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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

Rodney Crain in reply to Bryce Landon

Don't agree Joe

Melrank

Totally agree, but I have a hard time believing you can't improve just as much in the League while making $3M a year as you can playing part time at our beloved university while trying to go to school. If it's my kid, he's gone. No doubt about it.

Bwag in reply to Aircapjay

Embiid is probably both gimp and hitting Freshman wall....

Jeff Kilgore

Who blocked the BU shot a minute ago?

Eric TheCapn in reply to Joe Ross

We do have that insurance policy.

Brian Mellor in reply to Bryce Landon

He's allowed to have a couple of those. Even in a row.

03:45 left in Second Half
Kansas 60
Baylor 49

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Aircapjay

Good point. He just might.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Tom Keegan

Live or die!

Joe Ross

"Humble guys make better decisions than prideful guys."

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Bryce Landon

Embiid 0 for 4 with 3 turnovers. Yikes.

Crimsonorblue22

Texas 20-19

Tom Keegan

Heslip has not scored since 6:38 mark of first half, by which time he had scored 12 points on four three-pointers. Selden has been on him most of time with a little bit of Mason.

Aircapjay

Burn the clock.

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Brian Powell

All I'm saying is how can BU have a worse record than KSU when you compare talent?

Chuck Wagstaff

thelionkilledjojo

Bryce Landon

Embiid having an awful game.

Joe Ross in reply to Melrank

Much respect, but thats not all that this is about. I refer you to the comments I made some time ago. You can be IN the league, but not command the kind of money you could otherwise if your contribution were greater in terms of production. The question is not entirely can you go to the league, but can you PRODUCE there? Not everyone on an NBA roster makes the same amount of money. Is there ANY ARGUMENT WHATSOEVER that can interpret our freshmen's play as anywhere close to potential? There is none.

Aircapjay

I think Tarik has earned a start next game. Let Embiid know he has to produce to be a starter and starting is not a given.

04:58 left in Second Half
Kansas 60
Baylor 49

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Brian Powell in reply to Jeff Kilgore

B12 is great this year, but you're right..

Jeff Kilgore

NO WAY should BU be 2-7 with that talent. And I thought Rick Barnes was less than mediocre.

Eric TheCapn

When we up at half, we win.

Melrank

BACK ON BLACK

Rodney Crain in reply to Melrank

Agreed

Brian Powell

Still a lotta game left.. Still a little uneasy

Bryce Landon

TARIK

Melrank in reply to Rodney Crain

I hope he makes the same strides in his game from now until next year.

Crimsonorblue22

Very proud if Tharpe tonight!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU has done a much better job taking care of the ball of late. Up to that last possession, turnovers have ben few and far between.

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Bryce Landon

BUthetic.

Rodney Crain

Perry is so soft isometimes

Jeff Kilgore in reply to Melrank

Agreed.

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Tharpe now one point shy of tying a career high (23 points at Iowa State earlier this season). He's got 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Also has 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Rodney Crain

....... Tharpe sat last 920 of Texas game.... Nice response

Jeff Kilgore

Add me to the list of those Kansas fans who said two months ago that Tharpe would lead this team. I mean to say, "I told you so." He is the most dependable player on this team. ROCK CHALK

Eric TheCapn

Show me the rainbow! Taste the rainbow.

Melrank

Either you're good enough to play in the league or you're not. Players don't get cut from teams that are too young. They get cut because they aren't good enough. Julian could have stayed two more years at KU and still wouldn't be in the league. Worse yet, everyone would have figured out he wasn't anything more than a great athlete and wouldn't have been a lottery pick. Sherron could have left after his SOPH year based on "potential" and he wouldn't be in the league either. BUT, he'd have enough money to last a lifetime with proper financial management. Strike when the iron's hot, baby!

Bryce Landon

Attendance: 8,305

Pathetic.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Eric TheCapn

I thought he could go?

Eric TheCapn in reply to Benton Smith

Well, we'll see about that!

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Benton Smith

Or some day, a wiggins

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Eric TheCapn

Frankamp has not checked in tonight.

Eric TheCapn

Show ALL the replays!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Melrank

Good call! Totally a Tony Parker runner/floater from Tharpe.

Crimsonorblue22

Sweet, nice set up wiggins!

Eric TheCapn

Has Conner played tonight? Technically coach Self said he WOULD play.

Brian Powell

Ballin. show that replay!

Bwag

Rainbow runner

Melrank

Tony Parker says "HI".

07:04 left in Second Half
Kansas 58
Baylor 47

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Joe Ross

Their defense is suspect and their offense is nowhere close to their potential.

Bryce Landon

NAADIR

Bryce Landon

Only to give up a 3 to BU

Brian Conrad

Wiggs points up now

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Melrank

I like it

Eric TheCapn

The Big XII is down to 7 schools?

Bryce Landon

WIGGINS COMING ALIVE WITH ANOTHER DUNK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe Ross in reply to Eric TheCapn

Then again, you could argue that longevity in the league, and therefore their ability to maximize time and earnings, is served by being ready. Contracts in the NBA do get renegotiated based on performance.

Bwag

Announcer wrong: Baylor 16 FT & 14 3pts

Melrank

That's a pretty dumb graphic

Eric TheCapn in reply to Brian Conrad

did he?

Zabudda

Baylor is playing a lousy game.

Brian Conrad

technical foul on Drew ... bull he can not call time out

Crimsonorblue22

Value the ball!

Maxbball11

They called a foul on a rebound omg

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

From left Jamari Traylor and Brannen Greene congratulate Andrew Wiggins, center, after Wiggins hit a long three-point basket to end the first half. Also celebrating at right are Wayne Selden and Joel Embiid Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

From left Jamari Traylor and Brannen Greene congratulate Andrew Wiggins, center, after Wiggins hit a long three-point basket to end the first half. Also celebrating at right are Wayne Selden and Joel Embiid Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. by Mike Yoder

Rodney Crain

Secure the ball perry damn it

Eric TheCapn in reply to Joe Ross

Then again, you could argue, "I have a limited amount of time to make insane amounts of money, so I'm going to make those millions every second I can."

Melrank

Mitch McGary might have another opinion.

Crimsonphoenix

Kansas finally forcing some turnovers!

Crimsonorblue22

Stay on heslip!!!

Maxbball11

Intentional foul?????

Joe Ross in reply to Joe Ross

...and its not like theyre hurting for it.

Bryce Landon

Check this out - in Fort Worth, the Longhorns lead the Horned Frogs 15-11 with 7:09 in the 1st half.

Brian Powell

First halfcourt steal by a guard.... all year??

Joe Ross in reply to Melrank

Do you know how young these guys are? The money is still going to be there. Yes. THAT kind of money.

Rodney Crain in reply to Melrank

Nice

08:45 left in Second Half
Kansas 54
Baylor 44

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Brian Conrad

and again the clock 10 point lead

Melrank

Air Wiggins

Brian Powell

CLOSE THIS OUT

Melrank in reply to Joe Ross

Not ready for what? To make about 16 million dollars over the next few years?

Bryce Landon

WIGGINS WITH THE DUNK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

09:15 left in Second Half
Kansas 52
Baylor 44

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Rodney Crain

Ice

Brian Powell

Drills the 3 during an airball chant LOL

Brian Conrad

finally wigs 52-44

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Brian Powell

Rico Gathers eats steroid testers for breakfast.

Melrank in reply to Brian Powell

Is that illegal in college?

Joe Ross

Im astounded at the kind of thinking that says freshmen should just enter the mill because thats what everyone else does. These guys are clearly not ready.

Bryce Landon

WIGGINS

Eric TheCapn

Big XII needs new refs.

Maxbball11

If refs called fouls on rebounds and screens this game would be a blow out

Brian Powell

Does Gathers get tested for steroids ever?

Melrank

Even my wife thought that was a jump ball.

Aircapjay

Where was the tie up call?

Bryce Landon

I'd say we dodged a bullet, except we can't grab the damn rebound.

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff in reply to Rodney Crain

True. Probably just feelin' it. And you can't really blame him. 20 points with 10 to play is a pretty good night.

Eric TheCapn

come ON!

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