Baylor (17-5) at Kansas (18-5)
Game Info: Saturday, February 10th, 2024 at 6 p.m. EST (Allen Fieldhouse)
Betting Odds: Kansas -7.5 (-115) - Over/Under (148.5)
Pick: Kansas -7.5 (-115)
Saturday night takes us to one of the most historic venues in all of college basketball for a top 10 matchup between two of the best teams in the country. As the Baylor Bears will head to Lawrence to play the Kansas Jayhawks in this huge Big 12 conference matchup that could have plenty of implications on the regular season championship. This is also a game that could have major implications on the number one seed line in the NCAA tournament with March Madness less than two months away. This will be one of the best games of the night in an action packed day full of college basketball here on Saturday.
Baylor is having a tremendous season however, they have struggled on the road this year in only four true road games. That could factor heavily into the outcome of this game on Saturday night as they have yet to be tested on the road against a top 10 team in the country like they will be here on Saturday night against Kansas. They will also be stepping into one of the most historic venues in the sport, and a venue that is known for its home advantage as well. Baylor will need to find a way to overcome a tough Kansas team that has yet to lose at home this season if they want to pick up a huge résumé building block with only about a month and a half left until the conference tournament starts.
If they have a strong finish to the regular season, they could find themselves as a top two seed in the NCAA tournament but they will have to be perfect from here on out to accomplish that goal. Baylor comes into this game with 17 victories through their first first 22 games of the regular season and they are currently ranked 13th in the country. Will look to further establish themselves as a top 10 team in the country with a convincing victory here on Saturday night against Kansas. This game will likely go a long way, determining seating for the Big 12 conference tournament as these two teams are nearly inseparable in the conference standings.
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The Kansas Jayhawks coming to this game in the middle of a tremendous season however, they are coming off of a loss to their rival in their previous game. They will look to get things going in the right direction once again with a quality performance here at home against Baylor on Saturday night. As they look to reestablish themselves as a legitimate number one seed in the country this season and for that to happen they will need to add to their résumé with a victory here in this one. Kansas has yet to lose a game at home this season as they have one of the best home advantages in all of college basketball and they will need to flex that advantage throughout this game.
They come into this game with 18 victories through their first 23 games of the regular season and they will look for their 19th win of the year here in this one against a tough Baylor Bears team. At the moment Kansas is ranked just inside the top five of the country at number four but they will likely fall a little bit after the loss to Kansas State earlier this week. However, they have an opportunity to limit the damage if they can pull out a victory in this game on Saturday night at home against Baylor. This will be the first of two meetings between these two teams throughout the regular season, and Kansas will look to set the tempo in the series with a victory here in this one at home.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Kansas is 12-0 at home this season
- Kansas is 5-2 against ranked opponents
- Baylor is 2-2 on the road this season
I expect this to be a close, and competitive contest throughout the majority of the game on Saturday night. But in the end I do look for the Kansas Jayhawks to put this one away against the Baylor Bears, and pick up the victory at home. Not only do I look for Kansas to pick up the win in this game, but I also look for them to cover the spread in the process as I look for the Jayhawks to grab an eight point victory against Baylor here in this one. In the end I look for Kansas to pull away late after a couple of late game fouls by Baylor to try and extend the game. As I look for Kansas to knock their free throws down to put this one away and grab a huge résumé building in the process.
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