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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas center Cole Aldrich laughs with teammate Chase Buford as they stretch before tipping off against Baylor, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Cole Aldrich laughs with teammate Chase Buford as they stretch before tipping off against Baylor, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU survives Baylor, 81-75

Baylor gave the Jayhawks a run for their money Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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How would you grade KU's performance against Baylor's zone defense in the Jayhawks' victory Wednesday?

  • A 11% 376 votes
  • B 53% 1766 votes
  • C 27% 900 votes
  • D 5% 180 votes
  • F 1% 46 votes
  • Undecided 0% 20 votes

3288 total votes.

Kansas University improved to 15-2 all-time against Baylor, 9-0 in Lawrence. This marks the fourth-straight year that KU has won its first three Big 12 games. KU extended its homecourt win streak to 53 games.

KU has 200 all-time wins against Big 12 competition since the league’s inception in 1996-97. The Jayhawks are the first team in the league to amass 200 victories in conference play.

Junior guard Brady Morningstar made his first start of the season, replacing Tyshawn Taylor. Taylor had five assists and no turnovers. Morningstar had five points, three assists and two steals.

Freshman Xavier Henry had seven steals, most since Russell Robinson’s eight versus Yale on Dec. 29, 2007. It’s the most steals by a KU frosh since steals were recorded as stats during the 1988-89 season. KU had 15 steals, most by KU in a Big 12 game since 15 against Kansas State on March 1, 2008.

Baylor shot 52.1 percent, marking the first time in 92 games that a Kansas opponent topped the 50 percent mark. The last Jayhawk opponent to hit more than half of its shots was Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 9, 2007 (51 percent).

Marcus Morris had 22 points, one off a career high. He hit eight of 11 shots. In three Big 12 games this season, Morris has shot 22-for-29 (75.8 percent) and is averaging 20.3 points per game.

Comments

kjohnson 4 years, 9 months ago

Gary,

I wish you wouldn't also buy into the bogus idea that the Big 12 is a new conference. That's crap that the Texas teams conjured up and most of the media has bought into. I just hate it when the media reports that a new all-time conference record has been achieved, when in fact the real record still exists by a Big 8 or Big 7 player or team (e.g. Danny Manning is the league's all-time scorer). It just disrespects the history of the league and all it's players and coaches, which actually extends back to 1910 with the creation of the Missouri Valley Conference and then morphed into the Big 6, the Big 7, Big 8 and now the Big 12.

Aside from the oversight by the media on this issue, the shame really belongs to the Big 8 folks who gave up virtually everything to get the four Texas teams to join. We not only lost the headquarters, the tournament site, but 50 or so years of outstanding history.

You would be a good one to lead the effort to get the Big 12 executives and the national media to recognize it's long and illustrious history (which can't be found on it's web site by the way).

Ken Johnson HoopsZone.net

northleavitt 4 years, 9 months ago

Ken:

I would like to suggest that you and Bill Mayer lead that effort. Seems like a great idea. Perhaps you can pick Bill up in your covered wagon on your way to meet the Big 12 executives. In the meantime, I would respectfully request that Gary continue to write timely and informative articles about our Jayhawks.

Sincerely,

Northleavitt

Seth Peattie 4 years, 9 months ago

Dear Ken Johnson at "HoopsZone.net

You would be a good one to lead the effort in SUCKING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No one respects you so shut your poop mouth.

Mark Wooden 4 years, 9 months ago

Actually KU left the Missouri Valley Conference in 1928, and the Bix 6 was formed so therefore any conference records would be MVC records.

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