Wofford vs Kansas Preview and Prediction
Wofford vs Kansas Preview
After back-to-back six-point victories and some late-minute magic, the 2nd-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (6-0) remain undefeated.
An underrated test awaits them Tuesday night.
Wofford (6-2) carries a four-game winning streak after winning its Southern Conference opener on Saturday, downing East Tennessee State 79-62. Senior guard Fletcher Magee nailed five 3-pointers and led the Terriers with 24 points, though 17th-year coach Mike Young was most impressed with his team’s defense and rebounding.
Magee averages a team-high 17.9 points and has made 33 treys. Senior forward Cameron Jackson averages 13.2 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds.
The Terriers know what it’s like to play Power Five schools–both of their losses came against top programs: North Carolina and Oklahoma.
For the Jayhawks, their experienced players have paid off. Senior guard Lagerald Vick has been a steadying presence in the KU lineup and is not afraid of any moment. He took over in the second half against Stanford, forcing overtime and scored 19 points in the final 12 minutes propelling the Jayhawks to a victory.
“We make seven 3s as a team, I’ve got no problem with the guy that made all of them actually shooting it. That’s not an issue,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “(Vick) was great down the stretch. We needed every one of them. We were lucky.”
Lucky too to have Vick, who almost left Kansas to embark on a professional career before returning as the team’s lone senior. His torrid rate from three-point range finds him 28-of-43 in the last five games after his 27-point outing against Stanford lifted his season average to a team-best 20.3 points.
Dedric Lawson, a junior forward who is the only Big 12 player averaging a double-double (18.8 points, 11.2 rebounds), has watched Vick’s heat checks since the two were growing up in Memphis.
“I haven’t seen nobody stop him,” Lawson said. “Lagerald is Lagerald. He’s been doing this since I met him in ninth, 10th grade. He’s been a scoring machine and I’m glad everyone’s getting to see it.”
“They take away threes and we had one guy make a shot outside of three feet,” Self said. “I do not think any guy had a shot outside three feet the entire time other than Lagerald. To win that game, ‘miracle’ is probably too strong, but that was a longshot win.”
Lawson, along with his brother K.J. transferred from the University of Memphis and are back on the court playing together after sitting out a year.
Both have come with their fair share of baggage, but so far it’s been nothing buy glowing reviews for both in Lawrence, KS.
K.J. is averaging 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in seven minutes a night.
Wofford vs Kansas Prediction
LINE: -17 Kansas
KU will win this game, but the spread scares me as this Wofford team will not back down from this challenge. The Terriers are used to taking on Power Five schools regularly. Against the spread, Kansas is just 3-3 on the season. I think they may move to 3-4 after this contest.