A Brief History of Baylor v Kansas Basketball

While the Jayhawks have dominated the last decade of Big 12 basketball, the tide of recent history is starting to favor the Bears, if only slightly.

Before the game preview goes live, BearsIllustrated thought it would be fun to look back at the matchup history between Baylor Basketball and the Kansas Jayhawks.

The Jayhawks, coming off of their 10 straight regular season Big 12 Championship, come into the Ferrell Center as the last team to beat the Bears at home. Since that 69-52 loss, Baylor boasts 12 straight wins in the Ferrell Center, the third longest streak in the history of the Ferrell.

The 26 meeting in this series sees a lopsided overall record between the two teams, as the Jayhawks hold the series lead at 21-4. All four of those Baylor wins have come at home or in the Big 12 Tournament, as Allen Fieldhouse is one of the two remaining conference courts Scott Drew has yet to win on (Iowa State is the other).

The recent record, however, is less ghastly for Bears fans, albeit still not comforting. While only two wins in the last five match ups with the Jayhawks pad the 2-3 record, those two wins are memorable for Baylor. The first coming in the 2012 Big 12 Tournament sparked a run the Big 12 Tournament Championship game and propelled the squad into its second Elite Eight in three years.

The second came in the most lopsided Baylor victory in the Drew versus Self-era. On Senior Night of the 2012-13 season, Pierre Jackson led the way with 28 points and 10 assists in an 81-58 rout of the then third-ranked Jayhawks. The game is also memorable, as it marks the first career three-point field goal make of Cory Jefferson’s career, leading Coach Drew to declare post-game that next season he will have to draw up plays for the burgeoning Baylor star. With those two wins, the Bears became the only team to beat Kansas in in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

While the Jayhawks’ dominance of the Big 12 is established and can only be thought to continue until proven otherwise, tomorrow marks a great opportunity to add another positive chapter to the history between Baylor and Kansas.

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