Tuesday NCAA: No. 4 Baylor at No. 18 Kansas State

By on Jan 10, 2012

Category: NCAA Football

Entering this past weekend, there were only four unbeaten teams left in college basketball. Kansas State trimmed that number by one when the Wildcats beat Missouri. Can they knock that number down again by upsetting No. 4 Baylor (15-0)? Actually, it wouldn’t be an upset as KSU is a 2.5-point college basketball bets favorite on WagerWeb.com.

Coach Frank Martin and his staff showed K-State players a detailed scouting report on the Bears not long after the Missouri game was over and began working on how to break Baylor’s zone defense in practice.

That will be a difficult challenge, considering Baylor has allowed only two teams to score more than 67 points against it. Behind talented 6-foot-11 forward Perry Jones III and a starting lineup that features three players 6-7 or taller with long wingspans, the Bears use their size to clog up the middle and make it tough on opponents to score inside.

Baylor enters off a 73-60 win over Texas Tech on Saturday. Pierre Jackson had 19 points, Brady Heslip 16 and Quincy Miller 15 for the Bears, who are off to the best start in school history. Baylor is just the fifth Big 12 school to start the season 15-0 or better.

Tonight is the 24th meeting in the series with Kansas State and the 13th in Manhattan. K-State holds a 13-10 advantage in the all-time series and has won the last three meetings. Baylor is 4-8 all-time in Manhattan, but is 3-3 in its last six trips to the “Little Apple.” This will be just the third series meeting with both teams ranked in the Top 25. Baylor is 1-2 as a ranked team against Kansas State and has lost its last two.

In the first 11 seasons of the Big 12 Conference era, Baylor won only 8 conference road games. Since then, Baylor has won 12 conference road games in the last five seasons. Baylor is 6-0 away from home this season, doubling its away-from-home win total (3) from 2010-11.

Baylor, which ranks 4th nationally in the latest NCAA rankings in FG percentage defense, has held each of its first 15 opponents to under 50 percent shooting. Only four of Baylor’s 15 opponents have shot better than 40 percent in a game — the season high for a Baylor opponent is 47.8 percent by West Virginia.

Kansas State is coming off a strong defensive effort, limiting Missouri to 32.7 percent shooting after the Tigers entered with the nation’s best mark at 52.2. Rodney McGruder scored a team-high 20 points as the Wildcats extended their home win streak to 15.

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