The 15th ranked Kansas Jayhawks face the 12th ranked Baylor Bears as part of ESPN’s Big Monday.
THE GAME: Kansas Jayhawks (13-4, 4-0) Vs Baylor Bears (13-4, 1-3)
THE PLACE: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
THE TIME: Monday, January 20th, 8:00 p.m. CST
THE NETWORK: ESPN
LIVE STREAM: ESPN.Go.com/watchespn
The Kansas Jayhawks play the Baylor Bears on ESPN Monday so if you are on the go or can’t be near your television, we have you covered. You can still catch the Jayhawks and Cyclones live online at ESPN.Go.com/watchespn. Tonight’s game is only available to customers of cable providers that offer WatchESPN. It is not on ESPN3.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. KEEP WIGGINS INTERESTED: Coach Bill Self has to find a way to keep Andrew Wiggins focused and motivated over the next two and a half months while he is still in a Kansas uniform. Wiggins is still just a teenager after all, and he has a lot to look forward to in his future. That being said, he has displayed a level of disinterest throughout the season. He appeared to have moved past that, but Saturday against Oklahoma State, he was barely factor, and spent a good chunk of the second half on the bench. It may have just been a bad game for the youngster, but he needs to be into every game for Kansas to reach their full potential.
2. KEEP SHOOTING WELL: Basketball is an easy game when the fall is falling through the hoop on a regular basis. Good shooting can make up for a lot of ills as has been the case with the Jayhawks recently. Kansas continues to turn the ball over at an alarming rate (43 times in the last 2 ball games), and their defense, while it is improving, still has a long way to go. Fortunately for the Jayhawks, they make more than they miss most games. They nail 50.3% of all their field goal attempts, which is the 4th best mark in the country. If Kansas can continue to shoot well, and can keep up the intensity and hustle on the floor they have displayed recently, they might just be able to overcome their flaws.
3. CORNERED BEARS: Baylor has lost three of their first 4 Big 12 Conference games, and cannot afford to fall 4 games behind the leader. The Bears need this win badly, and they will probably come out scrapping. They are too talented of a basketball team to play poorly forever, so they are looking to get back to winning, and they would love to do it in Allen Fieldhouse. Baylor is a dangerous, dangerous team, and if the Jayhawks don’t come out and play with focus and intensity, the Bears are certainly good enough to beat Kansas. Baylor needs this game desperately, so they will be ready to play. So must Kansas.