The marquee matchup of Monday in school basketball is a top-10 showdown within the Large 12 as No. 9 Kansas heads to Waco, Texas, to tackle No. 2 Baylor. And each groups enter the competition with starkly totally different ranges of momentum.
For Baylor, one of many solely undefeated groups left within the sport, it’s coming off its twelfth consecutive win — however its first all season by a single-digit margin after defeating Texas Tech on the street over the weekend. For Kansas, it’s preventing for its life within the convention title race after falling on the street to Oklahoma State — its second convention loss — this previous week. Another L would give KU its worst-ever begin to a league slate via seven video games since Invoice Self’s arrival in Lawrence.
Whichever crew emerges from the mud ought to give us some actual readability on what to anticipate within the Large 12, so buckle in and put together your self for the late 9 p.m. ET tip.
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- When: Monday, 9 p.m. ET
- The place: Ferrell Heart in Waco, Texas
- TV: ESPN | Stay stream: fuboTV (Strive at no cost)
Kansas: It hasn’t been a super begin to Large 12 play for Kansas, however that should not low cost how good this crew has been, a minimum of in spurts. KU is 4-2 this season in video games towards ranked opponents, and 3-0 in video games determined by a single possession. Let’s not overlook KU’s dominance on this sequence, both: It has received 14 of its final 16 outings towards Baylor and holds a 14-3 edge over the Bears in Waco.
Baylor: Regardless of solely successful by eight over Texas Tech this weekend, Baylor nonetheless boasts the nation’s greatest scoring margin — at 26.2 factors — and has to date been as devastating — and arguably moreso — than No. 1 Gonzaga. This can be a probability to show on a giant stage in a giant convention sport that it’s certainly a pressure. A loss will not disqualify the Bears from being thought-about that by any stretch, however on two days relaxation, a win on this spot would additional cement them as one of the best crew within the convention — and maybe in a spot the place they have to be thought-about in the identical tier as Gonzaga.
Sport prediction, choose
With a win tonight over Kansas, Baylor may tie for the fourth-longest successful streak in program historical past whereas solidifying itself because the convention frontrunner, all whereas concurrently bumping KU to a spot the place it might not have the ability to get better within the Large 12. That is purpose sufficient to imagine that the Bears — on their dwelling ground — will come out with some severe spunk to indicate their items. And it is partly why I am laying the factors with Baylor. The opposite purpose is as a result of Baylor, primarily based off each end result thus far within the season, has been a decidedly higher and extra balanced crew. Maybe KU places up a struggle and Self schemes up one thing particular, however I do not assume he is received the horses to run with Baylor on this one. Prediction: Baylor 81, Kansas 71
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