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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Notebook: Jayhawks ‘made everything’ early to set up rout

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) smiles after some defensive hustle forced a turnover by Baylor during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) smiles after some defensive hustle forced a turnover by Baylor during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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On Saturday, Kansas set itself up for a 102-74 thumping of Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse by making six threes in the opening seven minutes, allowing the Jayhawks to get out to a 24-4 lead.

Wayne Selden, Jr., scored 24 points, one off a career high, while Devonté Graham tied a season high with 15 points, off 6-of-8 shooting. Graham had two threes in that early blitz.

Perry Ellis had 17 points and six boards.

“We were knocking down shots and getting stops defensively. That was a good lead for us,” Ellis said. “Baylor got back into the game a little bit (cutting margin to 12 at one point) but we continued to fight and got the lead up even more.”

“We were so good the first eight to 10 minutes,” Self said. “We made everything and got easy baskets and played with energy. We puttered around to finish the half. Then I thought we finished the game great. It was a great first 10 minutes and great last 10 minutes. We played even the middle 10 minutes. Everyone contributed. Wayne was fabulous, unbelievable.”

He’s OK: KU junior Brannen Greene, who had eight points in 18 minutes, was in great pain late in Saturday’s game after getting hit in the arm.

“It was my funny bone, I think. I’m fine,” Greene said after the contest.

Mickelson shines: Hunter Mickelson had seven points, six boards and three blocks in 17 minutes.

“He was active. His length bothers people,” Self said. “All our bigs contributed and did some good things, all six. I felt Hunter today was the best he’s played as a starter in the minutes he’s got.”

Carlton Bragg had six points and three boards in 10 minutes; Cheick Diallo had four points and two boards in six minutes.

New intro video: KU unveiled a new video before the start of Jayhawk player introductions.

“The video was great. It’s the first time I’ve seen a video like that,” said Frank Mason III. “They did a great job of putting that together. Definitely with the energy in the gym, it got us pumped and ready to play.”

This, that: KU has won 25 straight conference openers. ... KU has won 31 in a row in Allen and six straight vs. Baylor. ...  It marked KU’s first 100-point scoring effort in Big 12 play since scoring 108 at Iowa State (2/25) in 2013. ... The Jayhawks went 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) from three. The 11 treys were the most in a conference game since 11 in an overtime game against West Virginia on March 2, 2013. ... Selden had 18 points the first half. His high in a half is 19 last season against Iowa State.

— See what people were saying about the game during KUsports.com’s live coverage


More news and notes from Kansas vs. Baylor



By the Numbers: Kansas 102, Baylor 74

By the Numbers: Kansas 102, Baylor 74

Comments

Jerry Walker 3 years, 6 months ago

The first video was not too hot...the video editors were way too cute with the fast paced cuts between frames...making things hard to recognize. But that's a problem with most of them...just watch commercials on TV, they're generally awful.

The Allen Fieldhouse video was a lot better. Still too fast on the image switching but I loved the triple exposures.

Thanks for the video link!

Bryce Landon 3 years, 6 months ago

As far as I'm concerned, Kansas won the game in the first ten minutes of the first half. We looked somewhere between good and ordinary from that point until the under-8 timeout of the second half, when we shifted into turbo again. The final score is deceiving, because I don't feel like we gave a full forty minutes.

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