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Preview | Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Kansas Jayhawks travel to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Red Raiders will face one of the top teams in the nation and two of the top players in C Jeff Withey and SG Ben McLemore.

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Kansas Jayhawks (13-1, 1-0)

Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-5, 1-1)

January 12, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

United Spirit Arena | Lubbock, TX

TV: ESPN2 | Radio: Affiliates | GameCast: FoxSports

Probable Starters

Elijah Johnson (6-4/195)


Josh Gray (6-1/175)

Ben McLemore (6-5/195)


Dusty Hannahs (6-4/210)

Travis Releford (6-6/210)


Trency Jackson (6-2/185)

Kevin Young (6-8/190)


Jordan Tolbert (6-7/225)

Jeff Withey (7-0/235)


Dejan Kravic (6-11/240)


The Jayhawks just stole a game, at home, from what seemed like a sure loss against Iowa St. McLemore was terrific with 33 points and you'll see on Saturday why he might be the best player in the country. Oh, and he's only a freshman. I'd also add that withey is the top shot-blocker in the country. He is a difference maker. And to be truthful, the starting five is really good for Kansas. Better than any starting five in the Big 12.

Kansas is 40th in scoring offense and 49th in scoring defense. Like every other Bill Self coached team, Kansas is incredibly balanced and typically, they lean being better on the defensive side than the offensive side. Kansas is 2nd in defensive field goal percentage. This is going to be very problematic for a Texas Tech team that struggles to score.


No one likes writing what I'm about to write when it comes to their team. Kansas, will, most likely dominate this game. They have at least two first round picks on their team and three potential draft picks. They are really good defensively. They force opposing teams into bad shots and Texas Tech is not a team that typically takes good shots. This isn't a fun exercise, but I do think that Texas Tech is playing two of the toughest teams to match-up with right out of the Big 12 gate.

Depending on the style that Texas Tech employs, they can try to grind it out with the rest of the Big 12. I don't think that the rest of the Big 12 is so much more significantly more talented than Texas Tech. I'm not thinking that Texas Tech is going to win a lot of those games, but for the last game and most likely this game, the scores did and could get ugly. But don't dispair too much. I think Texas Tech will be in a lot of the games where the opponent isn't named Baylor and Kansas.