The Kansas Jayhawks survived the suspension of David McCormack, as he returns just in time for two quick home games against Texas Tech and Texas in Allen Fieldhouse. Texas Tech gave Kansas their most lopsided defeat last year, even if it was on the road. Coming off a big win over West Virginia where they scored seemingly at will, can the Red Raiders come into Allen Fieldhouse and steal a game?
Take a look at what our staff thinks, and then leave your own prediction in the comments below.
dnoll5: This one is going to be tight, but I just don’t see KU losing at Allen Fieldhouse twice this season. Kansas weathered the storm, and if they can keep the turnovers down, I think they win. Also, will Bill Self stick with Christian Braun as a starter? Kansas 67, Texas Tech 63
Fizzle406: I’m with dnoll. I don’t see KU losing this one. Kansas 70, Texas tech 64
Kyle_Davis21: I’m with Fizzle. Texas Tech is like a lot of teams Kansas has faced this year with a strong defense and an offense with something to be desired. Add in that the Red Raiders turn it over more than Kansas does, and Tech is only 1-3 in true road games this year, and I’ll take the Jayhawks in another ugly defensive battle. Kansas 69, Texas Tech 62
David: Any team with a decent defense scares me a little this year. Texas Tech has an outstanding defense, so I think there’s legitimate cause for concern here. Because the game is in AFH I’ll go ahead and pick KU, but I don’t feel great about it. Fortunately, Tech’s offense is nothing to write home about, so I feel confident they’ll be just as smothered as KU when running their half court offense. I think this will be tight all the way down to the wire, with Kansas barely avoiding a second home loss. Kansas 60, Texas Tech 58
Brendan: Feels like this is going to be a close one, but I don’t think particularly highly of the current talent for Tech. They’ll play hard and defend, but at home and with some positive momentum, I’m taking KU. Starting quickly may be a key. Kansas 68, Texas Tech 61
Mike.Plank: They’ll play hard, you say? Somewhere, Bruce Weber is smiling (despite a 2-5 conference record). Last year, Texas Tech was 5-3 in conference play prior to coming to Lawrence. This year, they’re 4-3. What does that mean? Absolutely nothing. Tech has some good wins this season (#1 Louisville) but also some head-scratching losses. (Iowa? DePaul?) I like Kansas to hold serve here, particularly considering the beat-down the Jayhawks took the last time these two schools matched up. Kansas 72, Texas Tech 61.
Andy Mitts: Texas Tech takes the inconsistency we’ve seen from the Jayhawks this year to the extreme. As their win over West Virginia showed, they have the offensive firepower to go off if things are clicking. However, the only thing they are consistently good at is passing the ball: They have the 5th highest rate of assisted field goals made. Getting defensive pressure to disrupt passing lanes to keep the Red Raiders from getting in a rhythm. I think Marcus Garrett will be huge defensively here, and Kansas will use the spark from McCormack returning to avoid the huge stretches of poor play that they had without Dok last week. Kansas 74, Texas Tech 63.