Thursday, March 10, 2016

Jayhawks have incentive to beat Baylor

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) powers home a dunk before the Kansas State defense during the second half, Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) powers home a dunk before the Kansas State defense during the second half, Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.


— It sure looks as if Kansas University’s basketball team (28-4) has wrapped up the overall No. 1 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament entering Friday’s Big 12 semifinal versus (22-10) Baylor in Sprint Center.

The likelihood of that made some media members wonder whether or not the Jayhawks have a deep desire to win a 6 p.m., contest against BU, as well as Saturday’s title game.

“Sure. You are here. You always want to win,” KU coach Bill Self stressed after an impressive 85-63 quarterfinal victory over Kansas State.

KU pounded Baylor, 102-74, on Jan. 2 in Allen Fieldhouse and also won, 66-60, on Feb. 23, in Ferrell Center, in Waco, Texas. The Jayhawks have beaten Baylor seven times in a row, but lost to the Bears two of the last three times they’ve met in the Big 12 tourney.

“We played them last year in the tournament in a really low-scoring game and eked out a win,” Self said of a 62-52 semifinal victory. “We played them this year the first time and we were as good as we’ve been all year. The second time it was basically a one-possession game and we made some good plays late that allowed us to win.

“Their zone has always given us problems. It gives everybody problems at times and certainly we didn’t attack it very well the last time. With the short turnaround I hope we’re prepared to do a much better job against them.”

Of Baylor, guard Frank Mason III (16 points, seven assists vs. KSU) said: “They have a lot of length on the wings and have some great athletes, good coaching staff and play a good 2-3 zone, extended 2-3 zone. It was great to get a chance to play against that a little bit today so we can have a little bit of advantage tomorrow.”

Baylor beat KU, 81-72, in the 2012 Big 12 tourney and again, 71-64, in 2009.

“Their defense,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said of what makes KU so difficult to beat. “I think that’s been consistent and that’s why they’ve been where they’ve been at. And I think a couple of years past they had some teams that were mostly on the offensive end, but didn’t consistently guard as well as this team is doing and they really make you work for everything.”

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More news and notes from KU’s Big 12 Tournament win over K-State

By the Numbers: Kansas 85, K-State 63

By the Numbers: Kansas 85, K-State 63


Jay Scott 6 years, 3 months ago

It's interesting how the supposedly stupidest coach in the XII (Drew) has no trouble outsmarting Shaka the new boy genius...

Dave Miller 6 years, 3 months ago

Coach Scott Drew has taken Baylor's MBB program from almost certain obliteration to a contender. I admire how he has turned the program around.

Danny Hernandez 6 years, 3 months ago

I don't like Drew all that much but was smarter than Shaka Smart and even the previous UT head coach. And he's turned around their program which is good for us

Kent Richardson 6 years, 3 months ago

Keep Svi on his upward trend and see if Carlton can do it twice in a row. Maybe see if Hunter can guard Prince a little. If my Kansas math is right we would be at 20 wins in a row if we can get to somewhere over the rainbow.

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