|No. 22/20 Baylor (22-10, 10-8) vs. No. 1/1 Kansas (28-4, 15-3)|
March 11, 2016 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Kansas City, Mo. | Sprint Center (18,972)
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Baylor has already lost to Kansas in two very different ways this season. The first was a blowout, the second a tight game that came down to the end. Honestly, it's tough to foresee how this one will play out.
On the one hand, Kansas is always a threat to go off from deep. Kansas is third nationally in 3-pt shooting percentage, and has the third most efficient offense in the country according to KenPom. Baylor was able to suppress that for about 35 minutes in the last matchup, but if Wayne Selden, Devonte Graham, and Perry Ellis start to feel it from range, this game will likely end badly for Baylor.
For its part, Baylor will need to make the game a grueling affair. The pace will need to be slow, the Bears will need to collect a lot of rebounds on both ends, and Taurean Prince will have to play today like he did yesterday, an extremely high challenge. Rico Gathers and Lester Medford will need to be at their best, as Kansas will be intent on shutting down Gathers' rebounding and Medford's penetration. If Medford becomes just a shooter, Baylor's offense will suffer.
And that's all I've got for this game. It will be hard, but Baylor has a shot. Let's hope they make it.