The Kansas Jayhawks went on the road and beat Iowa State on Tuesday night, but they had to do it without their best player, Ochai Agbaji, who missed the game due to COVID protocol.
And while KU was able to get by the Cyclones, Saturday will be a different test when the reigning National Champion Baylor Bears come to Lawrence with first place in the Big 12 on the line.
So will Agbaji be back for that match up? According to Bill Self after the game on Tuesday night, he’s “optimistic and hopeful” that will be the case, per Rob Collins of Fox4 in Kansas City.
Agbaji has taken his game to the next level this season, as he’s now being considered a lottery pick for the 2022 NBA Draft.
Agbaji leads the Big 12 and is 12th nationally in scoring at 20.9 points per game. He is second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (46.4, 10th nationally) and in three-point field goals made per game (3.2). Agbaji has scored 20 or more points in 12 games this season, including a career-high 37 points in Kansas double-overtime win against No. 13 Texas Tech on Jan. 24.
Tip off between the Baylor Bears and Kansas Jayhawks is set for 3:00 p.m. on Saturday on ESPN.