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How and what to watch for No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 17 Kansas

The Baylor Bears will try to win their 19th-consecutive game this season when they play the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday.

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Baylor Bears guard Davion Mitchell drives past Iowa State Cyclones guard Tyler Harris during the first half at Ferrell Center. Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 2-ranked Baylor Bears will put their 18-game winning streak on the line when they play the No. 17-ranked Kansas Jayhawks Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. The last time these two teams played each other on Jan. 18, Baylor won 77-69 over Kansas.

Baylor (18-0, 10-0 Big 12) are coming off of their first game in three weeks, when they escaped with a 77-72 win over the Iowa State Cyclones on Tuesday. Adam Flagler led the Bears with 22 points (7-15 FG, 4-10 3 pt) in 28 minutes off the bench. Baylor had three players score at least 10 points or more, including Jared Butler, who recorded 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 shooting from distance.

Kansas (17-8, 11-6 Big 12) was defeated 75-72 in overtime by the Texas Longhorns, snapping their five-game winning streak. The Jayhawks had four players in double-figures, but they struggled at the free-throw line. They only made 57.1 percent of their shots from the line (12-21), while Texas converted 77.4 percent of their 31 attempts. Kansas also lost the rebounding battle (50-38) to the Longhorns.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Baylor vs. Kansas on Saturday, February 27th at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Baylor -5
Point Total: 142
Money line: Baylor -225, Kansas +180

  • The Bears did not cover earlier this week, but they have been good against the spread with a record of 13-5 in their last 18 games. The point total has gone over in six out of Baylor’s last six contests.
  • Meanwhile, Bill Self’s crew is 5-0-1 against the spread in their last six games and 6-5 at Allen Fieldhouse this season. The point total has gone under in 12 out of Kansas’ last 16 games vs. Baylor.

The Best Bet

This is a game that not only has implications for the Big 12 tournament, but also seeding for the NCAA tournament. If the Bears do not have any slip ups, they should lock up a No. 1 seed.

However the Jayhawks could use the win to improve their standing among the committee. This season when Kansas has been an underdog, they have a record of 2-3-1. One of their wins came against Baylor, which they lost by eight, but still covered the 8.5. This should be another good game between the two teams with the Bears coming out on the top.

Pick: Baylor -5

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