Kansas routs Baylor, hands Bears first loss (and links)

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#3 BAY 29 45 74
#7 KU 39 53 92

Top Performers

Baylor: Q. Acy 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

Kansas: T. Robinson 27 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

Josh Campos, KC SportsNation

Thomas Robinson dropped 27 points with 14 rebounds in KU's destruction of Baylor, 92-74.

When Baylor stepped into Allen Fieldhouse to face Kansas on Monday, they were off to their best start in their history and were one of three teams who were still undefeated.  Not only did they leave Lawrence with their first loss but with their pride as well.  What was pegged as a must-see game quickly turned into blowout by the Jayhawks (15-3, 5-0 Big 12).

Whenever these two teams have met in the past, it has been the Jayhawks who have fielded the most talented team. This game marked the first time in the series where the Bears (17-1, 4-1) have had the most talent, with future NBA players. The great equalizer in this game was Thomas Robinson, superior coaching, and Allen Fieldhouse.  The Kansas offense and defense didn’t seem phased by the Baylor, who has five players -foot-7 or taller with wingspans of 7-foot, length and size as they were against Kentucky earlier this season.  The Baylor zone designed to contain Robinson was easily picked apart by Kansas’ as the Jayhawks were able to build a 17-9 lead thanks to some spectacular plays by Robinson. Baylor jumped right back into the game and took a 29-26 lead late in the first half.

Thats when the Kansas offense and Tyshawn Taylor took over. In no time, the 2-point Jayhawk deficit turned into a 10 point 39-29 lead as Kansas closed the half on a 13-0 run. It was more of the same in the second half as the Baylor guards were unable to stay in front Tyshawn Taylor. It seemed as if he was able to drive into the paint at will, scoring 28 points (a career-high) for the second straight game. Baylor was able to cut the Kansas lead to six, 43-37, but the Jayhawks were able build it up as many as 20 points en route to the final.

All five Jayhawk starters finished in double figures for the first time this season. Jeff Withey recorded his second double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) in a row.

Perry Jones III led Baylor with 18 points, Quincy Acy added 14 points, five rebounds and three blocked and super Sixth Man Pierre Jackson finished with a double-double (11 points, 11 assists).

Player of the Game: It’s hard to say that 27 points and 14 rebounds isn’t enough to earn the Player of the Game status, however, this is exactly the case with Robinson. Junior Guard Tyshawn Taylor has been playing out of his mind recently matching his previous career high of 28 points against Iowa State on Saturday. He has served as the offensive catalyst from both the perimeter and driving to the paint. Bill Self must be sleeping better at night knowing that Taylor is starting to “get it” after four years and knowing he has another offensive option other than Robinson.

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BAY
KU
Points 74 92
FG Made-Attempted 29-63 (.460) 35-61 (.574)
3P Made-Attempted 7-23 (.304) 6-11 (.545)
FT Made-Attempted 9-11 (.818) 16-21 (.762)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
Largest Lead 5 20
Baylor Bears
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Quincy Acy, F 27 7-10 0-1 0-0 2 5 1 2 3 1 4 14
Perry Jones III, F-C 31 8-17 1-4 1-2 2 5 1 2 2 3 2 18
A.J. Walton, G 24 3-6 0-2 0-0 0 1 2 2 0 0 5 6
Brady Heslip, G 26 1-3 1-3 0-0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3
Quincy Miller, F 30 5-12 2-5 5-5 0 2 1 2 0 2 2 17
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Anthony Jones, F 4 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cory Jefferson, F 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 2
Gary Franklin, G 13 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3
Deuce Bello, G 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 0
Pierre Jackson, G 33 3-9 2-5 3-4 0 2 11 3 0 3 3 11
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
29-63 7-23 9-11 6 21 20 12 5 11 19 74
46.0% 30.4% 81.8%
Kansas Jayhawks
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Travis Releford, G 36 5-7 0-1 1-2 1 3 4 2 0 2 2 11
Thomas Robinson, F 35 11-18 0-0 5-6 1 14 2 0 1 1 1 27
Jeff Withey, C 30 3-10 0-0 4-4 9 10 2 3 3 3 4 10
Tyshawn Taylor, G 33 10-14 4-6 4-7 0 2 6 1 0 5 1 28
Elijah Johnson, G 29 4-7 1-1 2-2 2 5 3 1 0 1 2 11
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Conner Teahan, G 20 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 3
Kevin Young, F 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
Jordan Juenemann, G 1 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Wesley, F 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Naadir Tharpe, G 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Merv Lindsay, G 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
35-61 6-11 16-21 14 36 21 8 4 15 12 92
57.4% 54.5% 76.2%

LINKS

Rock Chalk Talk: Kansas Sits Atop The Big 12 After A Dominating Performance Against Baylor
KC Star: Kansas thumps Baylor 92-74
The Dagger: Baylor blowout proves Kansas still rules the Big 12 until proven otherwise
SI.com (Seth Davis): Tyshawn Taylor’s focus, maturation help Kansas knock off Baylor
CBS Sports: Kansas to be taken seriously after Baylor win
ESPN.com CBB Blog: Rapid Reaction: Kansas 92, Baylor 74

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