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As highlighted by C.J. Moore of Bleacher Report, Kansas is getting away from its post-orientated offense due to poor shooting from field (45.9 percent on 2-point shots – 239th in the country) and attempting more shots from beyond the arc during Big 12 play. The Jayhawks haven’t been able generate points by their usual practice of throwing the ball into the post, instead using more dribble penetration and kicking out to open shooters on the perimeter.
College hoops total bettors have reaped the benefits of those extra 3-point looks, with the Jayhawks averaging 9.2 made 3-pointers on 20.6 attempts (44.7 percent) in the five conference games in which KU has played Over the total. In the four games in which Kansas played Under the number, it averaged only 4.25 3-point buckets on 13.5 attempts (31 percent).
The Jayhawks put this new-look offense to the test in an 89-76 victory over Iowa State Monday, in which it negated the post-up for dribble penetration and knocked down 10 of 21 3-point attempts and played well Over the total.
“We’ve kind of found a way to win some games different than we practice all the time and what we emphasize, and tonight was one of those nights,” Bill Self told reporters after the game.
The high-scoring win over ISU improved KU to 7-2 O/U inside Allen Fieldhouse on the season, including a 3-2 O/U mark in conference competition. The Jayhawks are 40 for 91 (44 percent) from distance in those Big 12 home games – a significant jump from their season average of 39.6 percent. Away from Lawrence, Kansas is 2-2 O/U with a 23-for-66 mark (35 percent) from long range.
The Jayhawks could be a little more trigger happy from outside the arc this coming weekend, when it visits Oklahoma State in Stillwater Saturday. The Cowboys have one of the best home-court defenses in the country, allowing just 56.2 points per home game on 36.5 percent shooting – 31.4 percent from 3-point range.