KU meets yet another Division II foe today as they square off against the Pittsburg State Gogogogorillas. PSU is traditionally a football power, but their basketball team isn't that bad. They return only four letterwinners from last year, a successful season that saw the team notch 23 victories and finish third in the highly competitive MIAA conference. Despite their player losses, they're still picked third in the conference, behind only the Kicking CMSU Mules and Southwest Baptist. They're picked above Washburn, who gave KU fits last year, if you don't remember clearly. Why will they be an interesting test tonight?
Two words: Eddie Jackson.
According to PSU:
The Gorillas are led by NCAA Division II All-American Eddie Jackson (5-11, 175). The Cleburne, Texas, native, led the MIAA in scoring (21.1 ppg) and 3-point field goals made (115). Jackson scored 30 or more points seven times last year and reached double figures in 27 of 29 games. Jackson also set the Pitt State single-game record when he made 10 3-pointers against Missouri Southern last season.
Still, even if Jackson lights it up, KU should have enough otherwise dominance down low to beat PSU handily. Pitt State's tallest returning letterwinner, their center from a year ago, is Brandon Rush's size, and he's no where near as athletic.
KU should win handily. I'm hoping to see them play a little more like the second half of FHSU and win going away. Phog's pick: 94-58
By the way, now would be a good time to hop by the Rock Chalk Challenge to take on Jayhawks from around the globe in prognosticating the outcomes of KU games. Idaho State is the first game that counts, but it won't hurt to sign up early.