Baylor Bears at Kansas State Wildcats

No. 1 Baylor Bears Preview

The Baylor Bears, winners of a school-record 18 consecutive games, pride themselves on being a tough, defensive-minded outfit that has held 12 opponents below 60 points. The trip to Manhattan, Kan., will be the third game in six days for Baylor, which is coming off a 68-52 home win over TCU on Saturday, when the Bears had seven steals and eight blocked shots — six from Freddie Gillespie.

Baylor attacks the glass with a four-guard approach (plus-6.4 rebounding margin) and is led offensively by Jared Butler (15.1 points per game) and MaCio Teague (14.1). Baylor is trying to achieve its first nine-game conference winning streak since starting 10-0 in the 1948 Southwest Conference.

Kansas State Wildcats Preview

Senior guard Xavier Sneed, the Kansas State Wildcats’ leading scorer at 14.4 points per game, has been in a shooting slump, hitting 11 of 42 shots in the past three games, including 4 of 21 from 3-point range. Only he and Cartier Diarra (13.0) average better than 7.2 points for the Wildcats, and they combine to take half of the team’s 3-point attempts, so the game gets difficult when they’re not on target.

Hope comes from the fact they combined for 41 points, with 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc, in a home win against then-No. 12 West Virginia on Jan. 18. Kansas State, though, has lost seven of its past nine games, including a 66-57 decision at the Mountaineers on Saturday.