NCAAB Kansas vs. Baylor Prediction, Preview

KANSAS @ BAYLOR | 1/12 | 4:00 PM EST

The Jayhawks managed to bounce back from their loss to Iowa State with a win over TCU in their last game. They will be going for their second win in a row and fourth win in their last five games when they face the Bears on Saturday afternoon. Kansas has played well offensively, averaging 79.1 points per game also play well on the defensive end, holding opponents to 69.7 points per game. They held TCU to 68 points in their last game and will need a similar effort to beat the Bears on Saturday. The team is shooting 47 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range. Dedric Lawson leads the team with 19.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Lagerald Vick is averaging 14.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, while Devon Dotson averages 10.9* points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

The Bears have played solid lately, winning three of their last four games. They will be going for their second win in a row and fourth win in their last five games when they face the Jayhawks on Saturday afternoon. Baylor has struggled offensively this season, averaging 71.4 points per game. The team is shooting 45 percent from the field and 29 percent from three-point range. Makai Mason leads the way with 15.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Tristan Clark is averaging 14.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while King McClure is averaging 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. The Bears are one of the best defensive teams in the country, holding opponents to 62.9 points per game, which is 24th best in the nation. They gave up 70 points to Iowa State in their last game and will need to play better to beat the Jayhawks.

Kansas has never lost three straight road games under coach Bill Self, who also has never dropped consecutive games to Baylor. The Bears are athletic and physical, and they used their sturdy defense to grind out a home upset of Iowa State in their last game. But Kansas withstood a resilient TCU squad to take a much-needed win in a performance that should carry over Saturday. Dedric Lawson had 31 points and 14 rebounds and he should be the difference against offense-challenged Baylor.

KANSAS -3.5

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