No. 8/8 Kansas Continues Road Trip at Baylor Wednesday
Jan. 22, 2007
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Kansas (16-3, 3-1) continues its short tour of the Lone Star state when it travels to Baylor (11-7, 1-4) Wednesday. Tip from the Ferrell Center is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen on Jayhawk TV. The Jayhawks and Bears look to bounce back from road losses Saturday. KU fell at Texas Tech 69-64, while Baylor lost at Oklahoma 91-51. Kansas’ loss snapped a 10-game winning streak. Baylor has lost two straight heading into the Kansas contest.
No. 8/8 Kansas (16-3, 3-1) plays its second of four games in nine days at Baylor. The Jayhawks had a 10-game winning streak snapped at Texas Tech 69-64 Saturday. KU is scoring 76.5 points per game and giving up 59.7. The Jayhawks have held every opponent to under 50 percent shooting this season and are making 48.4 percent to their opponents’ 37.6 percent from the floor. Kansas forces 17.6 turnovers per game and averages 7.3 blocked shots per contest. Preseason Big 12 Co-Player of the Year Brandon Rush (G) leads KU in scoring at 13.5 points per game and in three-point field goals made per game with 34. Freshman forward Darrell Arthur and sophomore guard Mario Chalmers are tied for second in scoring at 11.6 points per game. Arthur leads the team with 37 blocked shots, while Chalmers paces KU with 54 steals. Sophomore forward Julian Wright, the other Preseason Big 12 Co-Player of the Year, leads the team in rebounding with an 8.1 average to go along with his 11.1 ppg. Freshman guard Sherron Collins is scoring 13.3 points in Big 12 play and 8.6 overall. Junior center Sasha Kaun is scoring 6.8 points per game and paces the team with his 59 field goal percentage. Junior guard Russell Robinson leads the team with 86 assists on the year to go along with a 6.3 scoring average. Junior forward Darnell Jackson is scoring 5.8 points and pulling down 4.7 rebounds per contest.
Baylor (11-7, 1-4) is looking to snap a two game losing skid after Oklahoma handed the Bears a 91-51 loss at Norman Saturday. BU has lost four of its last five games with three of those on the road. Additionally, three of the four losses have been by 10 points or less. Baylor is scoring 75.8 points per game and giving up 69.3. The Bears average 8.1 three-point field goals per game and have a balanced scoring attack as its top four scorers average between 12.4 and 11.1 points per game. Sophomore forward Kevin Rogers leads the team in scoring at 12.4 points per contest and rebounding with a 6.8 average. Sophomore guard Curtis Jerrells is next in scoring at 12.2 points per outing and is tied with junior guard Aaron Bruce with a team-high 69 assists. Bruce leads BU with 36 three pointers to go along with his 11.4 scoring average. Sophomore guard Henry Dugat is scoring 11.1 points per game. Sophomore center Diene Mamadou rounds out the starters. The seven-footer is scoring 5.5 points per game, has a team-high 28 blocked shots and is second in rebounding with a 5.5 average. Freshman guard Tweety Carter leads BU in steals with 23 to go along with his 9.5 points per game.
Kansas has won 11 of the 12 meetings with Baylor and has won five straight in the series. Baylor’s lone win versus Kansas came in 2001 when it defeated the then-No. 5 Jayhawks 85-77 in Waco. Since the inception of the Big 12, Kansas is 9-1 against Baylor. The two teams have yet to meet in the conference postseason championship.
Kansas returns home to host Colorado on Saturday, Jan. 27 with a 12:45 p.m. tip from Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be televised by ESPN Plus as part of the Big 12 Conference TV package. KU will then have a one-day break before traveling to Nebraska for ESPN’s Big Monday on Jan. 29. Tip from the Bob Devaney Center is set for 8 p.m.