KANSAS — – No. 5 Kansas will meet Nebraska Omaha in one of its two final non-conference fixtures before starting league play. The Jayhawks and Mavericks matchup will take place at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, on Friday at 7 p.m. EST. Live coverage is on ESPN2 and Streaming on WatchESPN.com.
Nebraska Omaha (2-4) vs. No. 5 Kansas (5-1)
STORYLINE PREVIEW: Kansas comes into this game on a five-game winning streak and beat Creighton 73-72 at home in a close encounter on Tuesday night. presents a tough challenge for Nebraska Omaha. The Jayhawks (5-1) have played three ranked teams so far and have a 2-1 record, their only defeat coming against No. 1 Gonzaga in their season opener on Thanksgiving Day.
Nebraska Omaha, meanwhile, has played a ranked team once this season and lost that game to then-No. 9 Creighton. The Mavericks (2-4) were able to break a three-game losing streak with a close 65-63 win over SIU Edwardsville on Saturday.
Jalen Wilson is averaging 16.3 points and nine rebounds and shooting 50.0% from the field for Kansas across six games, while Christian Braun is putting out 13 points and 6.5 rebounds and connecting on 48.4% of his three-pointers so far this season. Ochai Agbaji scored 13.5 points per game, while David McCormack is contributing 10.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest this season.
Looking ahead for Nebraska Omaha, the team is being led by Matt Pile, who has averaged 10.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game, while Marlon Ruffin is scoring 13.4 points and making 95.5% of his free throws. Ayo Akinwole is scoring nine points per game.
Coming into this game, Kansas has won its last three home games and is scoring an average of 75.7 points and giving away 62.3. The Jayhawks are ranked second in the Big 12 with an average of 73.5 possessions per game and are tied-46th in the country for rebounds per game with 42.0.