March 10, 2007

Hardwood Analysis: K-State vs. Kansas

OKLAHOMA CITY - Kansas State hopes its third try against Kansas is a charm. The Wildcats dropped 97-70 and 71-62 decisions to the Jayhawks in February but earned a third crack at KU with its win over Texas Tech on Friday. Can the Wildcats find a way to knock off the second-ranked Jayhawks and move on to its first ever Big 12 Championship Game?

Hardwood Analysis: Kansas State (22-10, 10-6) vs. Kansas (28-4, 14-2)
Saturday, Mar. 10
Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Big 12 Conference Tournament Semifinals

The dish: One reason KU has been so good over the latter part of the season is the play of its backcourt. Guards Mario Chalmers and Russell Robinson can do a little bit of everything. Both have the ability to create turnovers and covert those opportunities into quick baskets, and Chalmers in particular can be dangerous shooting from the perimeter and potentially put up big numbers on the offensive end. Then there's freshman reserve Sherron Collins, who the Wildcats already know plenty about. K-State got by Tech in large part to the somewhat surprising performances of Lance Harris and Blake Young, who combined to score 32 points against a good Red Raider defense. With junior point guard Clent Stewart still under the weather look for Young too again see extended action against the Jayhawks. K-State's guards gave their fans something to be excited about heading into this game, but it will be difficult to duplicate that performance against the Jayhawks.

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