The Kansas basketball team’s non-conference season continues at home Saturday afternoon against Harvard, of the Ivy League. It marks Cheick Diallo’s second game for the Jayhawks after a solid debut, and the second of five home games in December, as KU inches closer to its Big 12 schedule.
Harvard, like many of KU’s non-conference opponents coming up, shouldn’t give the No. 4 Jayhawks too much trouble.
Harvard is 2-5 this season, coming off back-to-back road losses at Holy Cross and Northwestern.
Harvard’s victories came at home versus MIT and Bryant. The Crimson’s other losses came at Providence, to UMass and at Boston College.
Harvard’s games have mostly been low-scoring, and a slow pace is obviously what coach Tommy Amaker would prefer today at Allen Fieldhouse.
Harvard’s opponents are averaging 61.1 points and making just 35.5% of their field goals. What’s more, Crimson foes have made just 27.2% from 3-point range. That might say more about the quality of competition, but definitely something to keep an eye on as KU — averaging 93.5 points and shooting 45.7% from distance — tries to impose its will.
Here’s a little refresher on who’s hitting threes for Kansas:
- Selden 20 for 35 (57.1%)
- Svi 11 for 28 (39.3%)
- Graham 9 for 23 (39.1%)
- Mason 6 for 17 (35.3%)
- Ellis 4 for 9 (44.4%)
- Greene 5 for 5 (100%)
- Vick 1 for 4 (25%)
- Bragg 0 for 2 (0%)
Svi wanted to hit a deep 3 — at least a good 6 feet behind the line at the top of the arc — before he went back to the locker room. Took him a few tries, but he knew on the one that dropped. Just turned around, jogged the other way, while glancing over his shoulder to make sure it dropped.
Something to watch: Selden seemed even bouncier than usual during pre-game warm-ups. Looked like he could do something spectacular above the rim today.
That last game had the Diallo factor for entertainment value. Wonder if today's game will be quite as exciting. Then again, if Diallo plays like he did in the 2nd half that might be worth the price of admission.
Right off the bat, KU gets the ball to Ellis inside and even though Harvard's D collapsed around him Ellis scored easily.
This going to be one of those games where Ellis just scores a ton of points. Harvard doesn't have the size to stop him and KU needs Ellis to get going offensively.
Traylor tries going off the bounce and leaping to make a pass, but he's no Frank Mason and throws it right to Harvard.