8:30 p.m ESPN – No. 3 Kansas puts an undefeated record on the line in Waco against Baylor. The Bears lost at Iowa State 72-57 over the weekend.KANSAS: The Jayhawks once again had a close call at home, and once again pulled out a victory. They held off Nebraska 63-60 at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. The Huskers provide a defensive challenge every time with their pace. Baylor is more willing to run but also brings more athleticism. No one in the league is more athletic than KU, but LaceDarius Dunn and Quincy Acy can play good basketball in transition.
KU will also be challenged to contain a true big man in Percy Jones. If the game takes more of a halfcourt style, the Morris twins will need to team up to keep Jones off the boards.
BAYLOR: For the Bears, meanwhile, defending the big men and rebounding well is equally important. The tough thing about guarding the Morris twins is they have the ability to drift outside and make jump shots. Marcus in particular can shoot 3-pointers reasonably well, as many elite forwards today do.
Defense is so important, and Baylor showed an effort against Iowa State inconsistent with what we expect from them. They allowed too many good 3-point shots from Iowa State, and while Scott Christopherson is a high-percentage shooter, but so are Tyrel Reed, Josh Selby and Travis Releford.
It would be easy to assume Kansas will cruise against Baylor based on the Bears’ performance against I-State, but that was a road game and we’ve seen better from Baylor. I’ll take KU by about 8 or 10 points, but a Baylor win would be a great rebound and I don’t think it’s out of the question.