Game 16: No. 7 Kansas at Baylor – Preview and Prediction

The No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks hit the road on Saturday afternoon for a contest against the Baylor Bears. The Jayhawks are coming off a 77-68 victory against TCU on Wednesday night. In that contest, KU saw the emergence of true freshman Ochai Agbaji, who had been redshirting previously. Dedric Lawson was his normal self, as he poured in a season-high 31 points and pulled down 14 boards. KU will continue to need that out of him with Udoka Azubuike sidelined for the rest of the season.

Game Info and Notes:

  • Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at 3:00 PM CDT
  • Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas
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  • Kansas leads the overall series with Baylor, 30-5, including a 12-3 record in Waco with all 15 meetings in the Ferrell Center. Baylor won the last meeting, 80-64, in the Ferrell Center on Feb. 10, 2018
  • Since 2015, three of the last four meetings in Waco have been decided by six points or less.
  • Kansas has had six different players lead the team in scoring in six of the last seven games. Those have been Quentin Grimes, Devon Dotson, Udoka Azubuike, Dedric Lawson, Charlie Moore and Lagerald Vick.
  • Kansas is the only team in the Big 12 with two players ranked in the top eight in the league in scoring. RS-junior F Dedric Lawson is second in scoring at 19.5 ppg, while senior G Lagerald Vick is eighth at 14.6 ppg.
  • Vick is six points from hitting the 1,000-point plateau for his career. He is looking to become the 61st player in KU history and the 16th in the Bill Self era (since 2003-04) to hit the 1K scoring mark.
  • On Jan. 6, Kansas head coach Bill Self announced that junior C Udoka Azubuike will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season due to an injured right wrist. Azubuike had successful surgery on the wrist Jan. 9.
  • With its win against TCU (1/9), Kansas is 87-11 following a loss in the Bill Self era. Since 2013-14, the Jayhawks are 37-3 following a loss. When the game following a loss is in Allen Fieldhouse, KU is 48-3 in the Self era.
About the Bears

This is not the strongest version of the Baylor Bears that we’ve seen this season, but they have shown they are capable of beating quality competition. Baylor owns wins over Oregon, Iowa State and Arizona. They’re also capable of losing to anyone, as they’ve lost to Texas Southern and Stephen F. Austin.

Bears to Watch

Mekai Mason – Senior, Guard, 6’1″
The senior transfer from Yale has stepped right in and become a leader on this team. Oddly enough, Mason led Yale to a win over Baylor in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This season, he leads the Bears in scoring at 15.1 PPG. Last time out in a win over No. 20 Iowa State, Mason poured in a season-high 25 points.

Tristan Clark – Sophomore, Forward, 6’9″
Clark has taken the step forward for Scott Drew’s club this season. His scoring is up to 14.6 PPG, which is an improvement of 7.8 PPG from a year before. Clark is Baylor’s second leading rebounder at 6.3 RPG. One would think him and Dedric Lawson will face off against each other quite a bit on Saturday afternoon.

Prediction

Kansas 75 – Baylor 64

While there are some things I’d like to see Kansas do better (i.e. shoot better), this is a game I can’t see the Jayhawks losing… not to this Baylor team and certainly not to Scott Drew. Give me the Jayhawks to win comfortably. They’re more talented and better coached. If they lose to this Baylor team, then we’ll know KU has serious issues.

Bobby Norell

My name is Bobby Norell. I'm from a small town in northern Indiana. I recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Sport Communication. Even though my diploma says I'm a Hoosier, my love for the Jayhawks has never wavered. They'll always come No.1.