Jan 11, 2020 4:32 PM

Jayhawks and Bears set for top-five tilt Saturday

Posted Jan 11, 2020 4:32 PM
<b>Jayhawks'&nbsp;Devon Dotson.</b> Photo courtesy <a href="http://kuathletics.com">kuathletics.com</a>
Jayhawks' Devon Dotson. Photo courtesy kuathletics.com

LAWRENCE -– A top-five tilt is set for Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse when No. 3 Kansas (12-2, 2-0) hosts No. 4 Baylor (12-1, 2-0).

The Jayhawks and Bears will tip off at noon on CBS, with Brad Nessler (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analyst) set to call the action.

TIPOFF

Kansas leads the overall series with Baylor, 32-5, including a 17-0 mark in meetings in Lawrence, 16-0 in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas has won two-straight and 13 of the last 14 matchups against Baylor.

No. 4 Baylor is the highest-ranked team to come to Allen Fieldhouse since the 2016-17 season when No. 2 Baylor lost to KU 73-68, on Feb. 1, 2017.

KU has won nine-straight contests against AP top-five foes in Allen Fieldhouse, with eight of those under Bill Self.

Kansas is 14-2 (87.5%) against AP top-10 teams in Lawrence under Bill Self. The 87.5 winning percentage is the best in the NCAA since 2003-04.

KU has won 20 of its last 23 regular-season games against AP top-10 teams.

Kansas is the top-scoring team in the Big 12 at 79.4 points per game, while Baylor is first in the conference in scoring defense, allowing 58.4 ppg. KU is first in scoring margin at +18.4, while BU is second at +15.9.

KU is ranked No. 1 in the NET rankings through games of Jan. 8. The Jayhawks’ strength of schedule is also No. 1 nationally. Kansas is the only school with five Quadrant 1 wins. KU is 5-2 against Q1.

KU ranks second nationally with a 28-game homecourt winning streak. Gonzaga leads the nation at 32 and VCU is third at 21.

Kansas is No. 3 in the latest national polls. Kansas has been ranked in each of the last 210 Associated Press polls, the longest streak in the nation. The Jayhawks have also been inside the top-10 in 95 of the last 109 AP polls.

Kansas’ two losses in 2019-20 have been by a combined three points and both against ranked foes.

With its win over West Virginia on Jan. 4, KU won its conference opener for the 29th-consecutive season, a streak which started in 1991-92.

Through 13 games, five different Jayhawks – Devon Dotson, Isaiah Moss, Udoka Azubuike, Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack – have posted 20 or more points in a game this season.

THE KANSAS-BAYLOR SERIES

The Kansas-Baylor series dates back to 1951 with the Jayhawks leading 32-5. Kansas has won 13 of the last 14 in the series and holds an 18-3 advantage in the last 21 meetings. One of Baylor’s three wins in that stretch came Feb. 10, 2018, 80-64, in Waco. Kansas is 17-0 against Baylor in Lawrence, including a 16-0 record in the Allen Fieldhouse.

Since the inception of the Big 12, KU is 30-5 against Baylor -- 28-3 in regular-season play and 2-2 in the Big 12 Championship. Kansas head coach Bill Self is 24-5 all-time against Baylor, including a 24-4 mark while at Kansas. BU’s Scott Drew is 4-24 versus Kansas.

Expect a close game, as seven of the last eight meetings have been decided by eight points or less, with five of those by five points or fewer. Dating back to 2014, four of the last six meetings in Lawrence have been decided by 10 points or less.

UP NEXT

The Jayhawks will journey to Norman to meet the Oklahoma Sooners on Tuesday. Tipoff from Lloyd Noble Center is slated for 8 p.m. (CT).

--kuathletics.com--

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Chiefs' Reid: Kelce practiced, Jones held out
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Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid. Photo courtesy Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid fielded questions during a Friday presser. Following are his responses.

OPENING STATEMENT: “Alright, as far as the injuries go, the primary ones, (Travis) Kelce practiced. You could say partial practice, I’m not sure the exact term, but you’ll see it. He was out there practicing. He did a nice job on the plays he was in. Chris Jones tweaked his calf a little bit yesterday and we held him out today. He did not practice, so we’ll just see how he does. (Morris) Claiborne again was excused for personal reasons. Other than that, everybody went and had a good practice. We look forward to the challenge again of playing the Texans. We know they’re a heck of a football team and well coached, good players. Our guys have had a good week of practice and again, we look forward to that challenge. Especially in front of a home crowd here. With that, time is yours.”

Q: When did Chris Jones tweak his calf?

REID: “Yesterday.”

Q: What will he be ruled?

REID: “I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Q: What did the Texans do so well against you all in the second half of the last game?

REID: “They played well the whole game. They’re a good defense and we just came back and tried to study them a little bit better. Try to do a little better job coaching and try to do a little better job playing. With that combination, hopefully we do better and we’re more productive.”

Q: As far as Travis Kelce, what is that injury, was it tweaked in Wednesday’s practice?

REID: “Yes. That’s more of a bruise than anything there. That’s what it is.”

Q: When you say Chris Jones tweaked his calf, was that something that occurred in the natural flow of practice or was it an issue prior?

REID: “Yeah, he didn’t practice today. For the injury thing, you got what you need. Do you need to know the play? He tweaked it. He didn’t practice today. We’ll see how he does, and we’ll follow up with all you guys.”

Q: Is there anything extra you guys are doing to prepare weather wise?

REID: “Tomorrow could be a little messy getting in, but we’ve talked to the guys about it. Right now, no, but we’ll just see how it goes. I think Sunday is going to be fine, it’s just a matter of getting through tomorrow and the mess there.”

Q: What’s the message to your fans coming out on Sunday?

REID: “First of all, it should be a great environment. Two great football teams playing each other, and we love playing in front of our crowd because they’re loud and they get here early, and they are excited to welcome the other team in. I know they’re going to do a great job and we look forward to playing in front of them.”

Q: Have you gotten that cheeseburger yet?

REID: “I haven’t. That’s normally like a 4:30 cheeseburger. It’s a little early. Although, I wouldn’t be opposed to it.”

--CHIEFS--