We have a very exciting Big 12 matchup on Saturday afternoon between the Baylor Bears and the Kansas Jayhawks as they both look to end the regular season on a good note.
TV Schedule: March 9th, 2:00 PM ET. ESPN
Location: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas
The Kansas Jayhawks Big 12 regular season title streak is officially over at 14. It’s a division I record and one that won’t be broken for a very long time. It’s tough for them to end it this way but they still have a lot to play for the rest of the way as they are likely going to be a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament and they will look to make a deep run towards a Final Four.
The Baylor Bears have been a big surprise this season as they are locked into a fourth-place finish in the Big 12 despite dealing with a handful of injuries. They’re coming off a disappointing home loss against Oklahoma State though so they will be looking to pick up a big road win to end the season against Kansas.
The Jayhawks are 16-0 at home this season as they look to improve to 17-0 on Senior Day. They will not have a senior playing in this game though as LaGerald Vick will not return from his leave of absence for this game and it appears as if his time with the Jayhawks is coming to an end a bit early.
It’s been a disappointing season for Kansas but despite that, no team has been able to pick up a road win in Allen Fieldhouse. This team has been terrible on the road though as they finished the regular season with just a 3-8 record in road games. That doesn’t include their early season neutral court wins against Michigan State, Tennessee, and Marquette.
On a day that is typically special for the seniors it’s not going to be the same for Kansas so maybe Baylor can capitalize on that by winning in Allen Fieldhouse. Makai Mason finally broke out of his funk with 19 points against Oklahoma State on Wednesday but he didn’t have much help. Mario Kegler and Jared Butler who are two guys who have been playing very well and they combined to finish just 1-14 from the field. Expect those two to play much better on Saturday.
The first meeting between these teams took place in early January in what was a road win for Kansas, 73-68. Vick had a big game for Kansas in that one leading the way with 18 points on six three-pointers. His shooting has been something the Jayhawks have missed greatly. Kansas was in control throughout the game as they had an 18 point lead with three minutes remaining before they nearly blew it down the stretch.
For Baylor to compete in this game they need a good team effort. That’s what they’ve been getting in most of their games this season so I expect them to bounce back from the disappointing loss on Wednesday. Expect Dedric Lawson to have a big game in what possibly could be his final game inside Allen Fieldhouse. This will be a very competitive game but Kansas does just enough to come away with a close victory.