Kansas Jayhawks at Baylor Bears
NCAAB: Saturday, January 12, 2019, Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas, 4:00 PM ET
The Big12 rivals will face at the Ferrell Center on Saturday as the Kansas Jayhawks are taking on Baylor Bears looking to return to the winning ways after suffering their first conference defeat to Iowa State, while the hosts are hoping to get the second conference win after defeating the Iowa State Cyclones. Kansas has been dominant in H2H tilts in recent years as they won even 11 out of the previous 12 meetings but Baylor was better in the latest duel back in February 2018.
The Jayhawks responded to a loss to Iowa State with a victory over TCU
Kansas opened the conference play with a home win over the Oklahoma Sooners but they suffered a road defeat to the Iowa State Cyclones before defeating the TCU Horned Frogs to get the second conference win in three games. The Jayhawks improved to the 13-2 record and are in the 2nd position in the Big 12 Conference with a win behind the leaders Texas Tech Red Raiders and four ahead of the Baylor Bears.
Junior forward Dedric Lawson led the Jayhawks in a 77-68 win over the Horned Frogs with a double-double of 31 points (10-19 FG, 2-4 3PT, 9-13 FT) and game-high 14 rebounds, along with game-high three steals, while Lagerald Vick added 12 points, four boards, and game-high four assists. Kansas created an 9-point lead at halftime and managed to maintain that lead in the second half to get a victory despite shooting just 23.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Jayhawks made 20 free throws in opposite to TCU’s nine and committed eight fewer turnovers than the visitors (12-20).
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) January 10, 2019
The Jayhawks have the 71st offense in the NCAAB that averages 79.1 points per contest, while their defense allows 69.7 points per game (136th). Kansas’ rebounding is 48th as they are recording 39.4 boards per game, while they are 109th when it comes to assists per contest with 14.8 dishes a night. Kansas is 64th in field goal percentage as they have 47.5 percent from the floor and 220th from downtown with 33.3 percentage, while they are the 270th with 6.7 three-pointers made per game.
The Bears secured their first conference win after beating the Cyclones in a tight duel
Baylor was on a two-game winning run and even though they opened the conference play with a road defeat to the TCU Horned Frogs on the road, they responded in the following clash with the Iowa State Cyclones at home. The Bears improved to the 9-5 record and they are currently sitting in the 8th place in the Big 12 Conference with five wins behind leaders Texas Tech and two ahead of the bottom-placed Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Senior guard Makai Mason led the Bears in a 73-70 win over the Cyclones with 25 points (8-15 FG, 4-9 3PT, 5-6 FT); Tristan Clark contributed with 16 points, four rebounds, and a couple of steals, while Devonte Bandoo chipped in with 13 points off the bench. Baylor had an 8-point lead at halftime and they nearly dropped the win in the final second of the game but Mason’s calm hands and five free throws in the last 38 seconds secured a tight W for the hosts. The Bears hit ten more shots from the foul line (17-7) and were better below the rims, recording 33 boards in opposite to Iowa State’s 26.
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— Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB) January 9, 2019
The Bears have the 245th offense in the NCAAB that averages 71.4 points per contest, while their defense is allowing 62.9 points per game (24th). Baylor is the 97th rebounding team in college basketball as they are recording 37.8 boards per game, while they are 193rd when it comes to assists per contest with 13.5 dishes a night. Baylor is 168th in field goal percentage as they have 45.1 percent from the floor and 333rd from downtown with 29.2 percentage, while they are the 290th with 6.4 three-pointers made per game.
- 3-7 ATS in their last ten games following a ATS win
- 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win
- 23-22-1 ATS in the last 46 games as a favorite
- 13-11-1 ATS in the last 25 games as away favorite
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Kansas won 11 out of the previous 12 H2H encounters but Baylor won the latest clash, while the Jayhawks were victorious in four out of the past five meetings at the Ferrell Center. Baylor is 8-2 at home and Kansas is still searching for their first road victory and even though they are facing a top 30 defense in the country, I am going with the Jayhawks to get one here as the tradition is on their side. Iowa State managed to score 70 the other night and the visitors should be close to victory if they score 70+, which I believe they will.
Prediction: Kansas Jayhawks -3.5 (-110)
Full-Game Total Pick
The Bears have been rather efficient in their previous three games, averaging nearly 80 points per contest, while Kansas failed to score more than 70 points in just one of their last seven games, and even though the teams have strong defenses, I am going with over in this one. The Jayhawks were pretty toothless in their latest road game, scoring only 60 in a loss to Iowa State but I don’t think the inefficiency will be an issue here, and that’s why I am backing over.
Prediction: Over 137.5 (-110)