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Monday, January 14, 2013

Bears struggle to find explanations for shooting woes

Kansas players Travis Releford (24) and Jeff Withey get in the face of Baylor guard Brady Heslip during the first half on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas players Travis Releford (24) and Jeff Withey get in the face of Baylor guard Brady Heslip during the first half on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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The Baylor Bears found different ways to bemoan their poor offensive performance following their 61-44 loss to the fourth-ranked Kansas University men's basketball team on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

"We weren't going strong to the basket like we should've, like we usually do," senior guard A.J. Walton said.

"We didn't play our game today, we played their game," admitted freshman center Isaiah Austin.

"I thought Kansas really did a great job defensively," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "All year long we've been a lot better with the ball, and that's the most disappointing thing."

Whether it was a lack of tenacity, an absence of style or coughing it up too many times that caused Monday's madness for the Bears, one statistic spelled out just how bad things were better than any words could.

The Bears' 23.2-percent clip from the floor was their worst field-goal performance since at least the 1997-98 season. BU's worst effort in that time was 24.5-percent shooting in a 49-46 loss to UMKC in 1998.

"Defense wasn't played at the free throw line and we still shot 60 percent there," said Drew of his team's 14-of-23 showing at the free throw line on Monday. "We've got to do a better job shooting the ball."

Although the Bears (11-5 overall, 3-1 Big 12) pinpointed plenty of reasons for their off night, they made sure to give credit to the Kansas defense, which KU coach Bill Self called "exceptional."

The Jayhawks blocked 13 shots, 10 in the first half, dominated 38-14 in points in the paint and held Baylor sharp-shooter Brady Heslip scoreless on just three shots in 17 minutes.

There's more.

Baylor tied a season-low with 20 points in the first half and set season lows for points (44), assists (six) and field goal percentage, while committing the second most turnovers (16) they had all season.

"Sometimes that happens," Austin said. "Tonight was very physical. It's the Big 12, the most physical conference out there. That's what we expected when we came here."

And that's exactly what they got.

By far the most glaring advantage for the Kansas defense came inside, where KU center Jeff Withey, the man regarded by most as the nation's best shot blocker, invited others to his block party. Withey still led the team, with three, but Jamari Traylor (three), Kevin Young (two), Ben McLemore (two), Perry Ellis (two) and Travis Releford (one) joined in on the fun.

"I was surprised by that," Drew said of KU's success protecting the rim. "With our size and length, we block a lot of shots and we practice against good shot-blockers. So normally, when we play against shot-blockers, it's not that big of an adjustment."

The Bears are now just 3-19 all-time against KU (15-1, 3-0) and 0-11 in games played in Lawrence.

"We knew that the home court was going to be to the advantage of Kansas," freshman forward Rico Gathers said. "I knew it's one of the toughest places to play in college basketball and all of basketball. I already knew what to expect. But, defensively, I felt the home-court advantage played to their side. We're in their place, so we knew we weren't gonna get calls anyway."

Comments

Eric Mitchell 1 year, 9 months ago

Great defensive outing, but a poor shooting night. I liked Perry's aggressiveness even though he took a few bad shots.

KawJayhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

HCBS is 27&8 on big Monday and 15&0 in Allen field house on big Monday. Rock Chalk

KawJayhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

Jayhawks held the bears to 13 made field goals,that's tenacious D

Joel Thomas 1 year, 9 months ago

Yeah, Rico, you probably would have won had they just seen all those fouls.

SaltLakeHawk 1 year, 9 months ago

Rico then went on to state: "Wahhh!!!! Wahhh!!!! WAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

KawJayhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

One explanation on Baylor's shooting woes is there coach isn't any good

Bob Thompson 1 year, 9 months ago

BU's coach is good, he just didn't have his phone with him.

KawJayhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

That alley oop dunk from Elijah to B Mac reminded me of Mario to Rush.

Jeff Soisson 1 year, 9 months ago

Perry, keep being aggressive and we will do well in the tourney. You will go from 11 to 31 one day! Your stats don't matter, your will does! You are a young Danny Manning! Crush it.

Jerry Rockhold 1 year, 9 months ago

I was at the game with my youngest son. I am constantly amazed at how Baylor Coach Scott Drew does not have a clue. Late in the game with his team down by 15, there was NO sense of urgency on the Bear's part. He allowed them to walk the ball up the court on offense & not pressure on defense to try & steal & then at least foul to stop the clock. Regardless of the situation, he allows them to free-lance & do what they want. He is NOT in charge of his team in any capacity. At least Drew is consistent, consistenly CLUELESS.

Scott Drew couldn't even be a Grad Asst. on Bill Self's staff. And once again, Baylor may be under NCAA investigation soon, as Drew just finished serving a school self-imposed 2 game suspension. Wtg Scott Drew, you somehow are able to recruit talented players & manage to consistently fail to develop them into better players or into a cohesive team. I wish you the best & a long tenure at Baylor, for as long as you are there, we will continue to dominate your underachieving teams.

mschroll 1 year, 9 months ago

Wasn't Calipari once a former KU assistant coach? Yet, he's still only referred to those that know as only the nation's best recruiter, not the best coach, nor the "best program." I'm looking forward to someone eventually doing an analysis of the dynamic of recruiting vs coaching, and its result for those that move on to be coaches, future NBA stars, etc, as well as sustainability, impact, and viability for future play. When kids come out of high school, all they see is dollar signs. When proper coaches are capable of relaying this fact, then players will come to understand the benefit of actually playing under a qualified collegiate coach.

Hank Cross 1 year, 9 months ago

28 points in 28 minutes is a joke. Baylor is going nowhere. Assuming BMac comes back without problems, this conference title is done.

nostradavid 1 year, 9 months ago

Hard to believe Bill picked Baylor #1 in the conference in his preseason poll (I know he couldn't pick KU). Iowa State played a lot tougher.

jaybate 1 year, 9 months ago

Good point.

Self seems to understand Hoi is the guy he can't out think, even though Fred is taking Ls so far.

So Self is working at getting better because of Hoi. Until he can out think Hoi, he 's not giving Hoi any edges, any strokes, any confidence.

Self and Hoi could become like Wooden and Newell.

oldalum 1 year, 9 months ago

I thought he picked Ok St. Just guessing, but when looking at the ballot KU had all but one first place vote (Self's vote) and Ok St. had one first place vote. I just figured since he couldn't vote for himself he voted for OSU.

KEITHMILES05 1 year, 9 months ago

Drew doesn't get it and probably never will.

He doesn't develop his guys physically even though they can be gifted players. So what if they are tall and long if they don't have the body to go with it........it'll never work. His youngins are pushed around like boys in a man game.

Until he gets an elevated strength and condition program to add muscle mass on the upper part of those skinny kids this will continue happening. Odds are he will never do that as he is in his 10th. year and it's the same 'ole, same 'ole.

PSM 1 year, 9 months ago

I guess Scott drew got it last yeah when they beat us in th big 12 tourney...

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