Match of the Week: #8 Kansas vs. #5 Texas
As conference play kicks off this week, the Texas Longhorns will host the Kansas Jayhawks this Saturday in the Gregory Gymnasium. Both teams suffered losses last week; Texas to #3 Wisconsin and Kansas to #10 Purdue. Both teams look to bounce back with a strong win in conference play this weekend. You can see how each team compares stastistically below:
Each team is given a weighted score based on how well they do in each skill throughout the season. Kansas' and Texas' ratings are closely similar in each fundamental. Both teams have low serving ratings, but they make up for it with thier passing, attacking, blocking, and digging, each higher than the league average. Our prediction model forecasts a close match with Kansas edging out Texas by a mere .30% chance of winning, making this a must watch for the weekend. These two teams finished top 2 in the Big-12 last year, and both made it to the Final 4 of the NCAA Tournament. This match could be a possible preview of things to come in Big 12 and NCAA Volleyball this year.