Not even the Bears could have expected the game to go the way it went. Kansas only held the lead once, off of the opening tap and they cruised to the victory late in the second half.
The loss marked their first loss in since Feb. 9th at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners.
Head Coach Bill Self and his staff are among the the best in scouting and preparing their team for their next opponent. The Jayhawks previously beat the Bears at home 61-44 on Jan. 14th. Even they could not predict that they Bears would perform the way they did.
For instance, Baylor’s Cory Jefferson was 0-4 on the season behind the 3pt arch. However, with Jeff Withey almost daring him to shoot the 3pt shot (which most likely was the scout on Jefferson), Jefferson proceeded to connect on all three 3pt attempts on the day.
Even more surprised than Self was probably Baylor’s Head Coach Scott Drew, who commented that “Cory was O-for for his career and now I think we’ll have to design some plays for him to get him 3-point shots. Cory makes 3s in practice and works on them. If you don’t go out and guard him, Cory is going to shoot the 3 and he was on fire.”
That is an understatement.
The Jayhawks were only down six points with just over six minutes remaining while not getting much from senior Kevin Young, who has been the energy guy that has been instrumental to the Jayhawks successful season. Still the Jayhawks they still had a chance.
Even with the best field goal percentage defensive team in the nation and the Bear shooting an unexplainable 57.7% against them the Jayhawks still had a chance.
Yesterday’s loss can be chalked up to Kansas possibly letting their guard down because they knew they had at least a share of the Big 12 title and the fact that Baylor was desperate for a win to help their NCAA Tournament chances and that it was just their day.
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