Five-minute Scout

Three reasons I think North Carolina doesn’t match up well with KU

**Team:** North Carolina **Record:** 25-10 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 25 *All statistics from KenPom.com unless otherwise noted.* 3 Strengths ----------- • **Ball security:** North Carolina has turned it over on just 17.3 percent of its possessions this year, which ranks ...

Will KU ‘run Western Kentucky off the line’ Friday night?

**Team:** Western Kentucky **Record:** 20-15 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 184 *All statistics from KenPom.com unless otherwise noted.* • For a refresher of Western Kentucky's strengths/weaknesses, check out the Five-minute Scout from March 17. 3 Numbers to ...

Western Kentucky has two of three traits that huge underdogs want

**Team:** Western Kentucky **Record:** 20-15 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 183 *All statistics from KenPom.com unless otherwise noted* 3 Strengths ----------- • **Offensive rebounding:** Let's get the scary part out of the way for Kansas fans: ESPN's "Giant Killers" blog has ...

Grabbing defensive rebounds critical for KU against Kansas State

**Team:** Kansas State **Record:** 27-6 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 27 *All statistics from KenPom.com unless otherwise noted.* • For a refresher of Kansas State's strengths/weaknesses, check out the Five-minute Scout from Feb. 11. 3 Numbers to Know ----------- **0.867 ...

Here’s why Iowa State’s offense is tough on Jeff Withey

**Team:** Iowa State **Record:** 22-10 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 35 *All statistics from KenPom.com* • For a refresher of Iowa State's strengths/weaknesses, check out the Five-minute Scout from Feb. 25. 3 Numbers to Know ----------- • **1.157 — The number of ...

Don’t be surprised if this KU senior has a big game against Texas Tech

**Team:** Texas Tech **Record:** 11-19 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 254 *All statistics from KenPom.com and are as of Thursday unless otherwise noted* • For a refresher of Texas Tech's strengths/weaknesses, check out the Five-minute Scout from March 4. 3 Numbers to ...

Unlucky Baylor should play KU close

**Team:** Baylor **Record:** 17-13 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 53 *All statistics from KenPom.com unless otherwise noted* 3 Strengths ----------- • **Three-point defense:** It's been tough to shoot — much less make — threes against Baylor this year. Just 29.7 percent ...

Will this be ‘meat necklace’ part two?

**Team:** Texas Tech **Record:** 10-17 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 249 *All statistics from KenPom.com unless otherwise noted* 3 Strengths ----------- • **Defensive pressure:** Texas Tech ranks fourth in Big 12 play in defensive steal percentage, swiping the ball away on ...

Bob Huggins’ Mountaineers resemble Frank Martin’s Wildcats

**Team:** West Virginia **Record:** 13-15 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 115 *All statistics from KenPom.com unless otherwise noted* 3 Strengths ----------- • **Offensive rebounding:** The three strengths I'm about to describe are going to sound a lot like Frank Martin's ...

Will KU limit turnovers against a passive Iowa State D?

**Team:** Iowa State **Record:** 19-8 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 35 *All statistics from KenPom.com unless otherwise noted* 3 Strengths ----------- • **Three-point shooting:** Iowa State jacks up a lot of threes (42.4 percent of shots are threes, 16th-highest split ...

TCU has regressed since win over KU

**Team:** TCU **Record:** 10-16 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 284 *All statistics from KenPom.com unless otherwise noted* 3 Strengths ----------- • **Getting to the free throw line:** TCU has the nation's 57th-best offensive free throw rate, averaging 19.8 free throws per ...

Two factors key for KU against home favorite Oklahoma State

**Team:** Oklahoma State **Record:** 19-5 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 16 *All statistics from KenPom.com unless otherwise noted* 3 Strengths ----------- • **Turnovers:** Oklahoma State continues to thrive offensively and defensively because of turnovers, ranking first in ...

Expect lots of free throws for KU against Texas

**Team:** Texas **Record:** 11-13 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 91 *All statistics from KenPom.com unless otherwise noted* 3 Strengths ----------- • **Interior defense:** Texas is still one of the best teams in the nation when it comes to two-point defense. Though this area ...

Will Kansas State be able to avoid turnovers in Allen Fieldhouse?

**Team:** Kansas State **Record:** 19-4 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 31 *All statistics from KenPom.com unless otherwise noted* 3 Strengths ----------- • **Turnovers:** Kansas State has been the Big 12's best team in offensive turnover percentage (16.6 percent) and ...

Winning turnover battle Oklahoma’s best chance at upset

**Team:** Oklahoma **Record:** 14-7 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 57 *All statistics from KenPom.com unless otherwise noted* 3 Strengths ----------- • **Avoiding fouls:** Oklahoma enters Saturday's game as the top team in Big 12 play when it comes to defensive free throw ...

Slow pace, bad offense means TCU unlikely to hit 50 against KU

**Team:** TCU **Record:** 9-12 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 278 *All statistics from KenPom.com unless otherwise noted* 3 Strengths ----------- • **Forcing turnovers:** TCU is a rare team that creates a lot of giveaways without getting many steals. Opponents turn it over on ...

Will West Virginia be able to get to the free throw line against KU?

**Team:** West Virginia **Record:** 9-10 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 107 *All statistics from KenPom.com* 3 Strengths ----------- • **Offensive rebounding:** Kansas has picked a nice year to be dominant on the defensive glass, as it faces yet another foe Monday that does a ...

Two dangerous scorers lead Oklahoma offense

**Team:** Oklahoma **Record:** 13-4 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 53 3 Strengths ----------- • **Offensive rebounding:** Oklahoma has grabbed 35.5 percent of its missed shots, which ranks 67th nationally. The Sooners actually have upped that total in Big 12 play, posting a ...