Kansas @ Oklahoma, Sat 2/13

By Totals 4 U

We return with a look at another match up of contenders to College Basketball’s National Championship, this week with a couple of top-10 squads tied atop the Big 12. #6 Kansas at #3 Oklahoma, tipoff 2:30 EST on Saturday from the Lloyd Nobel Center in Norman, Oklahoma. ESPN will provide the coverage.

KANSAS (20-4, 8-3 Big 12): Bill Self’s crew is off revenging an earlier loss to West Virginia, never trailing Wednesday night on the way to a 75-65 home victory, beating the Mountaineers’ relentless press by pushing the ball quickly, leading to 56.1% shooting from the field. Six Jayhawks scored 9 points or better, led by 21 from 6’8″ senior F Perry Ellis while 6’10” F Landen Lucas grabbed 16 boards and added 4 blocks.

Lucas and Wooden Award Finalist Ellis (16.9p, 6.5r) are joined in the starting lineup by a trio of guards, 5’11” Frank Mason III (13.1p, 4.8r, 4.6a) running the point, while 6’5″ Wayne Seldon Jr (14.4p) and 6’2″ Devonte Graham (10.7p) are able gunners behind the arc, nailing 95 of 220 this season. From the bench, 3-time National Coach of the Year Self, has a slew of depth at shooting guard and forward, with 6’7 junior Brannen Greene the best marksman.

The Jayhawks have the horses to push the pace all 40 minutes, scoring 83 points a trip, setting up a strong mix of easy points, shooting .490 from the field and .422 from deep while holding opponents to .406 and .330. Extremely athletic, natural play-makers (16.3 assists per game), and coached to play both ends.

OKLAHOMA (20-3, 8-3 Big 12): Lon Krugar’s group had a tougher time last trip, overcoming a 22-31 halftime deficit to Texas, rallied to the 63-60 home win by a tremendous closing performance by Wooden Award Finalist 6’4″ senior G Buddy Hiedl with 12 points in the last 3:11 including a 3-pointer to seal the deal with 1.3 seconds on the clock. 6’4″ Isaiah Cousins added 17 points and 6 boards while 6’8″ F Ryan Spangler posted 8 and 10.

Wooden Award Finalist Hiedl is positive scoring machine, averaging the major conferences’ best 25.7 per game, the only player in the country to shoot better than 50% from the field, better than 50% from three, and better than 90% from the stripe. Hows this for a stat: the Bahamanian native has equaled all the other players in the Big 12 with eight games of 30+ points!

Unlike Kansas, none of the Sooners came in a Blue Chip recruits, but Coach Kruger has started the same five every game, building chemistry that has racked 84.1 points per contest on .473 shooting including a blistering .451 mark behind the arc. Rounding out the starters are 6’0″ G Jordan Woodard (13.3p, 41 steals) and 6’9″ Khadeem Lattin (6.0p, 5.9r, 55 blocks).

FREE SELECTION: What a game! Kansas has a streak of 11 straight Conference Championships on the line, currently in a 3-way tie with the Mountaineers and Sooners, while another 3 teams remain just one game back. Oklahoma is 12-0 at home this season while Kansas took the first meeting 109-105 in triple overtime. These crews are very similar…the Jayhawks just a little more so. There’s no line yet posted and our bag is the Over/Unders but we’ll take our shot with Kansas by 3.

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Purdue @ Maryland on Saturday 2/6

By Totals 4 U

We have entered the regular season homestretch from college basketball and we will be taking a look at some match ups featuring the contenders over the next few weeks starting with a superb Big 10 Conference showdown this weekend. #18 Purdue Boilermakers at #4 Maryland Terrapins this Saturday afternoon starts us off…

Purdue (19-4, 7-3 Big 10): Coach Matt Painters’s group will have a week-long rest heading into this contest, last topping Nebraska 89-74 at home with 27 assists and 7’0″ 250# C AJ Hammonds earning his 3rd Big 10 Player of the Week Award with 32 points, 11 boards, 5 assists, and 5 blocks…all in just 29 minutes. 7’2″ 282# backup C Isaac Haas added 13 points in 12 minutes, earning the Boilermakers their 22nd bench points advantage in 23 tries.

A ton of size in West Lafayette when you add in 6’8″ F Edwards (10.5p, 5.4r) and 6’9″ 250# Swanigan (9.9p, 9.0r), earning a dominating 42.8/30.5 rebounding edge per game. 18.0 assists per game, feed the paint for a team .466 mark from the field versus .381 for opponents. Against the Huskers, this crew posted exactly zero fast-break points! Out of 89!

Purdue has outscored opponents 79.0-62.6 this season and, unlike some other big teams, can punish from the line at 75%. Another gem hidden among the trees is dynamite depth at guard. Behind Thompson and Davis, Painter can call on the trio of Hill, Mathias, and Cline that combines for 14.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and has dished 136 assists.

Maryland (20-3, 9-2 Big 10): Coach Mark Turgeon’s team is also off a win over Nebraska, overcoming 18 turnovers on Wednesday with a 70-65 roadie. 6’3″ G Melo Trimble scored 20 but emerging freshman star 6’11” 255# C Diamond Stone stole the show with 16 points, 10 boards, and 8 blocked shots.

The Terrapins’ starting five is stuffed with star power, each averaging double-digit points. Trimble is a Bob Cousy (top point guard) Award Finalist, G Rasheed Suliamon brings senior experience and 42-88 shooting from three. Stone plus 6’9″ F Carter (12.8p, 6.8r) and 6’9″ F Layman (10.7p, 5.7r) have combined for 94 blocks.

Exceptional size and athleticism places Maryland 6th-best in the nation from the field at .497 versus .399 for opponents plus they hold a fine mark of 75.7% from the free throw line to pile up a 76.5-64.2 scoring edge per contest.

Free Selection: The boys from ESPN better pack their steady-cams for this Saturday afternoon trip College Park because there is going to be some serious beef pounding the XFINITY Center paint! The Terrapins own an incredible mark 19-2 mark the last 2 seasons in games decided by 6 points or less, are 12-0 at home this season, and may have the best starting-five in the nation but there are two important points to consider. First, Maryland’s ball security has been suspect. Secondly, Maryland’s lack of depth could be critical if inside banging piles up the fouls, also displaying a rare Boilermakers crew that can offer a match from the charity stripe. No line on this game yet but, goodness help us, we’re calling for Purdue to pull off the upset.

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