The Kansas Jayhawks got the last laugh against the Ohio State Buckeyes in last year’s Final Four, but the Buckeyes will have a chance to get back at the Jayhawks this week when the two teams meet up in Ohio State.
Both teams have one loss on the season and both teams are ranked in the top 10. However, Ohio State will have the advantage in this one, with the game being at home for them and the fact that they have one of the best scorers in the country in Deshaun Thomas.
Thomas is averaging 20.3 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. Freshman Ben McLemore is leading Kansas with 16.1 points per game.
The Buckeyes do not have a win on the season that really sicks out on their resume and the same could be said for Kansas, however, the Jayhawks did manage to blowout the Colorado Buffaloes, 90-54.
Kansas was able to beat Ohio State two times last season, so you can bet that the Buckeyes will want redemption in this one. However, it will need Aaron Craft and Thomas to come up big. Craft started off the year very hot on the offensive side of the ball, but has cooled down quite a bit, only averaging 9.2 points per game now. Other than Thomas, two other Buckeyes are averaging 10 or more points for game.
The Jayhawks will have a huge advantage in the post with Jeff Withey, but Thomas can definitely hold his own in that department. Whether the case, it will all be decided on the court come Saturday, Dec. 22.
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