In one of the most anticipated games in the early portion of the college basketball season, the No. 11 Kansas Jayhawks will play the No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats in New York City on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN at 8:00 PM.
For a Kansas team attempting to reload after losing three players to the NBA Draft, playing another John Calipari squad loaded with possible "one-and-done" freshmen will be a good measuring stick for where they stand in the national picture.
The match-up that has NBA scouts buzzing is in the front-court, where Thomas Robinson, a super-athletic 6'9 240 forward widely projected as a lottery pick in next year's draft, will have to battle two other future lottery picks in 6'9 Terrence Jones and 6'10 Anthony Davis.
In the back-court, the Jayhawks upperclassmen, Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson, will need to outplay their more highly-touted but also more inexperienced counterparts in Kentucky's Marquis Teague and Doron Lamb.
And while the future NBA players will get a majority of the press, the game may come down to a match-up of two veteran role players on the perimeter: Kentucky senior Darius Miller and Kansas junior Travis Releford.
With a thin Jayhawk bench behind him, Releford will be counted on to provide scoring, rebounding and defense from the forward positions.
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