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Baylor defeats Kansas, 67-55

  • noon, Jan. 11, 2020
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Bears ‘better’ than Jayhawks in Baylor’s first ever win in fieldhouse

Deflated Kansas players Marcus Garrett (0), Udoka Azubuike (35) and Ochai Agbaji (30) make their way to the bench during a timeout in the second half as Baylor guard Davion Mitchell (45) pumps his fist on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Deflated Kansas players Marcus Garrett (0), Udoka Azubuike (35) and Ochai Agbaji (30) make their way to the bench during a timeout in the second half as Baylor guard Davion Mitchell (45) pumps his fist on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Baylor coach Scott Drew has always told his team that in order to win in Allen Fieldhouse you have to be up 10 with 3 minutes to play.

For a guy who had tried and failed 12 times before, Drew wound up being right on Saturday. And his team even gave him a little wiggle room.

Behind stellar guard play and suffocating defense, the fourth-ranked Bears led No. 3 Kansas by 15 with 2:59 to play, paving the way for a 67-55 Baylor victory that snapped the program’s 0-for-17 stretch in Lawrence.

“Actually, I was thinking maybe we needed (to be up) 15,” a water-drenched Drew joked after leaving the celebratory Baylor locker room. “We’ve been up 6 before and that didn’t workout. Down the stretch of games nowadays in basketball, things change so quick. With the crowd and momentum and how anything can happen the last couple minutes here, you’ve got to have a cushion.”

The Bears (13-1 overall, 3-0 Big 12) played with one for most of the day on Saturday, leading Kansas for 30:46 of the 40-minute game.

The Jayhawks (12-3, 2-1) trailed Baylor by 13 points at halftime and as many as 16 late in the second half before quietly succumbing to history.

The loss not only ended KU’s dominance over the Bears, but it also snapped a 28-game home winning streak for KU, put an end to a stretch of nine consecutive Kansas victories in Allen Fieldhouse over top-five teams and handed KU coach Bill Self just his 14th loss (256-14) in his 17 seasons in charge of the KU program.

Self has shown throughout the years the ability to recall even the tiniest details of many of those previous 13 home losses. But years from now, when he looks back on this one, Self likely will only remember one thing.

“They were just better than us,” Self said after the loss. “I didn’t feel anything today like I did (in 2017) when Arizona State came in here (and won). … This is sports. And when you play a team that can win a national championship, regardless of where you play them, if they’re on and you’re not, they’re going to beat you. And that’s what happened tonight.”

Baylor jumped out to a 9-3 lead but saw that early advantage quickly disappear when Kansas responded with a 9-0 run to take an early 12-9 lead.

Behind some hot shooting from senior guard Isaiah Moss, who finished with 15 points and had 10 by halftime, the Jayhawks built a 20-15 lead and appeared to be ready for a fight to the finish.

But shortly after a 3-point make by Devon Dotson with 7:55 to play in the first half, the wheels fell off.

Baylor’s defense quickly became its best offense and the Bears’ roared their way to a 22-4 run to close the first half.

“The last two minutes, or whatever, of the first half was a debacle for us,” Self said. “That made the climb obviously a lot harder. We put a little game pressure on them in the second half, but not much.”

Baylor guards Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell and MaCio Teague combined for 32 of the Bears’ 37 first-half points. And, more importantly, the ball pressure from that trio forced Kansas into 10 first-half turnovers.

KU committed just 14 turnovers for the game, but those giveaways led to 21 points for the Bears, who gave it up just five times themselves and only allowed Kansas to score two points off of turnovers.

With the Jayhawks trailing 37-24 at the break, their bid for a comeback became even more difficult when Dotson left the game because of a hip injury just seconds into the second half.

“He came in for a little treatment (at halftime) and thought he’d be able to go,” junior Marcus Garrett recalled of Dotson after the loss. “But as soon as he touched the ball he realized he wasn’t as good as he thought he was.”

Garrett handled point guard duties while Dotson was in the locker room, — he checked back in at the 8:52 mark of the second half — and Kansas actually trimmed the lead to as low as five points without Dotson.

That brought Allen Fieldhouse to life. But Drew and his coaching staff continued to stress poise and confidence to the Baylor players. Three minutes later, BU’s lead was back to 10 and the Jayhawks found themselves back in a rough spot.

“We were just trying to get the lead back lower so once (Dotson) came back in, he could give us another spark,” Garrett said.

It never happened. Instead, the Jayhawks were outscored 19-17 the rest of the way and never again trimmed the Baylor lead to single digits.

Butler (22 points on 9-of-18 shooting) played a big role in that, scoring 10 consecutive Baylor points during one stretch in the second half to ensure that there would be no Kansas comeback — or Baylor meltdown — on Saturday.

“It shows what happens when you expect to win versus when you’re just trying to survive,” Butler said of his team’s ability to finish off the Jayhawks on Saturday.

Said Self of Butler’s performance: “We won’t guard anybody this year that’s harder to guard with the ball in his hands.”

While Drew focused on the joy of Saturday’s win for the Baylor fans and his players above anything for himself, the Bears made sure their head coach celebrated properly, as well.

“Well, I don't have to shower now,” Drew said before heading to the team bus. “So that’s a good thing. I wish they could’ve turned the temperature up a little bit on the water bottles, but, like parents at Christmastime, you love when your kids open gifts and are excited, and, for coaches, there’s nothing better than when you see your players happy and excited and celebrating.

“I knew at some point Baylor was going to win up here. And I was just hoping that I would be able to be a part of it.”

Comments

Drew Doerfler 1 week, 4 days ago

ok, this isn't going to be popular with the Self can do no wrong crowd, but my own personal opinion, is that Self has done a pretty crappy coaching job this year. He is repeatedly trying to pound a square peg into a round hole...over and over and over again. The two big lineup doesn't work....repeat...the two big lineup doesn't work....at all. not even a little.....we start a game with 2 bigs...play like crap...get behind....and then as soon as we go to 4 guards we make a run and play better......it's like playing 2 quarterbacks all year long in football instead of picking one and going with him. We need to go totally 4 guard lineup so that we get comfortable with it..get Moss, Enaurana, and Braun more experience and playing time. Switching back and forth means we are not improving or getting comfortable at all....We NEED 3 point shooting to compete. If they are taking away passes into Dok....repeatedly telegraphing a 5 second pass into Dok so that help defense can come and knock the ball away from him is not working. Make 3's and open it up underneath.....if they are taking away the 3's, then go underneath........we just lost an important game to the frontr unner to win the big 12 conference. and next year? Baylor brings everyone back and i'm guessing we will be taking a big step backwards in terms of overall talent on the team. So we could be looking at a minimum of 3 years in a row not winning conference. Self needs to get it together, do some serious actual coaching and get this team playing better on the offensive end by utilizing what he has instead of doing what he always does.......rant and overreaction to a loss done.......

Thomas Harrison 1 week, 3 days ago

Agree totally with your comments. I have been saying this for weeks now

Creg Bohrer 1 week, 2 days ago

I agree that the 4 guard offense would serve us better, but Self is loyal to his players. Who in the front court would be willing to red shirt a year? It would really hurt recruiting to sit a Mcdonalds all american, a senior or a guy we set ourselves up for a NCAA investigation. That's why Grimes played all year and probably should've rode the pine and why we didn't end up getting Earl's son.

Bj Cassady 1 week, 4 days ago

We were out hustled on offense and on defense. We played poorly on both ends of the ball, we were one step behind on defense then we seemed to panic on offense. I wonder if this team is tough enough. Plus turnovers 3 main players going 2 for 11 from the field, shooting 4-15 from deep. They played smart, we played dumb. Greg Marshall coaching this team would do wonders. Play angry. Play to win.

James Mathews 1 week, 3 days ago

Drew Drew drew..... it was a loss. Baylor has a championship caliber team, what was there to lose for them. They have close Games before and played a solid game. Games and loses like this expose weaknesses and help in the end. It’s history, hopefully learn from it and move on.

Luke Smith 1 week, 3 days ago

If it's not a lob, Garrett can't pass. Cut it to 5, he throws it to no one after being stopped in the lane. 4 turnovers to lead the team, and it seemed like more than that. 3 of them came before he assumed point. He kills the rhythm of the offense.

On the other end, Butler owned him.

But, Baylor is also really good. Really good defense that turned into a lot of offense.

Eric Brunner 1 week, 3 days ago

Drew, couldn't agree with you more. Until we see consistent shooting from the outside, this team is doomed to an early exit in the tourney. It doesn't help to have our only depth at center/power forward (and I'd actually argue that we don't really have depth at any position) and none of them can shoot threes. It's just not how the game is played anymore. I also think we're getting caught with our pants down for not having a wing who can score. Silvio is a shadow of himself and I don't think he wants to be in Lawrence anymore, Dotson seems like he's gonna be banged up all year, our TURNOVER MARGIN IS TIED FOR 108TH IN DI, AND OUR FT% IS RANKED 299. It's too late in the season to fix those last two well enough to be a confident, championship caliber team. If this team advances far in the tournament, I think it'll only be because the rest of the field is about as bad as I've seen it in 10 or 15 years.

Steve Zimmerman 1 week, 3 days ago

I miss Sasha, Arthur, DJax, '07-08 team was so much fun to watch. You know why? Not only did they defend well, but also a lot of screens, pick and roll, high flying dunks. I'd love that team to take on current Drew's team.

Brian Skelly 1 week, 3 days ago

For the first time in a long time I felt like Self was grossly out coached.    The players were certainly out played.

It's as if Self didn't realize Baylor was going to play man-to-man at all... even though they did it virtually all game.

Having Dotson hampered certainly affected KUs offensive ability... but it wouldn't have changed the outcome.

Steven Haag 1 week, 3 days ago

  1. Baylor has a really good team.
  2. We didn’t play with poise.
  3. We didn’t shoot well(we haven’t shot well, except for Iowa State, and Baylor has a good defense)
  4. Freaking turnovers.
  5. Baylor players out hustled us on just about everything
  6. It “appears” that Baylor wanted this game more than us.

Every team that comes in here wants to beat us so bad that they leave it all on the court. They play with heart and give 110%. It seems like we don’t. It seems like our boys think they will win based upon the fact that they are in Allen Field House. Not saying that’s true, I know our boys want to win.....nobody wants to lose. I wish we had 12 Josh Jackson. That fellow played hard and left everything on the court. He loved the game and took every loss personally.

Bill Self is a hall of fame coach. He will right the ship, but he can only do so much. In years past, the team has had some “players only” meetings.....but they had a leader to facilitate those those meetings. I haven’t seen a clear cut leader on this team yet.

James Donnell 1 week, 3 days ago

We obviously have a very good team, but Baylor was fabulous. Great, great team play. They made us look bad, defensively and offensively. We are going to lose games if we continue to have the high number of turnovers and subpar shooting. Unfortunately, we lack an elite scorer that can take over a game and carry us when other things aren’t working. Butler scored 10 in a row in that stretch in the second half. That is what we need but don’t have, making us vulnerable.

Thomas Harrison 1 week, 3 days ago

Obviously, we really need an effective 4 position to begin to play the kind of basketball we expect at KU! My recommendation would be to PULL THE REDSHIRT on Lightfoot, and start him at the next game. Additionally, we need to forget about the TWO BIGS OFFENSE totally. We must get better outside of the 5 position immediately!

Jeff Kallmeyer 1 week, 2 days ago

That makes four games in a row where we were held to less than 30 points at half-time! Obviously, something's not working and needs to change!

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