No. 5 Kansas and No. 8 Creighton will clash in Tuesday night’s Tuesday’s Big East-Big 12 Battle, live on ESPN and WatchESPN.com. Tipoff time for this game is slated for 5:00 PM ET, with the matchup taking place at Allen Fieldhouse here in Lawrence.
Kansas (4-1) comes into the game on a four-game winning streak since losing to No. 1 Gonzaga in its season opener on Thanksgiving Day.
The Jayhawks, who are 2-0 at home this season have so far beaten Saint Joseph’s, then-No. 20 Kentucky, Washburn, and most recently North Dakota State. Tyon Grant-Foster was one of the highlighted players at both ends for Kansas in the close 65-61 victory over North Dakota State on Saturday and he, as well as head coach Bill Self, is hoping for the same individual intensity against an undefeated and confident Creighton team.
Grant-Foster is averaging 12.4 minutes per game, but if he continues to play as he did in the last game, he could very well see an increase in playing time after featuring for almost 22-minutes in the last outing.
For Creighton, the team travels to Lawrence with a 3-0 record, but this will be its first matchup against a ranked opponent this season.
The Bluejays opened the season with a victory over North Dakota State and then grab a pair of wins against Omaha and Kennesaw State.
With Kansas currently being its only ranked opponent on the slim schedule, due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Creighton will be hoping to use this fixture to measure its current standard.
Heading into this game, Christian Bishop is averaging 15.0 points per game with 5.3 assists and shooting 81.0% from the field for the Bluejays.
Marcus Zegarowski averages 12.3 points and 7.0 assists, Antwann Jones is scoring 10.7 points and 6.0 rebounds, while Ryan Kalkbrenner is averaging 10.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game.
For Kansas, junior guard Ochai Agbaji averages 16.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 41.9% from the 3-point range.
Versatile junior wing-forward Jalen Wilson is putting out 15.0 points and 8.8 rebounds, while connecting on 46.4% of his shots from the field. The other player scoring in double figures so far this season is Christian Braun, who averages 12.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, and shooting 47.6% from the field and 50.0% from 3-pointers.