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Kansas defeats Baylor, 66-60

  • 7 p.m., Feb. 23, 2016
  • The Ferrell Center, Waco, TX

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Never say die: Jayhawks’ resiliency keys comeback win at BU

KU now a win away from at least share of Big 12 title

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) claps as he leaves the court to the applause of a handful of Jayhawk fans following their 66-60 win over Baylor, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. At right is Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34).

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) claps as he leaves the court to the applause of a handful of Jayhawk fans following their 66-60 win over Baylor, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. At right is Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34).

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— Kansas University’s basketball team staggered home from Ames, Iowa on Jan. 25 with a 5-3 record in Big 12 play and a lot of folks figuring the Jayhawks’ run of 11 straight league titles was nearing an unsightly end.

“Just a couple weeks ago we were in fourth place. People had us out of this race. I kept telling the guys, ‘Believe, believe. Keep your confidence in yourself. Come out and practice hard and do your best to prepare for every game,’’’ KU junior guard Frank Mason III said after the Jayhawks’ 66-60 victory over Baylor on Tuesday in Ferrell Center.

The resilient squad’s never-say-die attitude — KU (24-4, 12-3) trailed by eight points with 14:38 to play against a Baylor (20-8, 9-6) squad that was dominating the backboards — has resulted in seven straight victories in conference action, and counting the ‘W’ against Kentucky, eight in a row overall.

It’s all vaulted KU from fourth to first in the league.

KU, in fact, can assure itself a 12th straight Big 12 crown Saturday with a victory against Texas Tech (11 a.m., Allen Fieldhouse).

“It means a lot, man,” KU senior Perry Ellis said Tuesday after scoring 15 points with two rebounds, three assists and two blocks despite playing with 12 stitches in his head and a glassy right eye. He was injured in Saturday’s victory at Kansas State.

“We never gave up on each other. We knew we’d have to keep fighting game by game and it’d fall in our favor,” Ellis added.

KU coach Bill Self, who was furious at halftime after a Wayne Selden Jr., charging foul at 1.9 seconds was followed by a full-court pass by Ishmail Wainright to Rico Gathers, who stroked a three from the left corner over Landen Lucas to give the Bears a 36-33 lead — “I got on ’em hard at halftime, probably too hard,” the coach said — was jubilant after the contest.

“It’s a cool deal no matter what, no matter where you are,” Self said of getting a chance to win the league, whether at home or on the road Saturday. “I told our players it would be nice to get a share of it in front of our fans, at least clinch a tie and have a chance to obviously win it outright next week (Monday at Texas). I certainly hope our fans appreciate what these kids have done this last month. What is that, eight in a row against unbelievable competition?” the coach asked.

“When we didn’t play well ... when we did play well. When we made free throws ... when we didn’t make free throws. When we rebounded, when we didn’t, it’s still been guys toughing it out. It’s an early morning start obviously, 11 a.m. I think it’ll be a pretty juiced crowd because these kids ... they’ve fought pretty hard,” Self added.

The Jayhawks used a late 11-2 run to turn a 55-53 deficit (at 4:11) into a 64-57 lead at :08.2.

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First, Ellis hit two free throws to tie the score at 55, then Lucas came up with the basketball following a turnover by guard Lester Medford, seemingly exhausted after dribbling all over the Bears’ end of the court on that 30-second possession. 

On the other end, Seldens miss was put back by Lucas (10 boards, five points) for the points that put KU ahead for good, 57-55. Taurean Prince hit a layup following one of two Mason free throws and KU led, 58-57 at 1:58. Selden grabbed an offensive board to keep a possession alive, then Selden (six points, six boards) flushed an alley-oop from Graham. After a Medford miss, Selden scored a driving layup and KU led, 62-57, at :28.

“Wayne did a great job on Prince (12 points, 4-13 shooting). Those offensive rebounds (four) were special,” Self said of Selden. “His drive, scoop shot and lob catch were great. Landen guarded Motley (Johnathan, eight points, 3-10 shooting) great down the stretch. To play the last nine minutes without fouling and control the glass for an eight-minute stretch (KU was out-boarded 33-28) when we hadn’t done it all game was good.”

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Lucas and Selden were resilient, never just chalking it up as one of those nights, instead battling until the end.

“It was tough. Coach challenged Wayne and I the whole time,” Lucas said. “The good thing is even if the offense isn’t coming from either of us, one thing we can do is create possessions, which we did late. Toward the end it flipped where we started getting the offensive rebounds. That helped us win the game.”

KU hit 50 percent of its shots, including eight of 19 threes, and made 12 of 17 free throws. Baylor hit 36.1 percent, eight of 20 threes and eight of nine charities.

The KU effort means Saturday’s game could be a red-letter day in fieldhouse history, with 12 titles in a row on the line still with three games remaining.

“It’s awesome, especially since we could do it at home in front of our fans,” Lucas stated. “About a month ago a lot of people were doubting us. To do it with a couple games left would be special.”

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By the Numbers: Kansas 66, Baylor 60

By the Numbers: Kansas 66, Baylor 60

Comments

Timothy Rake 3 years, 3 months ago

No doubting these guys now. No second guessing Bill Self's system.

John Pritchett 3 years, 3 months ago

When we lost those 3 road games, there was a sense of deja vu, because every year we go through a stretch like that. It seems more often than not we're against the ropes and it'll take a miracle for us to keep the stretch alive, and time after time the Jayhawks come through. I honestly don't know how. This is the best that the Big 12 has ever been, top to bottom, and it's looking like this won't even be our toughest battle for the title down the stretch. Unbelievable.

Yonatan Negash 3 years, 3 months ago

Must admit, this team has come together better than I had imagined couple weeks ago.

Nonetheless, happy to see the team play well.

Steve Macy 3 years, 3 months ago

Scrappy team, not the most talented in KU history, but they fight. RCJH

Mike Tackett 3 years, 3 months ago

Guys I was heading for the life boats about four weeks ago....I was wrong. Bring it home, all the way, pedal to the metal.

Tom Longhofer 3 years, 3 months ago

Our road uniforms should look like security shirts since we've done such a good job keeping the fans from rushing the court lately.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

i think they were for Black History month - 50's era when KU gave out the first black scholarships in the program's history.

W Keith Swinehart II 3 years, 3 months ago

Unbelievable overdrive finish! Offense and defense...relentless effort to take this game home. No one is going to take the Big Twelve crown away.

Bville Hawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Anybody else out there wish Hudy would learn to chew gum like a lady?

Adam Collins 3 years, 3 months ago

I'm pretty sure Hudy is more "man" than all of us put together.

Elias Dunlavy 3 years, 3 months ago

as long as she continues to get the guys physically ready she can chew gum however she wants

Jeremy Wilhelm 3 years, 3 months ago

I literally could not care less about how she chews her gum.

Jay Scott 3 years, 3 months ago

A couple weeks ago one of the Chicken Littles wanted Self AND Hudy replaced. Said that the players are weak and soft. When they add Hudy you know for certain that they're certifiable.

RJ King 3 years, 3 months ago

No. And you're implying it's OK when a man chews gum with his mouth open.

Andrea is completely invested in our team. She likely has a lot of nervous energy during games. This lady probably has work hours and physical demands you or I couldn't handle. Her ability and performance have shot her through a glass ceiling. I'm extremely proud to have this lady representing our team and university.

A real gentleman would figuratively open the door for her in every way possible.

Jay Scott 3 years, 3 months ago

If you've ever met her you know that she is charming and gracious. In the shifting sands of society's definition of a lady, she embodies all the positive qualities that any ideal includes.

Jim Stauffer 3 years, 3 months ago

While there are no All Americans on this team it is one of the best units playing together we have had for awhile.

I admit I doubted Self earlier. No more. He is the man. To stick with the guys he did and not replace Wayne and Landen earlier when they were playing poorly shows he does know what he is doing.

These kids are playing hard and tough. That should help them go for awhile yet.

John Randall 3 years, 3 months ago

To say Wayne was playing poorly until late is simply ignoring the fact that T.Prince was held to non-factor status all night. Adding some decisive offense when things were on the line was another example of Jr. the junior, being what the team needed when the time came - a superbly prepared player taking care of business first and heroics later.

Landon also kept Bears front line from making the game a laugher all night.

RJ King 3 years, 3 months ago

Last night I was becoming really frustrated with Wayne seemingly a no show. Then it occurred to me who he was guarding, and I realized what was going on. To a lesser degree, I went through the same process with Lucas.

Self nearly always sees these little things in real time - not hindsight, hence the winning percentage and streaks.

Tony Bandle 3 years, 3 months ago

Experience is the key.

This squad has 1 five year senior, 3 four year seniors, 2 four year juniors, 3 three year juniors and 2 sophomores, a starter and another who has seen a lot of action. And, even if some of these guys are bench reserves, their practice experience is valuable.

KU may have one of the most experienced teams in all of Division 1. It's no coincidence that their about to win their 12th, are ranked #2 and are projected as a Number One Seed.

John Randall 3 years, 3 months ago

Tony, why is usage of homonyms (there- they're - their) just a multiple-choice guess?

Darrel Stice 3 years, 3 months ago

I just read a post on another site from a Jayhawk fan reminding another Jayhawk fan that we like to keep it classy as KU fans. Guess they haven't been on this site.

RJ King 3 years, 3 months ago

Dear John,

a) Tony was focused on the accuracy of the (quite interesting) number of years of experience on our roster. He's an architect. Visual-spatial oriented.

b) In his excitement, he posted quickly and enthusiastically (not wanting to kill the buzz - like some people).

c) He knows it's a freaking sports thread, not an English paper or business correspondence.

d) All of the above.

Ludwig Supraphonic 3 years, 3 months ago

"The Jayhawks used a late 11-2 run to turn a 55-53 deficit (at 4:11) into a 64-57 lead at :08.2" I guess I need a refresher course.

Humpy Helsel 3 years, 3 months ago

Doubt Bill Self. I just don't get it unless I remind myself we are called "fans," which is the root of 'fanatics." I guess fanatics aren't really people who use their intellect as much as the blind extremism. I guess when the streak finally ends, we fanatics can just ride that sucker out of town on a rail. He'll finally gets what's comin to him, then!

Dan Mangan 3 years, 3 months ago

I remember thinking in past years that I didn't trust our point to make the right decisions and be tough in games like this. Frank (and Devonte) have shown time and time again that they can pull out these wins because they are smart and confident. They have been so fun to watch this year!

Armen Kurdian 3 years, 3 months ago

Every year we have a bad road loss. Temple, Nevada, TCU, OSU, Kentucky, over the last couple of decades, and it angers us. It's very frustrating, but then I guess everyone has a game or two like that. And Joe Lunardi said it pretty well last night, that the current #1 crop is probably the weakest it has been in a long time, that no #1 seeds this year would have been clear cut #1s last year. There's probably a good 10-12 teams that could possibly end up w/a #1 seed depending on what the rest of us do.

I know I get frustrated too, I'm guilty. Sometimes righteous indignation. Although I'll never forgive the team for losing to VCU a few years ago...I'd never been more angry and furious at the team in my life...not even when we lost to Bucknell.

I love my KU hoops...I always go into sports hangover when the tourney is done.

Jay Scott 3 years, 3 months ago

The weeks after the tourney are almost better than the season. Ruminating over who is staying, signing and what next year's lineup might look like next year are nearly as compelling as wondering they can really win next week. It's a disease that has no remission periods for some of us.

Jared Reeves 3 years, 3 months ago

Great win. Defensive intensity late in the second half won this game. Looks like Mason is starting to feel better (at least he is playing much better recently).

Still wish we were more consistent offensively. This team often scores in bunches. Other teams do that occasionally, but it seems like this team too often rises and falls together, which is somewhat odd. Perry can be the X-factor during these times, but sometimes he disappears the same time as everyone else.

Lots of things working out great. Always room for improvement.

Jonathan Allison 3 years, 3 months ago

I really hope that KU can take care of business Saturday.

Perry needs to rest as much as possible.

Brannen needs to have a solid game.

Cheick and Carlton need a confidence booster.

It doesn't have to be a blow out, but I really hope that KU is in control and has a comfortable lead for most of the game so that Bill Self can get the bench a lot of minutes. At UT and vs. ISU will both be battles. Then a Big XII tourney where we likely have to face one out of OSU, KSU, TTU again, as well as two out of OU, ISU, WVU.

Janet Olin 3 years, 3 months ago

Don't forget we need to keep Svi in the flow. His game is starting to blossom with extra minutes: passing, rebounding, and D all improving. Don't underestimate how important he could be if other guards get in foul trouble.

Rae Bricil 3 years, 3 months ago

Wow, again! This, in my opinion, was almost as good of road win as at OU. What a gutsy performance by the whole team—especially Mason. They were getting manhandled by bigger stronger players for a lot of the game but were able to pull this out (partially, as always, thanks to Drew’s coaching—who runs out of timeouts with 6 minutes left in the half?).

Selden and Lucas were clutch down the stretch. Not sure where they were the rest of the game but really came through when it mattered most. It is still troubling that Selden only scored six points and that Lucas can/will not shoot anything outside of a layup—crazy that he has the basketball 10 ft from the rim and his man take two steps back. When Selden is amiss and playing alongside Traylor and Lucas this team has some serious offensive limitations. It puts a lot of pressure Graham and Mason. KU really needs Selden to score around 15 pts per game.

Did anyone fully understand why Svi was pulled early in the second half and did not return? I saw him give up a three at the beginning of the half but didn’t notice much else. I thought he did a great job driving and breaking down the zone a couple times in the first half creating some really good offensive opportunities. Overall I thought his positive contributions outweighed his negative ones.

Jay Scott 3 years, 3 months ago

They went with the starters. That's pretty much it.

Dale Koch 3 years, 3 months ago

Svi was great the first half but we don't want him being too good as we want him to come back next year when he will really be needed!!!

Jay Scott 3 years, 3 months ago

I'm more worried about Svi playing pro ball in Russia/Ukraine next year and going to the NBA from there. It likely comes down to how much he likes American living and whether or not some lovely Kansas girl keeps him happy.

Barry Weiss 3 years, 3 months ago

what do you think will happen with Diallo? I know we all believe he is not nba ready, but will some team take him on his "potential" talent alone and ship him to their d league?

Jay Scott 3 years, 3 months ago

No clue. He isn't a unique enough physical specimen to be drafted highly on potential alone, IMHO.

Kelly Pierce 3 years, 3 months ago

I think Svi was inserted early in the second half to give Selden a message. Selden had a poor possession early and Self took him out for maybe 30 seconds and then put him back in for Svi. I too though Svi played really well the first half, but Self gave Selden a wake-up call early in the second half and then played pretty well from there. I do not think Svi made a mistake to be taken out.

RJ King 3 years, 3 months ago

I noticed the same thing. I was surprised how quickly Self put Selden back in. I don't remember the significance of the score, but I would've expected Wayne to stay out another minute or two.

Brianna Zaleski 3 years, 3 months ago

Jay,

Give the old woman back her hearing aids. Psycho

Jay Scott 3 years, 3 months ago

You do need help, don't you? Is this one of those third grade things where you can't stop making rude comments to someone you have a crush on? Sorry, not interested. You're aiming WAY too high.

RJ King 3 years, 3 months ago

Not taking sides, but this thread really didn't need that comment.

Nick Kramer 3 years, 3 months ago

Questions for the group - unrelated to last night's game. Why does Lunardi have KU penciled in for St. Louis when Des Moines is closer? Can the committee assign a #1 team anywhere or does closest prevail? Finally, was there any consideration in October/November to redshirt Lagerald Vick (29 pts.in 75 min.)?

Michael Morgan 3 years, 3 months ago

Having seen LV's play, I don't think he needs to worry about red shirting. Doubt he stays 4 yrs. We'll be able to do our own version of Havoc next season and platoon these guys in and out and wear opponents slick. It's feast or famine. We bitched and moaned about not having guards. Now we are flush with them. Good ones. Our only soft spot is a big rim protecting scorer at the 5. Bill seems to have navigated around that weakness well thus far.

Jay Scott 3 years, 3 months ago

Vick goes pro before he graduates? I don't think so.

RJ King 3 years, 3 months ago

"doubt he stays 4 years."

It sounds like you see NBA talent, rather than a transfer?

Colby Hebert 3 years, 3 months ago

I saw someone mention our experience.. How would we have any experience if we had 10 ESPN top 20 ranked freshman every year like most of you people want, You want to be like Kentucky so bad?

You kill Self over recruiting yet then laud experience. The fact we have any seniors or juniors starting should mean Self sucks at recruiting right?

The idiocy is unbelievable.

You also slam him for his recruiting this year..Who exactly do we need?

We will be better next year. We got Mason, Devonte, and Vick coming back. Imagine a 19 year old Svi. Bragg with 20 more pounds. If Diallo stays....

It could be an absolutely ridiculously good team next year..

With no one and done starting....

Unless you are bringing coach K over, can we finally get off Self's ass? He is ELITE. Who is better that will come here? Get over it and enjoy it because when he is gone you will never have another like him.

Michael Morgan 3 years, 3 months ago

I heard that ID10T(pronounced either idiot, or in secret code: eye dee ten tee) Adam Schein and Garry Parrish slamming Bill Self over not enough post season success saying he doesn't consider Self an elite head coach no matter how many conference titles he has. Schein and Parrish in a separate show, oooed and aaahhhd over their absolute LOVE for Jim Boeheim, This was in the middle of his suspension btw. They downplayed his post season failures and hyped up his regular season record. Bill Self has had more post Season success in 12 years than Syracuse has since the inception of their basketball program! They call themselves journalists.

RJ King 3 years, 3 months ago

Well, Schein graduated form the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse. It is no doubt, the top J-school in the country (ASU and a few others nipping at its heels). But Schein's biased opinion of the basketball program is undermining his credibility. I didn't hear the show, but there is an East Coast Boeheim "bubble" in which their fans live. I know. I live with one.

I do think Syracuse was very unfairly punished for it's infraction. Retributions were much too harsh for the crime.

Parrish has always been a Calipari fan. But I generally find most of his musings to be pretty accurate, including his 25 and-one list.

Colby Hebert 3 years, 3 months ago

I myself view the Kentucky-Calipari one and done experiment as a failure. I do not care how sexy it is to have all the McDonalds players. That food is poison anyway. Sure you get to a couple final fours and win a title (Self has also done this..) You also LOSE TO ROBERT MORRIS IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE NIT TOURNAMENT

Rae Bricil 3 years, 3 months ago

Not saying i want KU going down Cal's path but i wouldn't call it a failure-- 4 final fours in the last 5 years including a NC.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 3 months ago

This year's team is essentially last year's minus Kelly Oubre, since none of our freshmen have played significant roles this year. That's not a slam on Cheick or Carlton, as they are clearly stars for the future. It just means that each of our starters has gotten better, plus Landen has become a true force to be reckoned with (I know, you shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition, but really who cares!).

One observation that I have made over the years is that KU has consistently had success over Baylor, even though, most times, they look pretty equal on paper. As others have said, the key difference sits on the bench, although he stands most of the game. It of course is Coach Self, and last night's results magnify how big that difference is.

Coach Self is a premier individual and leader. He challenges the players to get better. He doesn't allow them to be lazy defensively by playing a zone or hybrid defense unless he feels it can help them win a game.

He is also a master strategist. He lit a spark under Wayne Selden at just the right moment, and he didn't use all of his timeouts too early in the second half like Scott Drew, who probably wishes he had one toward the end of the game.

Bottom line, I love being a Jayhawk fan and wouldn't trade positions with anyone.

RJ King 3 years, 3 months ago

regarding preposition ending sentences:

"This is the sort of nonsense up with which I will not put."
Winston Churchill

Jay Scott 3 years, 3 months ago

Well played. RJ King is the queen of this board.

Barry Weiss 3 years, 3 months ago

anyone know when Josh Jackson will announce? I thought it was around now.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 3 months ago

Great, RJ! I am a big Winston Churchill fan. I especially like the one about the repartee between him and Lady Astor when she said at a party, "Mr. Prime Minister, you are quite drunk", to which Mr. Churchill said, "Yes, madam, I am quite drunk. However, you are quite ugly, and tomorrow, I will be indisputably sober."

RJ King 3 years, 3 months ago

Perhaps he had been drinking from one of these - the bottles he painted in "Bottlescape." Winnie's artistic ability is fairly impressive.

No doubt you've been to the museum at Westminster College in Fulton, MO? Another favorite is the Churchill war rooms in London. What an amazing man!

Tony Bandle 3 years, 3 months ago

All of you guys and gals are great. Let's play ten questions. YES or NO.

1] KU will have a player named Wayne on the roster next season?

2] Landen will learn to shoot a ten footer and totally screw up every defense KU faces?

3] Devonte will improve by the same measure as he did this year?

4] Svi will be speaking Ukranian this time next year?

5] The Number 13 will be unlucky?

6] Coach Roy Williams cries at least twice next season?

7] Does anyone care that Hudy chews gum like a longshoreman?

8] Bragg will make a bigger impact than Diallo?

9] This time next year will our new president be wearing lipstick?

10] This time next year will our new president have the worst comeover in history?

Please restrict your answers to YES, SI, YOU BETCHA, OUI, HUBBA HUBBA or NO, NAW. NO FRIKKIN' WAY, NYET, OH FOR GOD'S SAKE.

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