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The top two teams in the Big 12 square off Saturday afternoon as the No. 9 Baylor Bears (20-6, 9-4) take on the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks (21-5, 9-4). The Jayhawks will host this one at Allen Fieldhouse, with tipoff scheduled for 4:00 pm ET.

The Jayhawks are the favorites playing at home. They are -210 to win, while the Bears’ moneyline sits at +172.

The spread features Baylor as 4.5-point underdogs (-102), and the over/under for total points is 148.5 (-110).

Baylor Looks For Huge Win As Road Underdogs

With Baylor, Kansas, and Texas all tied at 9-4 in the conference, every game will be critical as the regular season comes to a close. On Saturday, the Bears will hope to pull off a massive road win as underdogs when they travel to Kansas.

The Bears come into this one having won four in a row, but they have struggled at times on the road. While they are 13-2 at home, they are just 4-3 as the away team.

Offensively, the Bears rank 23rd in the nation, averaging 78.8 points per game (71.7 on the road). They are led by a trio of guards in Keyonte George (16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists), Adam Flagler (15.8 points, five assists), and LJ Cryer (14.9 points).

On the defensive side, the Bears rank 142nd, allowing opponents an average of 69 points per game.

Jayhawks Look For Redemption At Home

This is not the first time that these two teams have matched up. Back on January 23, Baylor was able to pick up a home win 75-69 over Kansas. On Saturday, the Jayhawks will look for redemption as they play at Allen Fieldhouse, where they are 12-1 this season.

In the earlier loss to the Bears, Gradey Dick and Jalen Wilson combined for 47 points, but it still wasn’t enough to pick up the road win. Those two have been the leading scorers for the Jayhawks all season as Wilson is averaging 20.3 points and 8.2 rebounds, while Dick is averaging 14.7 points and 4.9 rebounds.

As a unit, the Jayhawks rank 43rd in the country in scoring, averaging 76.6 points per game. They rank 117th overall in scoring defense, allowing opponents an average of 68.2 points per game.

Two other contributors, Kevin McCullar and Dajuan Harris, have been dealing with ankle injuries, but both players are probable for this one.

Take Kansas At Home To Win And Cover

Looking at the trends, Baylor is 10-1 in their last 11 games and they are 4-1 against the spread in their last five.

They are also 4-1 in their last five road games; however, they are just 1-17 in their last 18 at Allen Fieldhouse.

For Kansas, they are 5-1 both straight up and against the spread in their last six games. In their last 19 at home, they are 18-1 and they are 4-1 against the spread in their last five versus Big 12 opponents.

At the end of the day, this one may come down to the venue. While Baylor was able to take down the Jayhawks earlier in the season, this one will likely be a different story, with Kansas having the home-court advantage this time around.

It wouldn’t be shocking if it is close through much of the game, but it also wouldn’t be surprising to see Kansas pull away as the second half progresses. Take the Jayhawks to both win and to cover the 4.5-point spread (-120).

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