What better way to preview the fourth meeting of UAB and Kansas than fire off some questions to our friends at RockChalkTalk.com.
In our game preview Know Your Enemy: The Kansas Jayhawks we touched on some of the highlights from three prior match-ups between the two teams. Definitely give it a look.
Let’s see what Rock Chalk Talk thinks about Kansas thus far through the season and what to expect in the game Monday.
1. Though a small sample size, where do you feel the backcourt of Frank Mason and Devonte’ Graham measure up compared to the best in college basketball? Do they have the potential to be one of the best guard duos in recent Jayhawk history?
When you factor in defense, I can’t think of a backcourt I would take in front of those guys. Grayson Allen and Luke Kennard are probably better offensively, and there are probably some better defensively, but adding them together it’s pretty tough to find a backcourt that can score as well as those two can and also shut down opposing backcourts as well as they can.
As far as best backcourts in recent KU history, it is certainly up there. Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson both had good seasons in 2012, and Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar were both good with Tyshawn in 2011. And I should shoutout the 2009 and 2010 backcourts of Sherron Collins and any warm body who were also good. But yeah, Mason and Graham are certainly deserving of the positive ink they’ve gotten.
2. Now having seen the Jayhawks against Duke and Indiana, who or whom in your opinion has taken the greatest strides forward from the loss to the win?
The obvious answer is Josh Jackson. He struggled a bit against Indiana and then came out and had 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and played some good defense against Duke. The other one is the other McDonalds All American freshman Udoka Azubuike, who doubled his minutes played in the Duke game and grabbed 12 rebounds in 15 minutes. He hasn’t quite shown the scoring touch yet, but I think that will come as he gets used to playing against guys his size.
3. You get the chance to see the best of the best first hand on Kansas’ roster year in and year out. Who from UAB catches your eye if any?
I’m pretty excited to watch William Lee. How in the world has he had games with 7 and 6 blocks so far? I’m guessing Frank Mason will have a tougher time finishing at the rim against him. Chris Cokley also looks like a pretty hefty challenge down low. Both of those guys put together should be a good test for a KU frontline that still needs to prove itself a bit.