basketball-men-d1 flag | February 13, 2015

BU-KU the must-see matchup

Seventh-ranked Arizona is the only AP Top 25 team in action on Friday, and four T25 teams play Sunday -- including the Wildcats, who will bookend the Valentine's Day weekend with tilts against Washington and Washington State. But before you fete your love with flowers, chocolates, dinner and a movie, take some time for yourself. There are 17 games on Saturday featuring top-25 teams, including three T25 matchups:

No. 16 Baylor vs. No. 8 Kansas
18-6, 6-5 Big 12 20-4, 9-2 Big 12
1 p.m. ET Saturday  ::  CBS

Pregame: CBS Sports' original series Men of March features Kansas coach Bill Self (12:30 p.m. ET Saturday). 

Honoring Dean Smith: For the Baylor game, Kansas Athletics will recognize the accomplishments of former KU men’s basketball player and college coaching legend Dean Smith, who died Feb. 7. A native of Emporia, Kansas, who grew up in Topeka, Smith competed at Kansas from 1949-53 and was a part of the Jayhawks’ national championship team in 1952 and were the national runners-up in 1953. Smith also served as an assistant coach at Kansas under Dr. Forrest “Phog” Allen for the 1953-54 season. Smith went on to coach North Carolina from 1961-97, winning two national championships (1982, '93) and the 1971 NIT title. When he retired, he was the winningest coach in college basketball history. His 879 wins are fourth all-time in Division I.

Why watch? Baylor is 30-9 since Feb. 12, 2014, and Bears coach Scott Drew is one of four coaches (along with Tom Izzo, Fred Hoiberg and Travis Ford) to beat Kansas three times since 2009. Baylor held Kansas to 56 points -- 16.2 points below its season average -- in a 1-point loss on Jan. 7. The last time Baylor played on CBS was Dec. 1, 2012, when the Bears defeated No. 8 Kentucky 64-55 at Rupp Arena. BU's win ended UK's 55-game home win streak and was the first home loss of the John Calipari era.

Kansas' Perry Ellis Kansas' Perry Ellis
Statistically speaking: Kansas has won 20 consecutive games inside Allen Fieldhouse, tied for the eighth-longest active streak in the nation and is the fourth-longest in the Bill Self era. ... Baylor is one of six Division I teams to hold all opponents under 75 points this season, including Utah, New Mexico, Saint Peter's, New Hampshire and Louisiana-Monroe. ... KU leads the Big 12 in 3-point field-goal percentage at 40.9 percent and averages 14.4 assists, 6.6 steals and 5.2 blocked shots per game. ... Baylor is third nationally with a plus-10.0 average rebound margin, third with 15.5 offensive rebounds per game, fifth with 41.2 total boards per game and 24th in scoring defense (59.3). ... Jayhawks forward Perry Ellis leads the team with a 12.9 scoring average and 7.0 rebound average. He is the only player in the Big 12 to rank eighth or higher in scoring (eighth) and rebounding (fourth). ... All five Baylor starters average 8.0-11.6 points per game, and reserve Taurean Prince leads the team with 12.6 ppg. ... Kansas has won 10 consecutive Big 12 regular-season titles -- a KU record and tied for third in NCAA history -- and 14 in the conference's 18-year history. ... Seven different BU players have led the team in scoring this season, and Rico Gathers has done so most often (six times). ... Kansas has won 20 or more games for 26 consecutive seasons, the longest active streak in the NCAA. ... Baylor is 18-3 this season when scoring 60-plus points (11-0 when scoring 70-plus points); the Bears have held 11 of 24 opponents under 60 point.

Series history: Saturday is the 27th all-time series meeting, with Kansas holding a 22-4 advantage. Baylor is 0-12 in games played at Lawrence, Kansas, and is 7-16 in road games against AP Top 25 teams during the past eight seasons. A side note: Baylor and Kansas are the only Big 12 Conference schools to be ranked in each of the past eight seasons.

Notebook: Baylor's Taurean Prince has scored in double figures a team-high 18 times. He entered the season with 12 double-figure scoring games in 62 games. ... Kansas' Perry Ellis is three points shy from becoming the 56th player in KU history to reach 1,000 points. ... BU's Rico Gathers has 20 career double-doubles, tied for eighth-most in program history. His 13 double-doubles this season are tied for seventh-most in a season, and his next will tie William Chatmon and Cory Jefferson for fifth-most. ... KU's Frank Mason has scored in double figures for 21 consecutive games. He averages 12.5 ppg, which is 11th in the Big 12. ... The Bears' Royce O'Neale is the Big 12's only player ranked in the league's top 15 in assists and rebounds. He's posted multiple assists in 21 of 23 games, and has posted at least four rebounds in 21 of 23 games. ... Kansas' Brannen Greene leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage in conference-games only at 62.5 percent.

No. 21 West Virginia
at No. 14 Iowa State
North Dakota St.
at South Dakota St.
No. 6 Villanova
at No. 18 Butler
Colorado State
at San Diego State
4 p.m. Saturday
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  8 p.m. Saturday
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Information compiled from Baylor and Kansas team sites.

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