition and in the low post. If Kansas gets the ball into the paint often they should be able to get to the line and potentially get the undersized Belmont team in foul trouble.

Block out Distractions
While Belmont isn’t a national name, this program is very solid. The Jayhawks need to take this game very seriously as Belmont traveled to Duke last season and played the Blue Devils within two points. The first five minutes of this game should show what the Jayhawks state of mind is.

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