Baylor Bears Get Tune Up For Kansas Jayhawks Tonight

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The Baylor Bears will have a lot to do with how the Big 12 Conference is decided.

On Saturday, they pushed the Kansas State Wildcats to the brink and only a botched inbounds play and a clutch 3-pointer by Wildcats stud Rodney McGruder, kept the Bears from heading into overtime.

The Wildcats needed the win because they are in a dead heat with the Kansas Jayhawks for first place in the Big 12 Conference.

Tonight the Wildcats essentially get a preview of what it will be like to face the Jayhawks when they take on the Texas Longhorns.

Both Kansas and Texas are amongst the top teams in the nation in field goal percentage defense. The Jayhawks are the top team in all the land, holding opponents to just 35.4% from the field, while the Longhorns are are 12th in the country holding teams to just 38.1% shooting from the floor.

The difference is that Kansas scores 75.1 points per game, 28th best in the nation, while Texas averages just 65.1 points per game, which is good for 235th in the nation.

Either way, Baylor at least gets a good warmup for the Kansas defense. However, they will have to handle Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore, Elijah Johnson and the rest of the Jayhawks this Saturday.

Win or lose, the Bears will do their best to pull off the upset at home against the Jayhawks, similar to what the TCU Horned Frogs did earlier this season.

However, with so much at stake for the Jayhawks, it is hard to imagine that Coach Bill Self will not have his squad tuned in to Baylor as the Big 12 crown will probably hinge on how Kansas and Kansas State perform on the last day of the regular season.

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