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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Scott Drew: KU clearly nation’s top team

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) hangs for a shot in the lane against Baylor forward Rico Gathers (2) and guard Al Freeman (25) during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) hangs for a shot in the lane against Baylor forward Rico Gathers (2) and guard Al Freeman (25) during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Roughly 18 minutes after the final horn sounded on his team's 102-74 loss at second-ranked Kansas University, Baylor coach Scott Drew tried to scoop the Associated Press voters whose weekly Top 25 ballots are due Sunday night.

“I think there's no doubt who the No. 1 team in the nation is,” Drew said in his opening statement to the media inside Allen Fieldhouse. “If they're shooting like this and they take care of the basketball (and) defend, it's gonna be hard for anybody to beat 'em.”

That certainly was the case for the Bears (10-3 overall, 0-1 Big 12) on Saturday, when KU (12-1, 1-0) raced out to a 24-4 lead and never looked back en route to becoming the first team to top 80 points against Baylor in 61 games. Entering Saturday, that was the Big 12's longest streak of holding opponents to 79 points or fewer. But given that KU shattered the mark by 23 points, the Bears surely left town feeling like the streak was a distant memory.

“We thought if we could do what our zone did last year to 'em,” Drew began. “Slow 'em down a little bit, give ourselves a chance to make it a game, take the crowd out of it.... (That) obviously didn't happen.”

Not even close.

KU's torrid start had more than a little to do with that. Asked if they could explain what went wrong in the opening six minutes, when KU shot 75 percent from the floor and 85 percent from three-point range, Baylor's Taurean Prince remained silent and senior guard Lester Medford gave it a shot.

“They just hit some great shots, played good basketball, got on a good run and stuck with it the whole game,” said Medford, who tallied 15 points in 34 minutes. “They're a great team. Anytime you come to Kansas, you know that they are going to bring it.”

Saturday, in many ways, redefined 'bringing it.' The Jayhawks topped 100 points for the third time this season and the first time against a Big 12 foe since 2013. In addition to being the most points ever scored by Kansas against Baylor, the 28-point victory also marked KU's biggest beat-down of the Bears since 1998, when KU topped BU, 94-47, in Lawrence.

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Selden, Ellis, Graham on blowing out Baylor

Kansas basketball players Wayne Selden Jr., Perry Ellis and Devonté Graham discuss the Jayhawks' Big 12-opening, 102-74 victory over Baylor, and a little about likely being ranked No. 1 next week.

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KU junior Wayne Selden Jr. certainly looked like he was gunning for those types of numbers. Selden, KU's leading scorer, who, with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, now has topped 18 points five times this season, fell one point shy of tying a career-high and left quite an impression on the Bears.

“Much more mature player,” Drew said. “Confident. He can do more. You look out there and he's a man now. That's what you get when you get juniors and seniors.”

Added Prince: “He's definitely improved his three-point threat, and he's always been a good driver. So when you become a good three-point shooter it opens up a lot for you. He put on a show today.”

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Bill Self on beating Baylor, facing OU on Monday

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self discusses the Jayhawks' 102-74 win over Baylor to open Big 12 play, and the coming Big Monday showdown at Allen Fieldhouse with Oklahoma.

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It may be crazy-early in the Big 12 season, but Drew seemed to leave Lawrence with the firm belief that the Jayhawks remained the favorite to win conference title No. 12 in a row.

“If anything,” he said. “They might be tough to coach because they've got too many options, too many weapons.”

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


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By the Numbers: Kansas 102, Baylor 74

By the Numbers: Kansas 102, Baylor 74

Comments

Joe Joseph 3 years, 6 months ago

I dislike Scott Drew marginally less now.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 6 months ago

I have always liked him, who else provides us with 1-2 wins a year?

Kent Richardson 3 years, 6 months ago

Gee Rodney, tell us how you really feel. Lol.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 6 months ago

lol Kent. When you look at all the talent Drew has had you would think he could have done more with it. Reminds me of Pastner at Memphis. Both can flat out recruit, they just do not seem to get the results you would think they could. Nice coaches, nice programs, and I always look forward to playing them too.

Andrew Ralls 3 years, 6 months ago

Just 1-2? Almost every Big 12 coach, I guess.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 6 months ago

Come on, now. That little incident where he took his team out during the video was six years ago. Get over it. I have nothing but respect for Scott Drew. He took a Baylor program that was on the verge of getting the NCAA Death Penalty for Dave Bliss' sins and transformed them into a national power.

Tom Jones 3 years, 6 months ago

I don't. He's a bozo and a dirty recruiter.

Always nice to see Bill put a clown suit on him 2-3 times a year.

Kent Kossoy 3 years, 6 months ago

Unfortunately, the best part was over before CBS made any effort to broadcast this game!!!!

Daniel Kennamore 3 years, 6 months ago

Any word on Greene? He seemed to be in a quite a bit of pain when he came out.

Gerry Butler 3 years, 6 months ago

Greene, is ok, sad he just hit his funny bone really hard. thumb is fine

Humpy Helsel 3 years, 6 months ago

With all the flattered comments in the world from Coach Drew, I'm not buying it all just yet. I watched OU and ISU tonight. This is going to be one tough conference to win this year. Where do you steal some road games? Texas? Not going to be easy there. Texas Tech? Tubby has it going on down there. OSU? TCU? Hopefully. Kansas State? Damn. I want that one bad! We need a rim protector! While both OU and ISU can shoot the 3 with the best of them, the real damage was done at the rim by both teams.

Joe Joseph 3 years, 6 months ago

No doubt it will be tough. Fortunately, Kansas has an advantage over every other team -- Allen Field House.

14-4 most likely wins the conference. There may be no easy road games, but there are easier road games. TCU, OSU, Tech, Texas (especially without Ridley), and K-State look to be the most winnable road games. I suspect KU drops one of those, but wins at least one against the remaining more talented teams in the league. Hold serve at home and that's a 14-4, championship record. It's that easy!!

Bryce Landon 3 years, 6 months ago

Personally, I wouldn't be shocked if two or three teams finished tied for first in the league this year.

Doug Cramer 3 years, 6 months ago

You want a rim protector ? You got it. His name is Hunter Mickelson.

Len Shaffer 3 years, 6 months ago

Yep. Not to mention that Diallo will get better and be more of a factor as the season goes along.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 6 months ago

After watching OU-ISU I want to see how we defend OU Monday night, that will set the tone for how good we really are this year. When we shoot like that it hides any weakness we have. Lon will have them ready Monday night and it will take a solid effort to beat them. ISU played well but I think we will match up very well with them, OU looks dangerous. Shooters, drivers, experience and coaching.

Looking forward to another well played game. Great effort today! Somebody needs to fire up Perry, when he plays aggressive he adds another dimension to the team.

Hope Greene is ok.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 6 months ago

Oklahoma is dangerous, but Iowa State showed that they're not invincible. Plus, OU had to play ISU at home. They'll have to face us in our house.

Kent Richardson 3 years, 6 months ago

"When we shoot like that it hides any weakness we have." Perfect.

OU and ISU was mostly they didn't or couldn't stop each other. What I like best about OU is they miss bunnies. Seven by my count. The thing that stood out was the dribble penetration success of both teams and the defense on Hield where he disappeared for stretches. Also OU didn't let ISU get up by more than six by making shot after shot to hang in.

We will need to guard every inch of the floor and hope Hunter can block and alter like last night. Then we have to keep attacking in transition all game long. OU is not a team you want to get down to. No under 40 point halves allowed.

I like our starters enough to feel confident to stay in the game. Then our bench will have to contribute on both ends. Jamari could be key. Not sure we can expect much from anyone else and our tentative freshman. In an up and down game maybe an extra athletic Vick could be a plus.

Brannen and Svi have been providing effort but can't shoot straight anymore. Their matador defense is not getting it done. In the OU game I think they will need to score to keep a lead or keep it close.

This will be either, make a statement that we are really good, still a work in progress or not a top level team this year. Or maybe back to the drawing board. Lol.

Hunter was pretty effective at the five?

Rodney Crain 3 years, 6 months ago

Buddy and Monte/Deonte of ISU were hard to guard. Dribble penetration is exactly what I saw too.

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