WACO, Texas — As we wait for No. 8 Kansas to tip off against Baylor at the Ferrell Center, here are five things to know about the matchup:
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
• 1. Two in a row? Kansas, of course, lost three straight games last February after starting the Big 12 season 7-0. It was the first time KU had lost back-to-back games since losing to K-State and Missouri in January 2006. One year later, here we are again. KU won its first seven conference games before falling on Saturday at Texas. Can the Jayhawks avoid another losing streak?
• 2. Baylor’s zone: The Jayhawks handled Baylor’s zone with relative ease in a 78-68 victory over the Bears on Jan. 20. The Jayhawks shot six for 15 from three-point range, and sophomore Perry Ellis had 18 points six-of-eight shooting. Could the zone defense be more effective on the Bears’ home court?
• 3. On the road: After suffering a loss at Texas on Saturday, Bill Self dropped to 75-30 on the road during his Kansas tenure. One of those losses came in the Big 12 regular-season finale at Baylor last season.
• 4. A decade of Drew: It’s hard to believe Baylor coach Scott Drew is in his 11th season at Baylor. In 10-plus seasons, Drew is 192-145 at Baylor, just nine victories shy of the school record. Drew’s record has improved considerably since 2007-08 — after the program emerged from some crippling NCAA sanctions. Baylor is 158-76 during that span.
• 5. Greene’s streak: Here’s a little bit of a surprising stat. Freshman wing Brannen Greene hasn’t played more than 10 minutes in Kansas’ last five games — but he’s hit a three-pointer in all five games.