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Game Primer: How To Watch, Things To Know for Kansas at Baylor

Here's everything you need to know before tonight's Big Monday matchup between the Jayhawks and Bears in Waco.
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The Kansas Jayhawks are riding a two-game losing streak and looking to break it against a team that has struggled on the defensive end in the Baylor Bears. While Kansas is only one game back from the lead in the conference, the losses can quickly pile up, and so tonight will be important for both of these teams as they try to position themselves for a conference title and a good seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Baylor Bears are in their 20th season under head coach Scott Drew, who has a 411-227 record at the school, including the 2021 NCAA Tournament Championship.

Kansas comes into the game ranked #9 in both polls after their two-loss week dropped them significantly, while Baylor is 17th in both polls, up 4 spots in the AP Poll and 5 spots in the Coaches Poll.

Kansas leads the all-time series 35-8, including a 14-5 record in the Ferrell Center. Since an 11 game Kansas winning streak from the beginning of the 2014 season to the first matchup in 2018, Baylor has won four of the last nine meetings, including the last two in Waco.

Here are the essentials:

How to Watch

Monday, January 23rd, 8:00 p.m. CST

Waco, TX: Ferrell Center (10,284)


- Jon Sciambi (Play-by-Play), Jay Bilas (Analyst), Kris Budden (Reporter)

Radio: Jayhawk Radio Network

Webcast: KU Athletics Radio

- Brian Hanni (Play-by-Play), Greg Gurley (Analyst)

Online Streaming: fuboTV (Start your free trial)

The Numbers

#9 Kansas: 16-3 (5-2 Big 12), KenPom: 9th overall, 21st offense, 19th defense

#17 Baylor: 14-5 (4-3 Big 12), KenPom: 14th overall, 2nd offense, 93rd defense)

Line: BAY -2.0

O/U: 149.0

Odds via SI Sportsbook

Game Coverage

Baylor Preview

Game Predictions from the Blue Wings Rising staff

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Fun Facts

Tonight's matchup is the first of two guaranteed games between the previous two national champions, with Baylor winning the 2021 Tournament title and Kansas winning the 2022 Tournament Title.

Kansas is 76-21 all-time on Big Monday, but just 30-20 on the road. Under Bill Self, that is 57-15 overall and 22-15 on the road.

The Baylor Bears have never won two consecutive games against the Jayhawks. They won the last meeting in Waco at the end of last season.