WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sporting Alert) — No. 10 Kansas will take on Georgetown in a non-conference at the Verizon Center on Wednesday night in its first true road game of the season.
Kansas are scoring 69.4 points per game and giving up 62.7 per game, while Georgetown is shooting 50.1 percent from the field and scoring 72.6 points per game.
The Jayhawks (6-1) are in very good form and have won five straight games since their 72-40 defeat to No. 1 Kentucky on Nov 18.
Bill Self’s team also comes into the game blessed with confidence after it erased a huge deficit en route to a big-time 71-65 comeback victory over Florida in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge last Friday.
Kansas, which went into the halftime break down 39-24, went even further behind to 18 points against the Gators, before using a 17-0 run to setup the win — after outscoring Florida 47-26 in the second half.
Sophomore guard Wayne Selden Jr. led the way for the Jayhawks with 21 points in the comeback win, while Cliff Alexander scored 12 points and 10 rebounds, Frank Mason III had 12 points and Perry Ellis added 10.
“It was a terrible start and our best players were not very good at all in the first half,” Self said after the escaping win.
“The roles reversed in the second half.”
Georgetown (5-2) started the season on a four game winning streak, including a 66-65 overtime victory over Florida, but then suffered back-to-back defeats to Wisconsin and Butler, respectively.
They Hoyas, who are sitting first in the Big East Conference, ended that two-game skid with a 78-46 win over Towson on Sunday.
D’Vantes Smith-Rivera scored 16 points to lead four other Georgetown players into double figures, as Paul White (14 points), Joshua Smith (12), Jabril Trawick (11) and Isaac Copeland (10) also contributed in the victory.
The Kansas Jayhawks lead the series against the Georgetown Hoyas 2-1, with two of the previous three meetings being at neutral venues.
Self’s team picked up an 86-64 victory when these two teams met last December at Allen Fieldhouse.
Georgetown is among the teams who are receiving votes in the Associated Press top 25.
KU, which plays tonight without forward Jamari Traylor, who is suspended by the team after he was arrested over the weekend for interfering with a police officer, will be using the game as part of its preparation for Saturday’s battle with No. 13 Utah at Sprint Center.
“Hopefully that will be a situation in which we can put it behind us,” said Self, who confirmed that Traylor will travel with the team. “He’s a good kid who made a bad choice.
“(It) certainly brought some negative attention on him and our program.
“Certainly it’s a great learning lesson to our other guys, as well.”
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