Top stats to know: Kansas at Florida

The Kansas Jayhawks and the Florida Gators look to bounce back from last-second losses when they meet in Gainesville tonight at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Florida lost at No. 12 UConn Dec. 2 on Shabazz Napier’s buzzer beater. And on Saturday, Kansas lost at Colorado on a 3-pointer by Askia Booker as time expired. The Jayhawks will look to avoid two consecutive road losses for the first time since March 6, 2005.

Let’s take a look at some of the top stats to know.

High-class hoops

Kansas and Florida had top-10 recruiting classes this year. There are five players among the top 15 in last year’s ESPN 100 on the two rosters.

Top Freshmen
Kansas vs Florida

Unfortunately for Florida, Kasey Hill has missed the last four games with an ankle sprain and Chris Walker, the No. 12 incoming freshman according to the ESPN 100, has yet to suit up while attempting to gain eligibility.

Andrew Wiggins, who was No. 1 overall in the ESPN 100, tied his career high with 22 points in Kansas’ loss at Colorado. Wiggins broke out of a shooting slump in the loss to Colorado. While battling the flu at the Battle 4 Atlantis, Wiggins shot 36.7 percent from the field in three games.

Injuries have hurt Florida’s backcourt

Florida has been short-handed because of injuries and suspensions, especially in the backcourt.

Florida 3-Pointers Made

Florida is the only Division I school to make at least 300 3-pointers in each of the last two seasons, but so far this season, the Gators have been less aggressive from long range.

The injuries in the backcourt have limited their opportunities, but the Gators have been most effective in transition. Florida averages 124.1 points per 100 possessions in transition, tops in the SEC.

The Gators also rank first in the SEC in field goal percentage in transition (65.0 percent), but only 14.6 percent of their possessions are in transition, third-lowest in the conference.

Florida has been more dependent on free throws this season. The Gators are attempting eight more free throws per game with a corresponding drop in attempts from behind the arc.

Kansas dominating inside, struggling outside

Wiggins isn’t the Jayhawks’ only heralded freshman. Kansas had the No. 2 recruiting class according to ESPN Recruiting Nation, which included center Joel Embiid (No. 6).

Embiid has helped the Jayhawks in the paint this season. Kansas has dominated inside, averaging 42.3 points per game in the paint this season, third best in Division I.

Kansas Shooting This Season

However, the Jayhawks have had problems further away from the basket. Although they are fourth in Division I on two-point shots, they are well below average at the line and behind the arc.