"We need to win a game. Playing on the road in six of your first 10 is not easy," said Bill Self. "We are 3-3 and the road. We will welcome coming home and I hope the fans will welcome the guys. They need a pick-me-up."
The Jayhawks are fresh off their worst week of the season, losing to Oklahoma State by 20 on Monday night and at unranked Nebraska by 19 on Sunday afternoon. KU has now lost three straight road games. The Jayhawks hadn't dropped consecutive league games by double-digits since losing to Oklahoma (95-72) and Oklahoma State (85-74) under Ted Owens in 1983.
"Winning on the road in any league is hard to do when talent is relatively comparable. You have to be really good when you go away from home," said Self.
KU, which is 4-4 in its last eight games, hopes to find a cure for its recent woes in the friendly confines of Allen Fieldhouse, where the team hasn't played since a commanding 96-77 win over Texas Tech on Feb. 7.
"Confidence is a weird thing and right now we are just not as confident as we were a week ago. That is obvious. Good performance and good practice can change that overnight," said Self.
The Bears (7-16 overall, 2-8 Big 12) have also lost two straight games, and are coming off a 91-58 defeat at Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Jayhawks are undefeated all-time against Baylor in Lawrence (5-0).
"If we think Baylor will be easy -- that is not the case at all," cautioned Self.
Wednesday's meeting will be the 10th all-time between Kansas and Baylor, with the Jayhawks holding an 8-1 series lead.
KU's three-point shooting is steadily improving at 36.4 percent in its last five games. However the Jayhawks are suddenly struggling from the free throw line with 62.5 percent in their last five games.
Simien has been a beast as of late, averaging 18.6 points on 55.9 percent shooting over the team's last five games, while Miles' numbers in conference play are impressive -- 8.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game. Langford's scoring has been down recently, as he's averaging just 12.0 points on 41.1 percent shooting over his last five contests. Kansas' defense is allowing 65.9 points per game on 38.7 percent shooting from the floor.
BU scores 64.9 points per game on 41.8 percent shooting from the field. Terrance Thomas paces the Bears with 16.6 points per game on 40.6 percent shooting from the field, while also grabbing a team-high 7.4 boards per contest. Harvey Thomas chips in with 15.9 points per game on 40.6 percent shooting from the floor.
"I haven't seen any of their guys play," said Self.
"They have done a good job down there, holding it together. They have some momentum now. If I was a Baylor fan, with all of the stuff they have gone through and looking for a fresh start, I would be really proud to be a guy who supports the program."
Baylor is coached by Scott Drew, who is 7-16 in his first year with the Bears, 27-27 in his second season as a head coach overall.
"I think Scott (Drew) is doing a great job," said Self.
"They are very athletic is some spots. They will do some things that are a little different. The guards will screen for the bigs to get perimeter shots and they will play a lot of zone."