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The crew gets together to tell you what is going to happen in tomorrow’s game.
The Kansas Jayhawks are in Waco, TX for the game of the year. The Baylor Bears are the #1 team in the polls, while Kansas is the #1 team in the advanced metrics. Who will win the battle of the 1 seeds?
Take a look at what our staff thinks, and then leave your own prediction in the comments below.
Fizzle406: I am feeling positive about this game. Yes Baylor is the #1 team in the country. Yes they deserve it. Yes they have a good coach. Yes they will be at home with GameDay in attendance. But we will have a healthy Dotson which we didn’t have last time and they don’t have the most dominant big man in the country. I’m going with Kansas in a close one. Kansas 65, Baylor 62
dnoll5: This game would matter to me a lot more if the streak were still in place, but since it isn’t, I’m much more stress free. The conference title is on the line and all, but I sense that this KU team (and maybe Baylor too) has bigger fish to fry. As mentioned above, Dotson is healthy, and I think Kansas is the best team in the country when all are healthy. KU wins a close one in an absurdly early Game Day special. Kansas 66, Baylor 65.
Kyle_Davis21: KU is looking like a better and healthier team than it was when these two teams faced a month and a half ago. I’m not sure if that’s the case for Baylor. That’s also a testament to the Bears’ consistency, but MaCio Teague has been out with a wrist injury (even if he plays, will he be 100%?) while Dotson should be in better form this time around. I’m going to agree with Fizzle and dnoll and go with KU eeking out a nail-biter in Waco. Kansas 64, Baylor 62
Mike.Plank: These guys have nailed it so far. As far as we know, KU should have a healthy Dotson and a healthy Garrett (whose ankles were an issue if I recall last game). Bill Self thrives in games like this – it’s not often Kansas gets to play a team ranked higher than they are, especially a team ranked #1. I can’t wait to see what a healthy, focused Jayhawk squad looks like. Assuming Azubuike can stay out of foul trouble, I’m guessing it will be a frustrating day for Baylor. Kansas 72, Baylor 64.
Brendan: KU is playing phenomenally, is fully healthy and has had a long rest this week to get ready. I don’t know if we’ll get another career shooting night from someone, but a decent output from three and keeping Azubuike out of foul trouble will be and will probably be what propels the Jayhawks to a win. I like Self to find a way to outplan Scott Drew in this one, Marcus Garrett to put the clamps on everyone near him and for KU to win. Kansas 66, Baylor 63
David: I think Baylor is running the table in the Big 12. It’s just that kind of a season. Unless KU shoots the lights out from three, I see them struggling to score, something Baylor didn’t have much trouble doing in Allen Fieldhouse. Baylor 74, Kansas 63
Andy Mitts: I already gave my prediction on the podcast and the radio, but I’ll repeat it here. I realize that both of these teams are fantastic defensively. But we’ve already seen great defensive performances in high-scoring affairs from both of these teams. I think both teams try to get out in transition early to avoid letting the defense get set, leading to a fast-paced, high scoring affair. Now that Kansas is taking more threes, I expect them to be able to outpace Baylor, putting to bed the idea that these aren’t great offenses. Kansas 82, Baylor 80.