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2017-18 MAC Basketball Preview: Toledo Rockets at #2 Kansas Jayhawks

Another daunting task for the Rockets

NCAA Basketball: South Dakota State at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Toledo Rockets are coming off a pair of tough match-ups, and things actually get harder as they head to Lawrence to take on the Kansas Jayhawks. The undefeated Jayhawks are currently ranked number 2 in the nation.


Game Details

  • When: Nov. 28th, 2017, 8 p.m. EST
  • Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Watch: Via stream on ESPN3
  • Listen: Rocket Vision @ UTRockets.com
  • Line: Kansas -25

Scouting the Rockets

Toledo started the season 3-0 before losing their last 2, against Syracuse and Cornell. The Rockets are shooting well from beyond three, hitting 37.5% from beyond the arch as a team.

Transfer Tre’Shaun Fletcher has made a huge impact already this season. The Colorado transplant is averaging nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds per game for his senior season.


Scouting the Jayhawks

To say Kansas is a talented team would be a vast understatement. 5 Jayhawks average over 12 points a game.

Devonte Graham is the little engine that makes the whole team go. The 6’2 senior is averaging 12 points and 4.8 rebounds on the season, to go with an astronomical 9.2 assists.

The Jayhawks have scored over 92 in 4 of their 5 games, including 102 in their last outing against a solid Oakland squad.


Players to Watch

Tre’Shaun Fletcher, Toledo: The 6’7 guard is leading the Rockets in points, rebounds, and assists.

Jaelan Sanford, Toledo: Sanford is quietly putting up some impressive numbers, too. He is averaging 18.2 points, 3.6 points, and 3.4 rebounds.

Udoka Azubuike, Kansas: A 7 footer that is making 77% of his shots. He could be a handful for the Rockets in the paint.

Lagerald Vick, Kansas: Averaging 17.6 points and 7.2 rebounds on the season.


Prediction

Kansas, while fantastic, isn’t particularly deep. The Rockets actually get more minutes off their bench. The Rockets also match up well in size. I think Toledo might actually keep this close if they can get hot, which is a big if. Even if that happens Kansas will pull away late, and win 92-75.