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Kansas defeats Baylor, 62-52

  • 6 p.m., March 13, 2015
  • Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO

Jayhawks handle Baylor, move on to Big 12 title game

By Matt Tait ---- mtait@ljworld.com

Kansas City, Missouri — The Kansas Jayhawks opened the scoring with two three-pointers in the early going and then allowed their defense to carry the load the rest of the way.

The result was a hard-fought, 62-52 victory over Baylor that pushed the Jayhawks (26-7) into Saturday's Big 12 title game against the winner of tonight's OU-ISU semifinal.

The Bears (24-9) made just five field goals in the first half and shot 33 percent from the floor for the game, numbers that allowed Kansas to control the game from start to finish despite not having one of its best offensive outings either.

Sophomore guard Wayne Selden Jr. led KU with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting and also added 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Junior forward Perry Ellis, who returned to the starting lineup after missing two-plus games with a knee injury, added 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting and 6 rebounds and looked pretty effective in all areas. Ellis did check out with around 7:00 remaining and appeared to be limping slightly as he left the floor. He did not return. 

Sophomore point guard Frank Mason III, who took until deep in the second half to record his first points and finished 3-of-11 shooting, picked up some clutch buckets on signature Mason drives to the basket late in the game and added 8 points and 4 assists. 

The game was not always pretty but did resemble the way Kansas has won — and lost — so many games during the final few weeks of the season — a grind-it-out, hard-fought, outlast-your-opponent-and-ice-tomorrow type of battle.

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

• The game turned when: KU responded to Baylor tying things up at 17 late in the first half with a 15-1 run that covered the end of the first half and the start of the second. That spurt put Kansas up 32-18 early in the second half and proved to be just enough of a cushion for KU to ride to victory.

• Offensive highlight: There were lobs, tough finishes and even a few pretty put-backs, but the sight that was sweetest for KU fans — as well as those on the Kansas bench, perhaps — was Brannen Greene's perfectly stroked three-pointer from in front of the KU bench that put Kansas up 39-30 with just under 12 minutes remaining. The swished three did not take the lid off the basket permanently for Greene, but it ended a long drought and looked very much like those long-range bombs people were used to seeing from him midway through the season.

• Defensive highlight: In the first half, with both sides struggling to find anything that works offensively, the Bears pounded the ball into big man Rico Gathers, who had KU's Hunter Mickelson on him one-on-one. Gathers made a move right at Mickelson and then rose for a jumper in the lane. Mickelson rose higher and rejected it just as the shot came off Gathers' hand. Despite giving up all kinds of size, power, muscle and intimidation, Mickelson went toe-to-toe with Gathers and won on that occasion.

• Key stat: Baylor had just two players shoot 40 percent or better from the floor in this one, and one of them was 1-for-1. Kansas' defense — and work on the defensive glass — forced Baylor into tough shot after tough shot and kept the Bears' offense from ever finding a rhythm.

• Up next: KU advances to Saturday's title tilt against the winner of tonight's semifinal between second-seeded Iowa State and third-seeded Oklahoma. Kansas split with both teams during the regular season. The championship game at Sprint Center is slated for 5 p.m. 

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Join the post game discussion

Matt Lacey in reply to Micky Baker

I like Tank 7, and one of their barrel aged imperial darks made it down here. Phenomenal.

Anarcho_hawk

wisconsin vs michigan, cumberbund uniforms as well

Melrank in reply to Matt Lacey

Elaborate?

Micky Baker in reply to Matt Lacey

May have to settle for some Boulevard.

Matt Lacey in reply to Melrank

Coach K is a messed up individual. One of my grad school mates was friends with his daughter at Wake.

Melrank in reply to Matt Lacey

I hate Duke as much as any KU fan (or any white blooded American fan) but they deserve a 1 this year.

Matt Lacey in reply to Micky Baker

Florida. Distance and screwed up distribution laws are both factors.

Melrank

Old Roy pulling a run out of nowhere with this mediocre yet over-rated team.

Micky Baker in reply to Matt Lacey

down where? You might be able to get some Boulevard. Free State is just a microbrewery I believe so I don't think they can sell it any where else.

Crimsonorblue22

I said KU by 10! Patting myself on the back

Matt Lacey

I don't want Duke to get a 1 seed. I don't care if UVA or UNC beats them. Wisconsin deserves the other 1 seed.

Melrank

Tony Bennett is 45. Probably a little too old to replace Coach Self when he decides to call it a day. But, he would be a good choice if the age was right.

Melrank

I think the blog should stay up for an hour or so. That would be fun.

Matt Lacey

UVA with the ball down by 3 on ESPN. 41.6 left.

Lawkan in reply to Micky Baker

those two are the best matchup in the league for sure.

Micky Baker

This next game could be a really good game. It's gonna be a chippy game too, I think.

Matt Lacey

See y'all tomorrow. Too bad I can't get any Free State down here. Maybe some Tank 7 if I'm lucky.

Melrank

See ya all tomorrow! Rock Chalk, baby!!!

Micky Baker in reply to Benton Smith

Not sure what was coachable when he didn't start doing it about 90 seconds earlier.

Melrank

ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK

FINAL
Baylor 52
Kansas 62

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Welp, that late foul gives Selden 20 points.

Bryce Landon

Fans booing the Medford foul on Selden.

Melrank in reply to Lawkan

And telling them that they should let 10 extra seconds go off then foul. Ahem, which they just did.

David Davison in reply to Micky Baker

Helping us pad the score to get a #2 seed.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Micky Baker

Coaches like coachable moments.

Lawkan

he is telling them its only a four possession game.

Micky Baker

What's up with this? Baylor has no shot.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

15 for 24 at the foul line for Kansas. Selden went 4 for 10, despite all his success elsewhere.

Bryce Landon

We cracked 60!

Bryce Landon

Love hearing the Rock Chalk chant in AFH East!

Mojayhawk

Gee, Musburger thinks there is "a chance Self might lose Kelly". Duh!

Bryce Landon

Oubre w/ 2 FTs

Melrank in reply to Bigbri

Sorry to disagree - he's lottery and has to go.

00:43 left in Second Half
Baylor 47
Kansas 59

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bigbri in reply to Melrank

Worst thing he could do is go pro this year. I dont think anyone who cares about him would advise him too barring an amazing tourney that take us to the finals

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Gathers fouls out contesting an Oubre jam attempt. Guy just doesn't have any interest in conceding.

Bryce Landon

My battery is about to die.

Melrank

That was some piss poor coaching. I thought they'd waved the white flag but then I realized Drew was simply asleep on the sideline.

Don Burgundy

Jeez

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Well, it wasn't pretty, and give Baylor some credit for that, but Kansas is going to advance here with another tough/ugly win.

Micky Baker

Nobody was moving without the ball against the press.

Melrank

So, KO's interview at the point pushes him back to KU for another year! Yeah!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Mojayhawk

For sure. One of Selden's best performances in a long time.

Anarcho_hawk

if we recruited a guy with 15 foot arms, he would still brick FTs

Micky Baker

If would like to be closer to 16 or 18 of 21 from the free throw line given who has shot most of them.

Lawkan in reply to Bigbri

groundhog day.

Mojayhawk in reply to Benton Smith

Wayne's had a rough night at the line. Made up for it elsewhere.

Bryce Landon

How come KU isn't guarding Chery???

01:21 left in Second Half
Baylor 45
Kansas 57

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bigbri

Can't remember the last time we bear a top 25 team by more than 10. Its been a while..

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Kansas has made just 12 of 21 free throws tonight.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU has hit 5 of its last 7 FGs to finish strong vs. Baylor.

Bryce Landon in reply to Bigbri

5:00 pm CDT

Melrank

Maybe posting that before Jamari shot those FTs wasn't a good idea.

Joe Ross in reply to Melrank

Love it!!!!

Runningbeakers84

Heard 5p

Bryce Landon

Flagrant foul on Rico Gathers.

Bigbri

Anyone know game time tomorrow? I'll be celebrating st pats in the streets of Chicago and need to be by a TV at some point.

Melrank

3p5292

Lawkan

what time is the game tomorrow?

Bigbri

I can take a deep breath........

Melrank

The well is dry for the bears.

01:41 left in Second Half
Baylor 42
Kansas 56

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Melrank in reply to Bigbri

Or run it to zero and get a bad shot?

Bryce Landon in reply to Bryce Landon

Well, except for using up a lot of clock.

Bryce Landon

Bad possession.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Gathers finally stopped Mason from getting another layup, denied him access to the rim this time.

Bigbri

Run the shot clock to 5 and get a good shot up.

Bryce Landon

Maybe we'll crack 60 tonight!

Matt Lacey

I'm glad he's short. He'd be an early out otherwise.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Mason continuing his late-game assault on the paint. Gets another layup, and-1. KU up 56-42.

Don Burgundy

FRANKLIN

Melrank

CHIPOTLE

Bryce Landon

MASON!!!!!!!

Joe Ross

My daughter wants to say hi... [=]j'0

That's Gabi speak for "Go Hawks!"

03:01 left in Second Half
Baylor 42
Kansas 53

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Chery jumper gives him 12 points on 4/11 shooting

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Lucas gets post position on Gathers, forces a foul and gets to the foul line. His first attempts of the night are both good.

Bryce Landon

The look on Scott Drew's face was hilarious.

Joe Ross

Kansas needs that "I'm your Huckleberry" kinda attitude. You have to WANT a fight.

Bigbri

Why is Selden so bad the FT today?

Nathan Scholl

Iowa St. can score at will at ANY TIME. Going to be a tough game against them if we both win. Oklahoma would surprise me with a win tonight.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Gathers pulls down his 13th rebound. Only 9 points for the big man tonight.

Lawkan

I think NC vs ND would be much more phenomenal.

Don Burgundy in reply to Bryce Landon

Sooners

Melrank

Hammer time!

Don Burgundy

I'm all for getting as many big 12 teams in the tournament, but UT would just lose in the 1st round just like last year. Give it to a a Murray St or somebody more deserving

Mojayhawk

Does Traylor really only have 2 fouls?

Bryce Landon

Okay guys,

Bring. The. Hammer. DOWN!!!!

Melrank in reply to Bryce Landon

OU

Brad Swisher

Not sure Perry coming back in.

Bigbri in reply to Joe Ross

but if we can close it out and win by 15 then I'll have a lot of confidence going into tomorrow.

Nathan Scholl in reply to Joe Ross

You never know in this league!!

Bryce Landon

Okay guys: Who would you rather play in the finals? Iowa State or Oklahoma?

Anarcho_hawk in reply to Joe Ross

some of my best friends are nervous

Nathan Scholl in reply to Joe Ross

Yeah Joe, lot's of time left!

03:52 left in Second Half
Baylor 38
Kansas 51

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Joe Ross

Im still nervous.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Motley bucket makes BU 1 for its last 8 shots.

Melrank

I'd delete that pic if I could . . .

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