MIAMI, FL — NCAA basketball Top 25 schedule on Saturday, February 4 will feature several exciting matchups, while an emergency has forced the postponement of one of the ranked v ranked battles.
After holding No. 2 Baylor at home in midweek, No. 3 Kansas (20-2, 8-1 Big 12) will welcome Iowa State (13-8, 5-4 Big 12) at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, seeking to stay undefeated at home this season.
The Jayhawks, who have won 54 straight home games overall, which is the longest active streak in Division I, will start with an 84 percent chance to win the game, according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index.
Frank Mason III leads Kansas in scoring and assists per game this season at 19.9 points and 5.2 helpers.
Freshman Josh Jackson, who has scored 20 or more points in the last three consecutive games, is averaging 16.0 points and 6.9 rebounds this term.
Iowa State is led by senior guard Monte Morris, who is averaging 16.0 points, 5.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game.
The Cyclones have lost two in a row for the third successive time this season and are coming off an 85-72 defeat against No. 7 West Virginia on Tuesday night.
No. 2 Baylor, meanwhile, will aim to rebound from the 73-68 defeat suffered at the hand of Kansas on Wednesday night when it host Kansas State at Ferrell Center in Waco.
The Bears (20-2, 7-2 Big 12) were losing for only the second time this season and ESPN’s Basketball Power Index is backing the home side to bounce back immediately.
Heading into Saturday’s game, Baylor has an 85 percent chance to beat the Wildcats (15-7, 4-5 Big 12), who have lost three straight.
Meanwhile, in the Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 21 Duke (17-5, 5-4 ACC) has announced that head coach Mike Krzyzewski is to return from back surgery for the clash against Pittsburgh at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Krzyzewski missed the Blue Devils’ last seven games and they went 4-3 in his absence, but the veteran coach will be back on the sidelines as he seeks to get his team rolling in the second half of the campaign.
Duke, which has won two straight, starts with a 95 percent chance to beat the Panthers (12-10, 1-8 ACC), who have lost seven straight.
In the meantime, the matchup between No. 12 North Carolina and No. 20 Notre Dame, which was scheduled for Saturday night in Chapel Hill, will now be played on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Greensboro instead, due to a water shortage in Chapel Hill.
Elsewhere on Saturday, No. 1 and undefeated Gonzaga will hunt its 24th successive win of the season against Santa Clara, No. 8 Kentucky and No. 24 Florida go head-to-head in a key SEC battle, while No. 4 and defending champion Villanova hosts St John’s and No. 17 Maryland and No. 23 Purdue meet at XFINITY Center in College Park.
NCAA Basketball TV Channels, Live Stream
Saturday, February 4
No. 23 Purdue at No. 17 Maryland 12:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
No. 9 Virginia at Syracuse 12:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Pittsburgh at No. 21 Duke 1:00 PM CBS
Georgia at No. 19 South Carolina 2:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Iowa State at No. 3 Kansas 2:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
No. 6 Louisville at Boston College 3:00 PM ACCN, WatchESPN
Kansas State at No. 2 Baylor 3:00 PM ESPNNews, WatchESPN
Xavier at No. 22 Creighton 3:00 PM FOX
No. 5 Arizona at No. 13 Oregon 4:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
Connecticut at No. 14 Cincinnati 4:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Oklahoma State at No. 7 West Virginia 5:00 PM ESPNU, WatchESPN
No.18 Saint Mary’s at San Diego 7:00 PM
St John’s at No. 4 Villanova 8:00 PM CBSSN
No. 8 Kentucky at No. 24 Florida 8:15 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
Santa Clara at No. 1 Gonzaga 10:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
No. 11 UCLA at Washington 10:30 PM PAC12