Expect a low-scoring game when the third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (23-3, 12-1 Big 12) go head-to-head against the top-ranked Baylor Bears (24-1, 13-0 Big 12) at Ferrell Center. The game starts at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, 2020, and will air on ESPN.
Kansas Jayhawks at Baylor Bears Betting Odds
Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Bears beat the Oklahoma Sooners 65-54, while the Jayhawks had no trouble getting past the Iowa State Cyclones 91-71.
Kansas dominated every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.183 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 41.4 (above their season average of 31.6). Iowa State recorded marks of 0.095 and 28.9, respectively, for those same stats. Meanwhile, Baylor played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.9 (better than their season average of 15.3) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 28.9 (below their season average of 36.8). For those same stats, Oklahoma put up marks of 17.0 and 23.5, respectively. Jared Butler played well for Baylor with 22 points and five rebounds. Kansas, meanwhile, was led by Devon Dotson, who had 29 points.
In their first matchup this season, Butler led the Bears to a 67-55 victory. He scored a game-high 22 points. Baylor had a much better turnover percentage (7.3 vs. 19.7). Kansas, on the other hand, did a great job of making free throws (11-14; 78.6 percent).
Points could be at a premium in this contest between a pair of the nation’s best defenses. Baylor currently ranks third in defensive efficiency (87.8) and Kansas is fifth (88.5).
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Baylor Bears ATS Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Baylor, ATS Winner – Kansas, O/U – Over
- Baylor ranks 57th in three pointers allowed per game (19.3) while Kansas ranks 243rd (24.5).
- The Bears rank 46th in assists allowed per game (10.9) while the Jayhawks rank 87th (11.7).
- Kansas ranks 44th in rebounds per game (38.7) while Baylor ranks 71st in rebounds allowed per game (33.0).
- The Jayhawks average 5.0 blocks per game, which ranks 18th in the country. The Bears rank 172nd in blocks allowed per game (4.9).
- Baylor averages 7.9 steals per game, which ranks 44th in the nation. Kansas ranks 130th in steals allowed per game (6.5).
- During their last five games, the Jayhawks have scored an average of 73.0 points per game (2.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 58.8 points per game (1.9 below their season average).
- The Bears’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.6, down from 13.0 for the season.