Coach: Ken Bone
Conference: Pac 12
2012-13 Record: 2-1
#3 DeVonte Lacy, 6’3 Sophomore point guard
11.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1 spg, 1 to/game, 50% fg, 77.8% ft, 38.5% 3pt
Lacy’s game is predicated on his ability to knock down the perimeter shot. Last season nearly 70% of his field goal attempts came from beyond the arc and so far this season 13 of his 22 field goal attempts have been from 3pt range. Lacy is also capable of getting to the free throw line but needs to attack the basket more. He isn’t a player that creates offense for others but he does have an excellent assist to turnover ratio.
#22 Royce Woolridge, 6’3 Sophomore combo guard
7.7 ppg, 1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 spg, 3 to/game, 44.4% fg, 60% ft, 50% 3pt
The transfer from Kansas has been solid this season for the Cougars, averaging 7.7 points per game. Woolridge has struggled with turnovers this season and his decision making is questionable at times. He lacks high end athleticism and can struggle with quicker defenders.
#2 Mike Ladd, 6’5 Senior shooting guard
12.7 ppg, 7 rpg, 2 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.3 to/game, 46.4% fg, 62.5% ft, 20% 3pt
Ladd is a player that is a threat from beyond the arc and can put the ball on the floor on straight line drives. While he is a good decision maker, he struggles to create offense for himself and others off the dribble. Ladd rebounds his position very well and is a good position defender.
#23 DJ Shelton, 6’10 Junior power forward
5.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2 apg, 3 to/game, 35.7% fg, 50% ft, 50% 3pt
Shelton is an interior player who scores with a jump hook over his left shoulder in the low post. He is a solid rebounder but has struggled in the past as a decision maker with the ball in his hands. Shelton has shown the ability to get to the free throw line this season but he has struggled, knocking down only 5 of his 10 attempts.
#12 Brock Motum, 6’10 Senior power forward
17.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.3 spg, 1 bpg, 3.3 to/game, 51.4% fg, 75% ft, 0% 3pt
Motum has a well refined offensive game for a bigger player and can put the ball on the floor against bigger players and also step outside and knock down perimeter shots. While he has yet to knock down a 3p shot this season, last season Motum knocked down 39.7% of his long range attempts and also averaged nearly six free throw attempts per contest. The senior can make plays for his teammates but has been turnover prone, averaging 3.3 turnovers per game. Motum is an average rebounder for his size but is a threat on the offensive glass.
#15 Junior Longrus, 6'7 Freshman power forward
2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1 apg, 1 bpg, 100 % fg
Longrus is very raw offensively and struggles greatly with his perimeter shot. However, the freshman is a very adept defensive player with great strength and very good quickness. He is 3-3 from the floor on the season and the Jayhawks need to keep Longrus off the glass.
#33 Brett Boese, 6'7 Freshman small forward
2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.3 to/game, 28.6% fg, 28.6% 3pt
Boese is a very good offensive player and a solid perimeter shooter. Boese has attempted all seven of his shots this season from beyond the arc and is very good in both catch and shoot situations and coming off of screens. Boese moves well without the ball but struggles to put the ball on the floor and create offense for himself and his teammates. Boese struggles to defend quicker players, especially on the basketball.
#34 Dexter Kernich-Drew, 6'6 Sophomore small forward
8.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.3 spg, 66.7% fg, 50% ft, 50% 3pt
Kernich-Drew is a threat from beyond the arc for the Cougars. Last season 44 of his 57 field goal attempts came from 3pt range but he connected on only 31.8% of those attempts. Kernich-Drew struggles to put the ball on the floor and can’t create offense for himself and others. While he doesn’t turn the ball over much he only had ten assists all of last year.
#5 Will DiIorio, 6’5 Junior shooting guard
3.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.3 apg, 1 spg, 0.3 to/game, 66.7% fg, 100% ft
DiIorio has been a solid player off the bench, averaging 12 minutes of playing time per game. Up to this point in the season he hasn’t shown the ability to shoot the perimeter shot. He has grabbed four offensive rebounds this season, which is tied for the team lead.
Free Throw Differential
The Cougars are averaging 22 free throw attempts per game on the season and have a free throw differential of +11.7. Led by Motum, they attack the basket well and put themselves in a position to get to the line. The area where they have been excellent thus far is keeping their opponents off the line, only allowing 10.3 free throw attempts per game.
Washington State is knocking down 49.4% of their shots from beyond the field. Their shot selection has been solid and they have a skilled group of players. While their perimeter shooting has been shaky (33.3%), this team has the ability to knock down perimeter shots at a much higher rate as neither Motum or Ladd has been effective from beyond the arc through their first three games.
Motum has the ability to be a first team all-conference player and will be a tough match-up for most players due to his size and inside-outside ability. Last season he scored 25 points or more on nine different occasions, with a season high of 34 coming against USC. He is an effective perimeter shooter and does a very good job of getting to the free throw line.
The Cougars are a team that struggles on the offensive glass. Last season they only averaged 9.2 offensive rebounds per contest and so far this season they’re only averaging 8.7 offensive rebounds and grabbing rebounds on 32.9% of their missed shots.
Washington State has 43 assists and 40 turnovers on the season, for an assist to turnover ratio of 1.08:1. The Jayhawks have had success converting turnovers into points this season, so this is certainly an area to keep an eye on in this game.
Free Throw Shooting
While the Cougars do a good job of getting to the free throw line they haven’t been able to convert at a high rate this season. Through three games Washington State has only been able to knock down 66.7% of their attempts from the line.
Kansas Keys to the game
Pound the Glass
The Cougars struggle to rebound the basketball and the Jayhawks currently average 12 offensive rebounds per game. Kansas hasn’t been up to par this season on the boards, but needs to own the glass in this contest and convert 2nd chance points.
Motum is a terrific player and will be a tough match-up for the Jayhawks. Kansas needs a team effort to slow him down in the half-court offense and must do a good job of keeping him off the free throw line.
Kansas has yet to put together a full 40 minutes of basketball this season. They’ve had stretches where they’ve played very well but also stretches where they’ve really struggled both offensively and defensively. This team needs to start putting out consistent production on both ends of the floor and if they do they should have an opportunity to earn another trip to the Final Four this April.
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