Texas Tech will have to deal with Kansas' deadly inside duo
Texas Tech's inside depth will be tested tonight by a dynamic Kansas interior duo. That will be a challenge for an undersized Red Raider team.
It all starts with center Hunter Dickinson. The Michigan transfer is an old-school player who has tremendous footwork and is very comfortable playing with his back to the basket.
This year, he's averaging 18.7 points and 11 boards per game. In each of his last five games, he's put up no less than 15 points, and in three of those he's had 20 or more.
Dickinson is a monster inside. That's troubling for a Red Raider team that has only one legitimate big man in the post, Warren Washington. Dickinson is shooting an impressive 57.2% from the floor this season and that's because 90% of his looks come in the lane.
Another Jayhawk who gets a ton of his offense in the paint is K.J. Adams. But unlike the sometimes lumbering Dickinson, Adams is an elite athlete.
The 6-foot-7 junior is a threat to attack the rim at any moment that the ball is in his hands. He averages 12.7 points and 4.6 boards per game but he has the athleticism to take over at any moment.
An Austin native, he's shooting an astounding 63.8% from the floor. What's interesting, though, is that, despite being a wing player, he doesn't shoot 3-pointers. In fact, this year, he's only attempted two and for his career, he's 0-6 from beyond the arc.
So even if Kansas is without its starting backcourt, the Red Raiders will have a tough task ahead of them thanks to this inside duo. That's why the paint could once again tell the story of how a Red Raider game plays out.