Road Win Positions Kansas Basketball For A Big 12 Title Push

Kansas center Jeff Withey scored 25 points to lead the Jayhawks over Baylor 68-54.

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Kansas Vs. Baylor: Big 12 Basketball Race Is 'Most Fascinating' Of All

Tonight’s game pitting the Kansas Jayhawks against the Baylor Bears is not just a game between two of the top programs in the country this year. It’s also further proof of why the Big 12 basketball race is the “most fascinating in the country.” With Missouri alongside these two top ranked programs, the Big 12 has turned into an incredible three team race with the Jayhawks, Bears and Tigers able to play with anyone on any night. And if they weren’t beating up on each other this time of year, all three might be at the top in the NCAA tournament next month.

Cindy Boren writes, “Kansas has won at least a share of the regular season conference championship each of the past seven seasons. But the strong play of Baylor and Missouri has put the chances of another Jayhawks’ title in peril. Frank Haith, a strong contender for national coach of the year honors, led the Tigers to a win over Kansas on Saturday night. And Kansas has no time to relax; it travels to Waco, Texas, to play Baylor on Wednesday. What makes this race even more fascinating is that all three teams are in contention for No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament.”

Missouri is currently a half game up in the standings at 9-2 over Baylor and KU who are both tied at 8-2. Tonight’s game will go a long way toward positioning at the top.

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Kansas Vs. Baylor Time, TV, Radio Info And More

Kansas will make the trip to Waco, Texas on Wednesday for a rematch with Baylor whom the Jayhawks defeated soundly 92-74 back on January 16 to snap the Bears 17 game winning streak. Tyshawn Taylor scored a career high 28 points during the first meeting while Thomas Robinson added 27. Kansas is preparing for a focused Bears team in a game that is suddenly important in the overall Big 12 standings. Kansas coach Bill Self understands that things probably won't come near as easy on the road as they did at home.

"They're going to be good, there's no question. The first time we played them, we played pretty good, but we also had some breaks, some things went our way. ... We're going to have to probably play as well as we've played all year, or better."

Game date/time: Wednesday, February 8, 6:00 p.m. CT

Location: Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas

TV: ESPN2

Radio: Jayhawk Radio Network

Online Streaming: ESPN3

For more on this game Kansas fans should head over to Rock Chalk Talk and Baylor fans should check out Our Daily Bears. For more college basketball news and analysis head on over to SB Nation's College Basketball page.

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