After getting their doors blown off against Iowa State, the Kansas Jayhawks rebounded well with an impressive win over TCU. Even though it was an encouraging sign for the prestigious program, the team has another challenging road test this weekend.
The Baylor Bears already started their week with an upset, defeating the Cyclones in the final minutes of the second half. Another victory over a ranked opponent in the Big 12 would really help their seeding for the conference tournament.
Baylor will need a strong performance from Makai Mason, who scored 25 points against Iowa State. His leadership and unlimited range should pose a major threat to Kansas.
Regardless of the talent gap between the two sides, fans should expect a close game as three of the last four meetings in Waco have been decided by six points or less.
It’ll also be interesting to see how the Jayhawks adjust their lineup for this showdown, as the absence of Udoka Azubuike creates a massive hole in the frontcourt.
Kansas did receive an immediate boost off the bench in the form of Ochai Agbaji, who finished with seven points and four rebounds in his collegiate debut.
Nonetheless, most of the pressure falls on the shoulders of Dedric Lawson. The superstar forward had his best game of the season on Wednesday, registering 31 points and 14 rebounds against the Horned Frogs.
Udoka Azubuike's absence means more touches and more production for Dedric Lawson. Has already had four games with at least 25 points and 10 rebounds. Will be a first-team AA.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 10, 2019
Lawson is the only player in the conference to average a double-double, and his recent increase in usage should only elevate his production for the Jayhawks.
Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. ET from the Ferrell Center.
The game will be on ESPN with Rich Hollenberg and Fran Fraschilla on the call.