Kansas vs. Baylor Prediction, Game Preview

    Kansas vs. Baylor prediction and game preview. The Jayhawks try to sweep the season series when they visit the Bears in a Big 12 showdown Saturday.

    February 17, 2017

    Kansas vs. Baylor prediction and game preview. The Jayhawks try to sweep the season series when they visit the Bears in a Big 12 showdown Saturday.

    Kansas vs. Baylor Game Preview

    When: Saturday, Feb. 18 – 1 p.m. ET
    Where: Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas.
    TV Broadcast: CBS

    Baylor was rolling with a 20-1 record when it went into Lawrence on Feb. 1, when Kansas dealt the Bears a 73-68 defeat. That loss started a 2-3 stretch during which they lost to Kansas State at Texas Tech, which knocked off the Bears 84-78 on Monday. The mini-slump has exposed Baylor as an inconsistent team that hasn’t regularly been able to put together two solid halves.

    Johnathan Motely struggled against the Red Raiders, and he’ll need a bounce-back effort if Baylor plans to avoid losing a 10th straight meeting with the Jayhawks, who have won their last three trips to Waco.

    And Kansas won’t fret if it falls behind early or is involved in a tight battle. The Jayhawks’ last six games have been decided by six points or fewer, a stretch during which they’ve gone 5-1. Some fans who attended Monday’s game at Allen Fieldhouse weren’t able to witness Kansas’ latest exciting effort as they left with West Virginia leading by 14 with less than three minutes remaining.

    Frank Mason III scored 24 points – including 16 of 18 from the free throw line – and Devonte’ Graham added 18 to help the Jayhawks earn a stunning 84-80 overtime victory. Baylor shouldn’t get too comfortable no matter the score.

    Kansas Wins If …

    … Mason continues getting to the line. His aggressiveness led to the high free throw total against the Mountaineers, something that also helped him go 12 of 12 from the charity stripe in the first meeting with Baylor. Mason is shooting 88.2 percent from the line while attempting at least 12 free throws in three of his last five games. Those a free points Baylor won’t want to give away.

    Baylor Wins If …

    … it plays 40 solid minutes. The Bears led the first meeting by six points at halftime, then were outscored by 11 in the second half. They then trailed Kansas State by 15 at the half before storming back and losing by two. Baylor was outscored by 10 in the second half against Texas Tech. There’s a trend that needs to stop.

    Matchup To Watch

    Baylor’s zone defense vs. Josh Jackson

    Jackson lit up that zone for 23 points while shooting 8 of 13 from the field in the first matchup. He did most of his damage from the middle with Baylor’s wings based more on the perimeter. The Bears will have to stop Jackson from attacking the zone from within.

    Betting Odds

    Spread: Baylor -2.5
    Over/Under: No line as of post

    Kansas vs. Baylor Prediction

    The Jayahwks blitz the Bears in the second half and take the crowd out of it on their way to a victory in this Big 12 showdown.

    Kansas vs. Baylor final score prediction: Kansas 83, Baylor 76

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