Kansas destroys Baylor, will likely be No. 1 in AP poll on Monday

Pery Ellis (USATSI)
Kansas’ Perry Ellis rises above Baylor defenders on Saturday. (USATSI)

Whether Kansas will be the nation’s new No. 1 team won’t be known till Monday afternoon.

But, on Saturday, the Jayhawks sure looked like college basketball’s best.

Thanks to a big performance from Wayne Selden, KU raced to a massive lead early and ultimately recorded a 102-74 victory over No. 23 Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse.

It was a double-digit spread for the final 36 minutes.

Selden finished with 24 points on 16 shots.

He made five 3-pointers.

And the byproduct of all that is this: Kansas is now 12-1 with four top-40 KenPom wins — specifically victories over Baylor, Vanderbilt, UCLA and Oregon State. And because the Jayhawks are currently second in the AP poll — and because top-ranked Michigan State lost at Iowa earlier this week — it’s reasonable to expect KU to be No. 1 when the AP poll updates Monday. Meantime, Oklahoma is 11-0 and currently second in the Coaches Poll. So it’s reasonable to expect OU to be No. 1 in the Coaches Poll when it udpates Monday afternoon, provided the Sooners handle Iowa State on Saturday night.

In other words, Kansas and Oklahoma could both be No. 1 on Monday afternoon.

And do you know the best part?

They’ll play each other Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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