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