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Peterson: Best bet for Kansas vs. St. John's

By Greg Peterson  ( 

December 2, 2021 07:39 PM

The Kansas Jayhawks face their first true road test of the season as they had to New York on Friday to face the St. John’s Red Storm in the Big East-Big 12 Battle.

Kansas Jayhawks (-7, 157) at St. John's Red Storm

(stats as of Thursday morning)

Kansas is seventh in the country in points scored on a per-possession basis, while committing a turnover on just 14 percent of their possessions, which is 19th in the country.

The Red Storm are forcing a turnover on 24 percent of opponents possessions, which ranks 24th in America, and have forced at least 20 turnovers in three straight games, but those games were against Fairleigh Dickinson, St. Francis NY and against NJIT.

Opponents are getting an offensive rebound on 26.1 percent of their missed shots against St. John’s, which is 172nd nationally, with opponents making 36 percent of their 3-pointers, which ranks 264th among Division I teams.

With Kansas forcing isolation, allowing an assist on just 39.9 percent of made shots, which is 23rd in the country, they will shut down a St. John’s offense that is very reliant on ball movement to be successful on Friday.

Pick: Kansas -7

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