Through 15 minutes, Baylor’s zone forced seven turnovers and appeared to be disrupting Kansas University’s basketball offense. So what changed in the Bears’ 68-54 loss to the Jayhawks on Wednesday night?
As I watched both teams on the same court for the second time this season Wednesday night, a light flickered in a normally very dark place — my brain — and it became plain to see why Kansas keeps beating Baylor, even though the Bears win so many recruiting battles. The Jayhawks make it no fun to play against them. They plant themselves in your face and stay there. The Bears have so many good basketball players, but nothing about them makes Kansas dread playing them.
Bill Self loves the way his Kansas University basketball team has bounced back from Saturday’s deflating loss at Missouri.
Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 68-54 victory over Baylor on Feb. 8, 2012.
Baylor coach Scott Drew talks to reporters following the Bears' 68-54 loss to Kansas on Feb. 8, 2012.
Jeff Withey scored a career-high 25 points on 8-for-10 shooting, leading the Kansas men's basketball team to a 68-54 victory over No. 6 Baylor on Wednesday night at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.
The Jayhawks trailed by as many as 10 in the first half before ending the half on a 14-5 run to take a 33-30 lead.
Then, after a Baylor basket to open the second half, KU posted a 23-2 run to open a 56-34 lead with 12:33 left.
Withey added five rebounds, three blocks and two steals to go with six turnovers.
Tyshawn Taylor added 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting and 4-for-7 shooting from three. Thomas Robinson notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
KU (19-5, 9-2 Big 12) will play host to Oklahoma State at 3 p.m. Saturday.