The Kansas Jayhawks have been abysmal on the street, dropping to Arizona State on the street whereas additionally being routed by the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames. Going through their subsequent street check, the Jayhawks will journey to Waco, Texas to face off in opposition to the Baylor Bears.
The identical staff which misplaced to Texas Southern within the first recreation of the season can be coming off a victory in opposition to the No. 20 Iowa State Cyclones. As for the No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks, they’re coming off a 77-68 residence victory in opposition to the No. 25 TCU Horned Frogs.
Led by junior ahead Dedric Lawson’s season-high 31 factors, the Jayhawks escaped a late push from the Horned Frogs and coasted to a victory. Going into the sport, Lawson had struggled scoring after dropping 30 again in December in opposition to Arizona State.
Within the three video games between Arizona State and TCU, Lawson solely averaged 11.three factors, far beneath his season common of 19.6 factors.
Going into the Baylor recreation, Lawson might want to proceed his quiet scoring methods, particularly with the absence of fellow junior middle Udoka Azuibuike, who suffered a season-ending wrist harm earlier within the 12 months.
Lawson is presently the fourth finest scorer within the Massive 12 convention and is by far essentially the most well-rounded participant on Kansas, with the ability to rating, rebound and go.
One other participant to observe in opposition to Baylor is senior guard LaGerald Vick. Earlier within the season, Vick went on a five-game stretch the place he scored in double digits each time and shot 61.6% from the sphere in these video games.
Since that stretch nevertheless, Vick has shot above 50% as soon as and has scored 20+ as soon as. Vick, the one senior on the staff, has a poor historical past within the Massive 12 convention as he averages a mere 7 factors per recreation in convention play over the course of his profession, in comparison with his profession 9.1 factors per recreation.
The most important factor to observe for in opposition to Baylor is former redshirt freshman ahead Ochai Agbaji. Previous to the beginning of the season, Agbaji introduced he would redshirt his total freshman season however after speaking with coach Invoice Self, Agbaji made his first look of his collegiate profession in opposition to TCU.
Agbaji is also known as the most effective athlete on Kansas and it confirmed because the very first play of his profession was an alley-oop from fellow freshman guard Quentin Grimes.
Agbaji went on to play 25 minutes of motion, scoring seven factors whereas snagging 4 rebounds.
Baylor is likely one of the largest and most defensive pushed groups within the Massive 12 convention, main the league in blocks and amongst the top-three in scoring protection. After dropping Azubuike, the Jayhawks misplaced lots of their measurement and Lawson continues to wrestle in opposition to bigs within the submit.
Agbaji will probably be compelled to play a giant function in opposition to Baylor, being one of many few Kansas gamers who could make triples. Agbaji additionally threatens opposing facilities, as he had 4 factors off alley-oops in opposition to TCU, the opposite three got here off a triple.
Total, the Jayhawks will probably be examined on the street, someplace they’ve struggled all season.
Gamers equivalent to sophomore guard Marcus Garrett can shut down Baylor’s struggling guards, but when the Bears can eradicate the low-post recreation from the Jayhawks, Kansas will probably have a protracted Saturday afternoon in Waco.
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