The No. 4 Baylor Bears (12-1, 2-0 Big 12) put their 11-game winning streak on the line when they go head-to-head against the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (12-2, 2-0 Big 12) at Allen Fieldhouse. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
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In the Bears’ last game, they defeated the No. 22 Texas Tech Red Raiders, 57-52. With eight points and 13 rebounds, Baylor’s Mark Vital had a good game. Baylor dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 53.1 (above their season average of 37.3) and a free throw rate of 0.176 (below their season average of 0.222). Texas Tech recorded marks of 27.0 and 0.093, respectively, for those same stats.
The Jayhawks come in on a high note after blowing out the Iowa State Cyclones in their last outing, 79-53. With 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting, Devon Dotson was the game’s leading scorer. Kansas dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.241 (above their season average of 0.232) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.611 (above their season average of 0.569). For those same stats, Iowa State was 0.086 and 0.414, respectively.
The game should be a showdown of strength against strength as the prolific offense of Kansas (22nd in the country with an offensive efficiency of 112.5) takes on the stingy defense of Baylor (ninth in the nation with a defensive efficiency of 85.2).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Jayhawks won both meetings last season. In the most recent game, Kansas won 78-70. The Jayhawks dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.339 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.492. For those same stats, the Bears put up marks of 0.239 and 0.403, respectively.
Baylor Bears vs. Kansas Jayhawks Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Kansas, ATS Winner – Baylor, O/U – Over
The Jayhawks rank 30th in assists per game (16.2) while the Bears rank 98th (14.0).
Baylor ranks 47th in rebounds per game (39.3) while Kansas ranks 72nd (38.4).
Baylor ranks 46th in three pointers allowed per game (18.9) while Kansas ranks 253rd (27.4).
The Jayhawks rank 23rd in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while the Bears rank 149th (4.9).
Baylor averages 8.5 steals per game, which ranks 36th in the country. Kansas ranks 135th in steals allowed per game (7.1).
The Jayhawks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 17.8, down from 18.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 68.6 points per game (5.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 53.6 points per game (4.8 below their season average).