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--