Jayhawks and Bears to battle in Waco Saturday

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KU Athletics) No. 7/9 Kansas is set to journey to the Lone Star State to take on the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center on Saturday, Jan. 12. The Jayhawks are coming off a 77-68 win over No. 25 TCU Wednesday, while the Bears took down No. 20 Iowa State, 73-70, Tuesday. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m. (CT) on ESPN. Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) will call the action.

Kansas leads the overall series with Baylor, 30-5, including a 12-3 record in Waco with all 15 meetings in the Ferrell Center. Baylor won the last meeting, 80-64, in the Ferrell Center on Feb. 10, 2018.

Since 2015, three of the last four meetings in Waco have been decided by six points or less.

Kansas has had six different players lead the team in scoring in six of the last seven games. Those have been Quentin Grimes, Devon Dotson, Udoka Azubuike, Dedric Lawson, Charlie Moore and Lagerald Vick.

Kansas is the only team in the Big 12 with two players ranked in the top eight in the league in scoring. RS-junior F Dedric Lawson is second in scoring at 19.5 ppg, while senior G Lagerald Vick is eighth at 14.6 ppg.
On the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list, Dedric Lawson leads the Big 12 in rebounding at 11.3 rpg and is the only player in the league averaging a double-double. He is vying to become the first Jayhawk to lead the league in rebound average since All-American Thomas Robinson in 2011-12.

Vick is six points from hitting the 1,000-point plateau for his career. He is looking to become the 61st player in KU history and the 16th in the Bill Self era (since 2003-04) to hit the 1K scoring mark.

On Jan. 6, Kansas head coach Bill Self announced that junior center Udoka Azubuike will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season due to an injured right wrist that will require surgery.

With its win against TCU (1/9), Kansas is 87-11 following a loss in the Bill Self era. Since 2013-14, the Jayhawks are 37-3 following a loss. When the game following a loss is in Allen Fieldhouse, KU is 48-3 in the Self era.