Kansas vs Baylor Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/2/24

Baylor (20-8) vs Kansas (21-7)

Game Info: Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 1:00 pm (Foster Pavillion)

Betting Odds: Baylor -4.5 - Over/Under: 146.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kansas Jayhawks will head down to Waco to meet the Baylor Bears in Big 12 play this Saturday from the Foster Pavilion on ABC. Baylor comes in as 4.5-point home favorites, with the total hovering 146.5. Stay tuned for our Kansas vs Baylor Prediction.  

Kansas Preview: Will the Jayhawks Road Woes Continue?

Kansas comes in at 21-7 after losing to BYU in Lawrence, 76-68. The Jayhawks were upended at home by the Cougars, and they’ll look to respond swiftly here in Waco. KU is scoring 77.0 points per game, on 50.0% shooting, while allowing 67.6 ppg, and they’re currently 5th in the Big 12 with a 7-5 record in league play. The Jayhawks are 6-4 over their last ten games, and they’re 3-5 on the road this season.

Kansas Team Profile

  • Bill Self’s team moves at a balanced pace, averaging 71.3 possessions per game (148th), and they’ve been solid from the outside, connecting on 34.7% of their threes.
  • Michigan transfer Hunter Dickinson has hit the 20-point mark in two of the last three games, and he leads Kansas in rebounding (10.9), while scoring 18.3 ppg. 
  • Austin native KJ Adams Jr. scored 16 points in the win over Texas, and he’s averaging 12.3 ppg, while shooting 60% from the field. 
  • Veteran guard Dajuan Harris Jr. has hit double figures in six of his last eight outings, and he leads KU in assists (6.5), while adding 8.4 ppg.  
  • Former TTU swingman Kevin McCullar Jr. (19.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 4.6 ago) has missed four of the last five games, and his status for this game is in doubt.

Baylor Preview: Bears Looking to Boost Their Resume

Baylor improved to 20-8 after defeating TCU in Fort Worth, 62-54. The Bears outlasted the Horned Frogs in a low scoring clash, and they’ll try to avenge a January loss to the Jayhawks this Saturday. Baylor is scoring 83.0 points per game, on 49.3% shooting, while allowing 70.8 ppg, and they’re currently 4th in the Big 12 with a 8-5 record in conference play. The Bears are 6-4 over their previous ten games, and they’ve gone 13-2 in Waco this season. 

Baylor Team Profile

  • Scott Drew’s team uses a guard-heavy approach, averaging 70.1 possessions per game (214th), and they’ve shot 39.6% from deep (4th). 
  • Freshman guard Ja’Kobe Walter went for a game-high 23 points in the Houston matchup, and he leads Baylor in scoring (14.8), while grabbing 4.4 rpg. 
  • Toledo transfer RayJ Dennis approached a triple-double (9/9/9) in the TCU victory, and he’s averaging to 13.3 ppg and a team-leading 6.6 apg.  
  • Freshman center Yves Missi scored for a team-high 21 points in the February 10th loss to the Jayhawks, and he leads the Bears in rebounding (5.6), while averaging 11.0 ppg. 
  • Senior guard Jalen Bridges has hit the 15-point mark in three straight contests, and he’s up to 11.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg.  

Kansas vs Baylor Trends

  • Kansas leads the current series, 37-9, after winning three of the last five meetings.
  • KU is 12-15-1 against the spread, with a 13-15 O/U record
  • BAY is 16-10-1 ATS, with a 14-13 over/under record.

Kansas vs Baylor Prediction

Kansas has tailed off down the stretch, and after dropping four of their last five road spots, they may have a tough time here this Saturday. Baylor bounced back from a pair of losses with a win over TCU, and they should be able to capitalize on a struggling KU squad at home. Kevin McCullar Jr.’s absence has also factored into the Jayhawks form, and I like testing them in Waco this weekend. Back Baylor for this Big 12 matchup.

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