Last Possession of First Half Doomed Baylor

By Brian Kalchik
Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

If ever there was a moment that proved the adage “good team find ways to win,” look no further than the end of the first half in the Kansas vs. Baylor game tonight.

With Baylor bleeding the clock down in order to get the final shot of the half, Kenny Chery inexplicably turned the ball over, allowing Kansas to get one last chance to capitalize going into the break. That is exactly what happened as Kansas super freshman Andrew Wiggins launched a half-court shot that beat the buzzer.

This sequence gave the Jayhawks an eight-point lead at  halftime rather than having a five-point or less lead. Another adage was also proved true as “bad teams find ways to lose” reared its ugly head for Baylor tonight as well. Seeing how the Bears have fared this season, it is not surprising to see that this is part of the reason why Baylor has sunk to one of the worst teams in all of the Big 12.

The Jayhawks maintained this edge throughout the rest of the second half as Baylor was unable to draw any close than five points at any time during the rest of the game.

What’s even more remarkable about the performance from Kansas was that through most of the game, the other super freshman, Joel Embid, was scoreless and played with four fouls, which is a good sign for a very dangerous Kansas team come March.

For the Bears, the road to March Madness gets even tougher as the Bears dove deeper into the Big 12 basement, squandering any momentum after an impressive road win against Oklahoma State. Now their chances for an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament are slowly going down the drain.

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