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Kansas defeats Baylor, 69-52

  • 6 p.m., Feb. 4, 2014
  • The Ferrell Center, Waco, TX

Final: Kansas 69, Baylor 52.

By Matt Tait --- mtait@ljworld.com

KU junior Naadir Tharpe followed up one of his worst games (on Saturday at Texas) with one of his best.

Behind 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting from Tharpe, Kansas bounced back from its loss at Texas with a 69-52 victory in Waco, Texas.

Tharpe's big night — along with a solid showing from Perry Ellis, who finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds — came at just the right time for the Jayhawks, as freshmen Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Wayne Selden went scoreless for quite a while in this one.

In fact, Wiggins, who got it going in spurts and finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks, scored just three first-half points. Those came on a buzzer-beater heave from just beyond half court to put KU up 35-27 at the break.

Tharpe's 22 points left him one shy of tying a career-high, which he set earlier this season at Iowa State.

The victory improved KU to 17-5 overall and 8-1 in Big 12 play. Baylor falls to 14-8 and a mind-blowing 2-7 in Big 12 play.

Here’s a quick look back at some of Tuesday's action:

• The game turned when: The Jayhawks responded to Baylor closing the gap to 45-42 midway through the second half with a 15-5 run, which featured nine points from Wiggins, who started slow but found his flow momentarily in time to help Kansas deal a knockout blow.

• Offensive highlight: After some great defense by Tarik Black, Tharpe caught an outlet pass and pushed the pace. With Ellis running down the middle of the floor to distract the Baylor defense, Wiggins flew up the floor on the wing and caught a perfect pass from Tharpe and flushed it for his second consecutive bucket. The highlight finish put KU up 54-44 with around 9:00 to play. Runner-up: How about that tear-drop floater that Tharpe hit with 7:00 to play?

• Defensive highlight: With Baylor's Gary Franklin holding the ball near mid-court and looking back to BU coach Scott Drew for the play, Wiggins poked the ball away from Franklin as he turned his head and raced to the rim. Wiggins missed the layup but KU had two guys hustling down to clean up the miss.

• Key stat: Rebounding. The Jayhawks outdid the Bears 45-31 on the glass, but it was not just the number that stood out. It was the way the Jayhawks competed on the glass and went after every missed shot with a sense of urgency.

• Up next: The Jayhawks return home Saturday to take on West Virginia at 3 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks and Mountaineers have not faced each other yet this season.

Box score

Join the post game discussion

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Jeff Kilgore

I wondered that too. Then drive from Topeka?

Jeff Kilgore

Will they try to fly in tonight? I hope not.

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Melrank

Yeah, I thought about that gaffe right after I clicked post. Damn. Great courage to play with one eye.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Melrank

That's low, stay classy

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Crimsonorblue22

That's a real concern.

Melrank in reply to Jeff Kilgore

So says Isiah Austin

Crimsonorblue22

Great job, have safe trip back, crappy in ks!

Melrank in reply to Matt Tait

Classic Self Ball.

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Matt Tait

With that low of score, you'll only need one eye.

Colreader

Next game West Virginia @ THE PHOG

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Now... In case you haven't heard, TCU leads Texas 22-20 at halftime. Might be worth keeping an eye on that one the rest of the night.

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Matt Tait

At one point, it was 25-10 on the boards.

Melrank

Vitale loves Duke so much, he just called Jabari Brown Jabari Parker. Pathetic.

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Jeff Kilgore

I like Tharpe's attitude on the court. Selfless, quiet, but a tough player. He gets criticized far too much for me.

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Really strong bounce-back game from KU. Most impressive part? The final score. Didn't get into an up-and-down shootout with Baylor. Dug in and played defense and controlled the glass.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Bryce Landon

Wow!

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Bryce Landon

Maybe Mack Brown can help get UT's . . . oh, right.

Melrank in reply to Bryce Landon

LOL - go Horny Frogs!

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Jeff Kilgore

Tharpe was great! He needed that, team needed him to do that!

Bryce Landon

Interesting halftime score: Texas Christian leads Texas 22-20 at halftime.

If UT loses, I wonder if Rick Barnes will get off some Austin YMCA blasts. :)

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Crimsonorblue22

It really has helped to play size and play well. Tharpe was golden.

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Benton Smith

That's brutal. Sixteen made field goals. Take away Heslip's bombs, and what's left?

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Jeff Kilgore

This game helped!

Melrank in reply to Stupidmichael

You gotta multi-task, brother! We miss ya over here!

Chuck Wagstaff in reply to Stupidmichael

Got a link?

Jeff Kilgore

8-1 and coming home. We're in a good position.

Stupidmichael in reply to Melrank

Been on Newell's blog. Sorry!

Brian Powell

We eventually wake up, but some of these games we can't afford to take the whole first half to wake up. That will hurt in March. Good win turning it around though :D

Zabudda

We held serve

Rodney Crain in reply to Stupidmichael

Yeah step up man lol

Melrank

ROCK CHALK

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Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Melrank

I guarantee they will value that dang ball!

FINAL
Kansas 69
Baylor 52

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Melrank in reply to Stupidmichael

Dude, where you been?

Chuck Wagstaff

Strong road win. See ya Saturday.

Aircapjay

I think Baylor played like crap tonight. We lucked out.

Stupidmichael

lol, just kidding!

Stupidmichael

I'M SCARED!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

16 of 52 from the floor for Baylor. Wow. Credit KU's D.

Crimsonorblue22

This is a great road win!

Bryce Landon

Is that the Rock Chalk chant I hear in the Ferrell Center?

Melrank in reply to Jeff Kilgore

I think we could pick any 5 of us board rats and coach those guys to 2-7.

Joe Ross in reply to Melrank

Rock chalk.

Eric TheCapn

Why are the starters still in?

Rodney Crain

18 points wow with keys guys struggling

Crimsonorblue22

Heslip needs to stick w/3's

Melrank in reply to Joe Ross

That's cool.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Jeff Kilgore

I respect your job, I have many friends that are great teacher!

00:58 left in Second Half
Kansas 69
Baylor 51

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Joe Ross in reply to Melrank

Gentlemen's disagreement. I'm content to leave it there. :)

Rodney Crain in reply to Melrank

Agree

Jeff Kilgore

I wish it were possible for Self to start with BU in August to see what their record would be now. It wouldn't be 2-7.

Eric TheCapn in reply to Rodney Crain

Thanks Rodney, you too.

ROCK CHALK...

Melrank

Joe - I agree with you on Selden. He needs to come back. Not ready and won't go high enough. Wiggins and Embiid not the same deal.

01:10 left in Second Half
Kansas 67
Baylor 51

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Eric TheCapn

Our chant is as loud on the road as at home this year.

Rodney Crain

Nice win guys

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Crimsonorblue22

Thanks. I have been from time to time.

Eric TheCapn

We're in a tight spot!

Mojayhawk

start the chant

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Melrank

I haven't told her yet.

Chuck Wagstaff

Selden could become another Releford on D

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Jeff Kilgore

I'm sure you were a great influence on many kids!

Melrank

"There in a tough spot right here" - Capt. Obvious

Jeff Kilgore

The chant!

Eric TheCapn

Selden is destroying Heslip.

Bwag

9 rebounds for Ellis

Melrank in reply to Jeff Kilgore

Me, too, and my wife said I could :)

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Bryce Landon

Squirt that eye blood, TCU!

Brian Mellor

Selden should have been on Heslip since the start of first half.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Jeff Kilgore

Congrats!

Diane Erb

Selden has been amazing on defense

Melrank

Apparently, Bill finally got through to Jo?

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Eric TheCapn

I'm retiring from a 30-year teaching career in May. Then I'll be the GM of my own life!

Colreader

We be whoopin' 'em

Chuck Wagstaff

FG - KU 48% BU 32%

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Bryce Landon

Wow!

02:47 left in Second Half
Kansas 64
Baylor 51

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Melrank in reply to Eric TheCapn

LOL - mine too!

Bryce Landon in reply to Diane Erb

How big would it be if we won tonight and Texas lost to Texas Christian!

Melrank

Was that an Embiid Sighting?

Eric TheCapn in reply to Jeff Kilgore

My job as a GM is very secure.

03:00 left in Second Half
Kansas 61
Baylor 51

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bryce Landon

EMBIID FINALLY!!!!

Melrank in reply to Bwag

I think you might be surprised how much guys have the opportunity to work on their games in the League. Practice? Probably not. But, lots of time to work on their games.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Joe Ross

I agree

Rodney Crain

Let's CLOSE THIS OUT

Jeff Kilgore

The thing about Embiid has nothing to do with KU or even him. It has to do a lot with your job as a GM. Imagine you passing on Embiid and he turns out to be even half of an Olajuwon. You lost your job on that whiff.

Chuck Wagstaff

He Scored!

Bwag in reply to Aircapjay

Don't disagree necessarily. Rest 'em and get them healthy

Joe Ross in reply to Melrank

If it's my kid and I have the money to provide a very comfortable life for him in the meantime, he stays. Just a difference of opinion.

Bwag in reply to Melrank

They don't practice in the League nearly as much

Aircapjay in reply to Bwag

Ok. Fine. Let Tarik start then.

Eric TheCapn in reply to Crimsonorblue22

+2

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Bwag

He's getting tougher. I love to see him shoot that 12 footer.

Melrank in reply to Chuck Wagstaff

LOL

Crimsonorblue22

I think he does whatever makes him happy!

Eric TheCapn in reply to Melrank

+1

Diane Erb

Texas 20 TCU 20

Bwag in reply to Jeff Kilgore

Looked like Perry jumped up there

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