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How to Watch: Kansas vs Wichita State

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The Kansas Basketball Charity Tour Part 2 is on as Kansas and Wichita State meet up in Kansas City in a non-conference matchup that for some reason is on national television. (Okay, we know the reason, and it’s Kansas, but still.)

The Jayhawks enter the contest with a ranking of #2 by the AP, while the Shockers are unranked. KenPom has the KU at #16 and Wichita State at #118. The preseason conference coaches poll picked Wichita State to finish 8th in the 14-team American Athletic Conference this year.

Despite their proximity, these two programs have met intermittently, with KU holding a 12-3 all-time advantage. Two of WSU’s three wins over KU have come in the NCAA Tournament, including the most recent matchup, a 78-65 Wichita State victory in Omaha in March of 2015.

The Jayhawks are coming off a closer-than-the-final-score-indicated 75-60 home win over Yale, while WSU comes in off a 69-60 loss vs K-State, also in Kansas City.

Click here for a more in-depth look at the Shockers.

Here are the essentials:

The Numbers

(2) Kansas: 11-1, 0-0 Big 12

Wichita State: 8-4, 0-0 American

Line: KU -13.5

How to Watch

Saturday, Dec 30, 3:00 p.m. CST

Kansas City, MO: T-Mobile Center (19,135)

TV: ESPN2

- Mark Neely (Play-by-Play), Fran Fraschilla (Analyst)

Radio: Jayhawk Radio Network

- Brian Hanni (Play-by-Play), Greg Gurley (Analyst)

Online Streaming: www.espn.com or the ESPN app (subscription required)

Fun Facts

Kansas is second in the nation in assists per game and eighth in field goal percentage.

Kansas has won 24-straight games in the month of December, and Bill Self has the highest December win percentage of any active coach.

KU is 45-11 all-time in the T-Mobile Center.

The Jayhawks are 28-1 when Dajuan Harris scores 10+ points.

The last five regular season matchups between these two programs, from 1989-1993, saw five straight KU victories by an average score of 89-57.