I have a feeling Kansas basketballfans aren’t going to like what I have to say here today. For all I know, Wichita State basketball fans might not like it, either.
But here goes.
Jayhawks, you’re the Shockers.
You’re 22-4; WSU is 23-5.
You suffered a three-game losing streak in the middle of your conference season; so did the Shockers.
During that streak, you lost at TCU, a team that had not won a conference game. During WSU’s streak, it lost at Southern Illinois, a team that had won one conference game.
Kansas is 14-1 at Allen Fieldhouse. WSU is 14-1 at Koch Arena.
KU is 10-3 in its conference, tied for first place. The Shockers are 12-4 in their conference, one game ahead in first place.
The Jayhawks average 73.2 points per game; the Shockers average 69.0 ppg.
Kansas gives up 60.3 points per game; Wichita State allows 59.2 ppg.
KU is a 35.4 percent shooting team from beyond the three-point line. The Shockers shoot 34.2 percent from the arc.
The Jayhawks limit opponents to 35.4 percent field-goal shooting. Wichita State’s opponents are shooting 39 percent.
First-year player Ben McLemore, a redshirt freshman, leads Kansas in scoring, averaging 16.3 points per game. Cleanthony Early, a first-year player and junior college transfer, leads WSU in scoring with 14.6 ppg.
There are times when it seems like each of the team’s leading scorers appears reticent to become too involved in the offense.
KU seniors Jeff Withey and Travis Releford are having outstanding seasons that could land them on the all-conference team. Ditto for Wichita State seniors Carl Hall and Malcolm Armstead.
Kansas coach Bill Self is in no hurry to play Wichita State. Gregg Marshall doesn’t appear to be losing sleep about playing Kansas.
KU has 381 assists. Wichita State has 384 assists.
The Jayhawks have made 673 field goals. The Shockers have made 681 field goals.
Kansas has committed 351 turnovers. Wichita State has turned it over 373 times.
There are so many similarities this season between KU and WSU. It’s eerie. Make of it what you will.