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Men's Basketball 2012-13 coverage

Baylor defeats Kansas, 81-58

  • 5 p.m., March 9, 2013
  • The Ferrell Center, Waco, TX
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Win gives Baylor hope for NCAA Tournament berth

The lopsided victory injected badly needed life into Baylor’s tournament hopes. The Bears (18-13 overall, 9-9 in the Big 12) had lost five of their last six games heading into the regular-season finale. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Elijah Johnson quiet after loss; Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore named Wooden finalists

Kansas University senior point guard Elijah Johnson was a man of precious few words after Saturday’s 81-58 loss to Baylor in Ferrell Center. By Gary Bedore• Box score• Bill Self postgame audio

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KU coach Bill Self talks after loss to Baylor

Kansas coach Bill Self talks after his team's 81-58 loss to Baylor on March 9, 2013.

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Opinion: KU's edge missing against Baylor

The truth is for Kansas to have any shot of making it to Atlanta for the Final Four, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes, it must play with a sharp edge, an in-your-face competitive spirit. That was nowhere to be found Saturday, except from the opposition.• Box score• Bill Self postgame audio

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FINAL: Baylor routs KU, 81-58

The Kansas men's basketball team found no answers for Baylor's Pierre Jackson and Cory Jefferson, as the two combined for 53 points on 22-for-26 shooting as the Bears ran away with an 81-58 victory over the Jayhawks on Saturday at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

KU cut the deificit to 61-55 with 6:23 left before Baylor (18-13, 9-9 Big 12) ended the game on a 20-3 run.

The Jayhawks repeatedly were burned off the dribble by Jackson, who finished with 28 points on 11-for-13 shooting (2-for-3 three-point shooting) with 10 assists and two steals in 38 minutes.

Jefferson added 25 points on 11-for-13 shooting, which included 3-for-3 three-point shooting. Before Saturday, Jefferson was 0-for-7 in his career from three-point range.

Ben McLemore led KU with 23 points on 8-for-16 shooting with 5-for-9 three-point shooting.

With the loss, KU shares the regular-season Big 12 title with Kansas State.

KU (26-5, 14-4) will play the winner of Wednesday's West Virginia-Texas Tech game at 2 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

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