After a couple of big home wins against ranked competition, the Wildcats hit the road again. Tonight presents opportunity: a winnable road game which could be a big help to the resume come March.
Kansas State (14-5, 4-3 Big 12) visits the Baylor Bears (12-7, 2-5 Big 12). The Wildcats have the narrowest of edges in the all-time series, leading 19-18. Of course, K-State led the series 5-1 when the Big 12 was formed, so you know what that means. Both Bruce Weber and Scott Drew are a game under .500 against the opposing team tonight, so someone’s evening the score.
Manu Lecomte is averaging 16.5 a game for Baylor, while Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. is averaging just under a double-double with 15.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per outing.
Tonight’s game marks the 91st anniversary of the tragic bus accident in Round Rock which claimed the lives of the Immortal Ten, ten members of the Baylor traveling party on their way to a game against the Texas Longhorns. Baylor honors their memory during Homecoming each year, and this year it just happens to fall on the exact anniversary.
Vegas is unimpressed with last week, posting Baylor as 4½-point favorites. The total is a miniscule 134½, suggesting a 72-67 loss for K-State. For the second game in a row, OddsShark has turned on their beloved Wildcats, projecting an ugly 71-57 win for the Bears.
Monday, January 22 at 8:00pm CT, Ferrell Center (10,284) in Waco, Texas.
ESPNU with Matt Schick and Dino Gaudio.
K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson and Stan Weber. The satellite feed on Sirius/XM 83 will feature the Baylor crew of John Morris and Pat Nunley, whose radio call is available in central Texas on the Baylor-IMG College Network.