Kansas extended its winning streak inside Allen Fieldhouse to 51 games Wednesday night while Bill Self improved to 217-9 all-time inside the historic building. So, yeah, the Jayhawks just did what they do.
Nobody should be surprised.
But know this: that 73-68 victory over Baylor did not, contrary to popular belief, end the Big 12 race. If anything, it showed it’s going to be a real race because the Bears traded punches with the Jayhawks for 40 minutes and had a legitimate chance to upset them in their house.
Remember, KU still has to visit Baylor later this month, and the Bears have fewer road games remaining than the 12-time and reigning Big 12 champions. So while it’s true that the Jayhawks are 8-1 in the league, alone atop the standings and the smart-money pick to add a 13th consecutive conference championship, what’s also true is that this Big 12 race likely won’t be decided for good until the final week of the regular season, if not the final weekend.
Either way, KU is now No. 2 in the Top 25 (and one).
The Jayhawks jumped from fourth to second with their ninth top-50 KenPom victory, which dropped Baylor from second to third and pushed Villanova down from third to fourth, no fault of its own. Arizona rounds out the top five. The Wildcats play at Oregon State late Thursday.
The complete and updated Top 25 (and one) is below.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / College basketball rankings: Kansas up to No. 2, behind Zags, in Top 25 (and 1)