LAWRENCE, Kan. (KWTX) Regardless of the opponent, the No. 4 Baylor Bears have relied on a defensive mentality against teams ranked in the Top 25 this season, and it could be another low-scoring game Saturday against the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks.
Baylor (12-1, 2-0 Big 12) pushed its win streak to 11 games after defeating No. 22 Texas Tech 57-52 Tuesday night. Kansas (12-2, 2-0 Big 12) has held its last five opponents to fewer than 60 points, most recently posting a 79-53 win at Iowa State.
"I think if you look across college basketball it's first to 60 (points) wins," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "Both of us have two top-10 defenses. The more you get in transition, you gotta take care of the basketball. You can't have 20 turnovers and win up there."
Not only would a win at Kansas be a strong resume builder come tournament time, but it would also be the first time in program history that Baylor defeated the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse. The Bears are 0-17 all-time in Lawrence.
"We're here to make history," Baylor senior guard Devonte Bandoo said. "We've got pieces, we're very deep, and it's going to be a great game."
"Since we have such high expectations, we feel like we're built for this game and we've prepared all year for this game," Baylor sophomore guard Jared Butler said. "We shouldn't be super excited if we win the game because we expect to win."
Baylor is 4-0 against teams ranked in the AP Top 25 poll this season, posting victories against No. 12 Arizona, No. 18 Butler, No. 17 Villanova and No. 22 Texas Tech. The Bears have also held their last four high-major opponents (Arizona, Butler, Texas, Texas Tech) to season-low scoring totals.
Tip-off is set for noon on KWTX-CBS.