Wednesday night in CBB we will see the 10th ranked Kansas Jayhawks travel to Waco, Texas to take on the 6th ranked Baylor Bears as a part of . The game is scheduled for a 7:00 pm tipoff and will be televised live on ESPN2. Currently Baylor is favored by 2 points with the total being set at 143 for this game. The Ferrell Center is the venue for a top-10 showdown for the second time in less than a month, as the sixth-ranked Baylor Bears play host to the 10th ranked Kansas Jayhawks in a crucial Big 12 battle this evening in Waco.
Free Analysis: Bill Self's Jayhawks have proved to be unbeatable at home this season thus far (12-0), but the road has been a different story, as Kansas is 6-5 when not at the Allen Fieldhouse. The team has dropped two of its last three games, with setbacks at Iowa State (72-64) and most recently, at Missouri (74-71). Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor did what they do best, but a combined 46 points between them still wasn't enough in a three-point setback to Missouri in Columbia this past weekend.Stopping this duo will be key as three weeks ago the pair combined for 55 points as then seventh-ranked Kansas won by 18 points to end Baylor's perfect start. Robinson's name is certainly on everyone's short list when it comes to potential National Player of the Year nominees. The 6-10 junior power forward is converting nearly 55 percent of his shots this year, leading the Jayhawks in scoring (18.0 ppg) and the Big 12 in rebounding (12.0 rpg). Taylor is both a prolific scorer (16.9 ppg) and deft distributor (5.2 apg) and can really extend defenses, preventing them from collapsing down on Robinson, as he is shooting a healthy .440 from behind the arc (37-of-84). Travis Releford (9.6 ppg), Johnson (9.2 ppg) and Jeff Withey (8.1 ppg) round out the starting five. Kansas has played very well at both ends of the floor as they have averaged 75.4 ppg (39th) on 48.6% shooting (14th), while permitting teams to score just 61.3 ppg (45th) on just 38.3% shooting (11th), which has led to a +14.1 scoring margin. Scott Drew's Bears are 11-1 at home, with the lone loss at the Ferrell Center coming on January 21st to then fifth-ranked Missouri (89-88). Since then, Baylor has won four straight games, including last weekend's 64-60 victory at Oklahoma State. The Bears are similar in their offensive approach, as they can score both inside and out as well. Baylor may have a bit more depth however, with a strong frontcourt trio, as well as a balanced backcourt. Forward Perry Jones III leads the team in scoring (14.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg), converting just over 55 percent from the floor. Fellow forwards Quincy Acy (12.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Quincy Miller (12.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg) add depth up front. Point guard Pierre Jackson (12.7 ppg, 5.9 apg) is charged with running the offense and has the ability to both distribute and find his own shot. Fellow guard Brady Heslip (9.6 ppg) gives the team a second long range threat, as he and Jackson has combined for 101 of the team's 166 three-pointers to date. offensively overall the Bears are 31st in scoring (76.8 ppg) and 77th in points allowed 63.1 ppg. These two teams are tied for second place in the Big 12 standings at 8-2, just a half game behind league-leading Missouri (9-2). This marks the 20th all-time meeting in a series that has been dominated by Kansas, 17-2. The Jayhawks have won each of the last three meetings and are seeking the regular season sweep after posting an impressive 92-74 rout over Baylor in Lawrence back on January 16th.
Free Pick: The side here is real iffy, as we note that Kansas has won 17 of the 19 meetings between these teams, including a 92-74 win earlier in the year, but then we have a Baylor team that is strong on their home court, has better depth and is looking for revenge. So all that means is that i will look to the total in this one. The Over looks real enticing, especially after these teams combined for 166 in the last game, but I believe adjustments will be made and these two very good defensive teams will shine at that end of the floor. Kansas has allowed teams to score just 61.3 ppg (45th) on just 38.3% shooting (11th), while Baylor comes in allowing just 63.1 ppg (77th) on 39.6% shooting, including just 61 ppg on 38.8% shooting on the road, while at home they have allowed just 61 ppg on 36.4% shooting. Baylor's Big 12 games have averaged 144.4 ppg, but Kansas' conference games have averaged 137.7 ppg. Both teams can score and both teams may look to run, but this is also a very very big game and i expect the pace to really drop off in the last 10 minutes of the game as both teams work the clock and look for the perfect shot. This one should finish around 138.
Free Picks: Kansas at Baylor Bettinghttp://PregameVideos.com - Big revenge game for Baylor and Kansas has beating Baylor 11 of last 12 meetings plus other factors college basketball bettors need to know about Kansas at Baylor (Wednesday, February 8, 2012) from Pregame.com - Including predictions from Marco D'Angelo and analysis from Bryan Leonard.