The No. 2 ranked Kansas Jayhawks host the Colorado Buffaloes Saturday in an intriguing college basketball match up. The Jayhawks come into this game with a record of 6-1 while the Buffaloes are a perfect 7-0. Kansas has won 9 of the last 10 games between the two, but Colorado won the last meeting in 2013. The Jayhawks are 9 point favorites. Tipoff is Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.
Colorado remains perfect
The Colorado Buffaloes are off to their best start in years. They are 7-0 and ranked No. 20 in the country. They are coming off a 76-64 win against Loyola Marymount on Wednesday. D'Shawn Schwartz and McKinley Wright IV led the Buffaloes attack with 16 points each while Tyler Bey had 13 points and eight rebounds. Evan Battey tossed in eight points and grabbed eight rebounds. The Buffaloes committed 18 turnovers but won the rebound battle 39-30. They made 25 of 33 free throws.
"We make it really hard on ourselves. We have to make the game simpler and easier, and the way you do that is by just making simple and easy plays. And right now some of our guys aren't doing that. You don't make simple plays and turn it over 18 or 19 times like we have the last two games," Buffaloes coach Tad Boyle said after the game, reported Colorado basketball.
But he knows they can't make those mistakes against Kansas.
"We have an opportunity on Saturday to go into a special place in college basketball history and make a little history of our own," Boyle said. "It isn't going to be easy and we aren't going to do it by turning the ball over and getting sped up. We're going to do it by executing, competing and doing the things we are capable of doing. All you can ask for in life is an opportunity. Our guys have it. Let's go try to make the most of it."
Kansas survives OT scareAfter an opening game loss to Duke, the Kansas Jayhawks have rattled off 6 straight wins to improve to 6-1. They are ranked No. 2 in the nation. Their most recent win was a 90-84 overtime win over Dayton to win the Maui Jim Classic. Sophomore Devon Dotson led Kansas with 31 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals. Senior Udoka Azubuike had 29 points with 4 blocked shots. Kansas was in serious jeopardy in the second half, down by 8 points with 8 minutes left. But they rattled off 11 straight points to take a 69-67. Kansas led 73-70 in the final seconds when Dayton’s Jalen Crutcher hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to send it to overtime.
Because of his performance in Maui, Devon Dotson has been named Big 12 Player of the Week!— Kansas Jayhawk Fans (@FansOfKU) December 3, 2019
Chaminade - 19 pts (3 3’s) 5 reb
BYU - 13 pts 8 ast 2 stl
Dayton - 31 pts 6 reb 5 stl 4 ast pic.twitter.com/H6cS4eBrKC
Led by Azubuike, who scored 9 points in overtime, Kansas rolled in the extra period. Dayton got close a few times, but Kansas pulled away to win it 90-84 win. Guard Marcus Garrett added 18 points and 7 rebounds. The Jayhawks shot 55.6 percent from the field and made 20-of-28 free throw shots. Kansas had 38 rebounds to just 30 for Dayton.
- Buffaloes are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
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