This Friday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Monmouth Hawks and the Kansas Jayhawks. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at Allen Fieldhouse.
Monmouth Looks To Get Back To .500The Monmouth Hawks have looked underwhelming up to this point in the season. The Hawks have only won one of their first three games of the season after losing their last game to Kansas State on the road by 19 points. In that game, Monmouth's offense was terrible as it only scored 54 points while shooting 39.6% from the floor. Now, Monmouth has to face off against the #5 team in the country on the road on Friday as it will look to get back to a .500 record. The odds of the Hawks actually getting this victory are slim to none but stranger things have already happened this season in college basketball so anything is possible.
Leading the Hawks offensively is junior guard Ray Salnavewho has looked solid this season. He is averaging a team-high 15.0 points per game along with 3.3 rebounds while shooting 50.0% from the floor. In addition, he is also shooting an impressive 54.5% from the three-point line so he has been the best shooter on the roster by a wide margin.
Monmouth's most underrated player is sophomore forward Nikkei Rutty who has looked good this season. He is currently averaging just 4.3 points per game along with 4.0 rebounds in just 22.7 minutes of playing time. However, he is still shooting an efficient 55.6% from the floor and has a team-high 1.3 blocks per game so he has turned into a very important role player for this team.
Kansas Looks To Take Advantage Of Long LayoffThe Kansas Jayhawks have looked okay up to this point in the season. The Jayhawks have won half of their first two games as they were able to beat UNC Greensboro at home in their last game. In that game, Kansas' defense was amazing as it held UNC Greensboro to just 62 points on 38.7% shooting from the floor. Interestingly, that game was a week ago so Kansas has had a lot of time off leading up to this game. As a result, Kansas can either come out extremely flat or extremely energetic for this game. I would personally lean to the latter since it has the chance to move up in the AP Top 25 since Kentucky lost earlier this week.
Leading the Jayhawks offensively is sophomore guard Devon Dotson who looked solid this season. He is currently averaging a team-high 19.5 points per game along with 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists. In addition, he is also shooting 47.8% from the floor. However, he has been a bit turnover prone as he is averaging 3.5 turnovers per game. If Dotson plans on leading his team to a potential title, he will need to do a better job with his ball security.
Kansas' most underrated player is senior center Udoka Azubuike who has been pretty good so far this season. He is currently averaging 9.0 points per game along with 9.0 rebounds while shooting 66.7% from the floor. However, Azubuike still does not appear to be fully healthy ever since he suffered a hand injury that ended last season early for him. However, he still has the body to dominate in the post and he will start to showcase that ability once he gets more comfortable.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
- Jayhawks are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Jayhawks are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Friday games.