The activity of the yr therefore significantly in the brutal Large 12 gauntlet — and most likely the most significant activity in the country to date — will be performed Saturday afternoon when No. 1 Baylor delivers its league-file 23-activity profitable streak as it hosts No. three Kansas in Waco, Texas.
With the Jayhawks using an eleven-activity profitable streak of their personal, one thing has to give. Or be taken.
A win for the Bears (24-1, 13-) would allow for them a two-activity lead about Kansas in the conference standings with 4 video games to engage in and their initial normal-time sweep of the Jayhawks.
A Kansas victory would even up issues atop the grid, return the Jayhawks (23-three, 12-1) to their common perch and give the group some momentum for the stretch operate.
The winner also could have the inside observe for the in general No. 1 seed when the NCAA Tournament is uncovered on Selection Sunday up coming month.
“(The) stress is on us for us to go down there and perform nicely,” Kansas mentor Invoice Self informed reporters. “It will be the finest on-paper faculty basketball activity of the yr. (It truly is) a No. 1 vs . No. three matchup late in the time. It does not indicate that it will be the finest activity, but certainly likely into it, there won’t be any superior-hunting activity.”
Baylor is coming off a sixty five-fifty four win at Oklahoma on Tuesday. Jared Butler canned five three-tips and scored a activity-high 22 factors for the Bears whilst Mark Essential added 10 factors and Freddie Gillespie grabbed 10 rebounds in the win.
“You really don’t have a whole lot of prospects to make history, and that is what we experienced (in opposition to Oklahoma),” explained Baylor mentor Scott Drew, whose group broke the past Large 12 file for longest profitable streak established by the 1996-ninety seven Kansas group.
“I didn’t even know about the streak, but you hardly ever assumed one thing like that would be broken with the Large 12, the way it’s been the past how many yrs,” Drew added. “All people is fantastic and everybody beats everybody.”
Baylor performed with no their top scorer, MaCio Teague, who missed his 2nd straight activity with a wrist injuries. Teague’s availability for Kansas will be a activity-time conclusion.
“Coach Drew did a fantastic task generating sure we had been locked in on this activity,” Butler explained. “And then, this activity was critical for the reason that it’s the longest win streak (in Large 12 history). I believe that was a significant thing for us and for Baylor and for just the lifestyle and all the difficult operate we’ve place in. That’s why had been capable to lock in on this activity.”
Devon Dotson poured in 29 factors on eleven-of-fourteen taking pictures in the victory whilst Ochai Agbaji added fourteen factors, Christian Braun and Udoka Azubuike every single scored 13, and David McCormack tallied 10 for the Jayhawks.” details-reactid=”22″>Kansas travels to central Texas on the heels of a ninety one-seventy one win at residence about Iowa State on Monday. Devon Dotson poured in 29 factors on eleven-of-fourteen taking pictures in the victory whilst Ochai Agbaji added fourteen factors, Christian Braun and Udoka Azubuike every single scored 13, and David McCormack tallied 10 for the Jayhawks.
Braun, a freshman guard, has discovered his taking pictures stroke of late, incorporating yet another weapon to the Jayhawks’ formidable arsenal.
“Yeah for sure it was fantastic to see the shot likely down,” explained Braun, who strike 5 of 6 subject aims. “It is a confidence thing likely forward. We desired to get some momentum likely into Baylor anyway, so it is a fantastic start out.”
Baylor defeat the Jayhawks 67-55 on Jan. eleven, its initial win in vaunted Allen Fieldhouse. The Bears’ victory also snapped Kansas’ 28-activity residence-court docket profitable streak and Baylor held the Jayhawks to their fewest factors in a residence activity in 20 yrs.
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