Early aggressiveness may be the key to victory Tuesday night in the Champions Classic at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, where Kansas seeks a more consistent effort versus a Michigan State squad trying to regroup from a loss largely due to a slow start.
The seventh-ranked Jayhawks opened their season with a workmanlike 74-55 home win over Southeast Missouri State on Friday. Senior center Jeff Withey had 17 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots for Kansas, which didn't pull away until midway through the second half and shot 2 of 21 from 3-point range for the game.
While coach Bill Self was pleased with Withey's effort, he noted the Spartans' frontcourt will undoubtedly make things tougher for the 7-footer with their trademark physical interior play.
"This is going to be a process and Michigan State is not going to let you get to three feet (from the basket)," Self said. "You're going to have to do something to get to three feet and based on what I ...