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Jay Bilas Says the Big 12 is ‘Kind of Like an NBA Schedule’

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The Big 12 is about at the midway point of the conference schedule, and everyone outside of Baylor (won three straight) and Texas Tech (lost three straight), has either a one-game winning streak or a one-game losing streak.

That’s the kind of depth and unpredictability there is in this league. And with ESPN heading to Lawrence, Kansas for College GameDay on Saturday ahead of Kansas vs. Baylor, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas caught up with local reporters on Friday to discuss the strength of this league.


Bilas said, according to, “It’s kind of like an NBA schedule. I think you’re looking at the slate of games each team has and you’re picking out “schedule losses” that they can have, like I thought that Kansas-Kansas State game on Monday – I was fortunate to be there – that was what I would call a schedule loss. And you’re coming off a huge game at home against Houston. And then you go on the road to Kansas State. Sandwiched in between playing Houston and Baylor, you’re playing Kansas State. And I know it’s a big rivalry game. But that’s asking a lot.”

Bilas added, “I don’t know that it’s the strongest this league has ever been at the top. I wouldn’t say that. But I would say it’s never been stronger. And I think it’s the best league in the country.”

Kansas hosts Baylor for a 5:00 p.m. CST tip off from Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. Houston heads into Saturday with a half-game lead for first place over Baylor and Iowa State, while Kansas is one game back.

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