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Baylor defeats Kansas in Big 12 semifinal

  • Kansas City Star
  • Published Friday, March 9, 2012, at 7:55 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 11:40 a.m.

Bill Self talks about loss to Baylor in Big 12 semifinal

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Baylor's Scott Drew on victory over Kansas in Big 12

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Big 12 men

Friday’s Games

Baylor 81, Kansas 72

Missouri 81, Texas 67

Today’s final

Missouri vs. Baylor, 5 p.m.

Jayhawk report

Friday’s box score

Baylor (81)

Min

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Jones III

34

7-16

3-3

1-7

2

3

18

Acy

33

4-11

3-4

4-6

2

3

11

Miller

18

3-8

6-6

4-8

1

1

13

Heslip

33

4-7

0-0

1-3

2

2

12

Jackson

35

3-9

5-7

2-5

7

3

13

Franklin

3

0-2

0-0

0-1

0

0

0

Bello

14

1-2

0-0

0-1

0

2

2

Walton

30

2-5

7-8

2-6

2

4

12

Jefferson

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Totals

200

24-60

24-28

14-37

16

18

81

Percentages: FG .400, FT .857. 3-Point Goals: 9-19, .474 (Heslip 4-6, Jackson 2-4, Walton 1-1, Jones III 1-2, Miller 1-3, Bello 0-1, Franklin 0-2). Team Rebounds: 0. Blocked Shots: 5 (Acy 2, Jackson, Miller, Jefferson). Turnovers: 9 (Walton 3, Jackson 2, Bello, Miller, Acy, Franklin). Steals: 5 (Jackson 2, Miller, Walton, Jones III). Technical Fouls: Walton.

Kansas (72)

Min

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Robinson

33

6-14

3-4

2-9

3

4

15

Withey

32

3-8

5-7

3-7

1

2

11

Taylor

40

8-15

3-4

0-4

3

2

20

Johnson

35

6-16

2-2

0-1

2

3

15

Releford

31

3-5

0-0

4-7

2

3

6

Tharpe

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Teahan

15

0-2

0-0

0-1

1

4

0

Wesley

3

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

2

0

Young

11

0-1

5-6

3-5

0

1

5

Totals

200

26-61

18-23

14-37

12

21

72

Percentages: FG .426, FT .783. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (Taylor 1-4, Johnson 1-6, Releford 0-1, Teahan 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 7 (Withey 5, Johnson, Young). Turnovers: 10 (Robinson 4, Taylor 3, Teahan, Releford, Withey). Steals: 7 (Teahan 2, Young 2, Johnson, Robinson, Withey). Technical Fouls: None.

Baylor

43

38

81

Kansas

35

37

72

Att.–18,972. Officials–Mark Whitehead, Mike Stuart, Gerry Pollard.

Worth noting

Baylor ran its Big 12 Tournament record against Kansas to 2-0. It's the only team that holds a winning record against the Jayhawks in Big Eight/Big 12 tournament play. Friday marked KU's first tournament loss since the quarterfinal setback to the Bears in 2009 at Oklahoma City.

•  The teams each had 37 rebounds, and that didn't make Kansas coach Bill Self happy. “We didn't rebound the ball,” he said. “Those are man plays. I don't think anybody watching thought we controlled the glass.”

•  Baylor's Scott Drew took a timeout after a Quincy Acy basket put his team ahead 53-40 early in the second half. That's when KU started its 18-5 run. “I think we had some tired people, and normally players give more on the defensive end when they're tired than on the offensive end,” Drew said.

— If there’s to be a third Border War this season, it will have to be in the Final Four.

Kansas fell to Baylor 81-72 in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals on Friday, pushing the Bears into today’s championship game.

The Jayhawks (27-6) now await their NCAA Tournament seeding with Sunday’s announcement.

Did the loss damage Kansas’ top seed chances? Or will the Jayhawks be a top seed in the Midwest or West Regions.

Those awaiting a Kansas-Missouri final are disappointed. The teams played two marvelous games during the regular-season with both winning on their home floors in comeback fashion.

But KU coach Bill Self ’s only concern about the idea of not playing Missouri was missing a chance at a third straight tournament trophy.

“I didn’t come over here thinking about the rivalry,” Self said.

The game was a series of Baylor runs and Kansas counter runs. But at no time did the Jayhawks assert themselves as they did in the two regular season victories by a combined 32 points.

“We never got the stops we needed,” Jayhawks guard Tyshawn Taylor said.

Especially when it came to Brady Heslip. On successive possessions in the final minutes, Heslip buried three pointers to give Baylor leads of 70-64 and 73-66.

“We left the shooter a couple of times and he made some big shots,” Taylor said. “I mean, when the game is that close and in that situation, we can’t leave the best shooter open on the court.”

Kansas dug itself a hole early in the second half, came all the way back, but couldn’t hold on.

Baylor scored the first six points of the second half to take a 49-35 lead, and the advantage was 13 after Quincy Acy scored inside with 16:32 remaining.

But Baylor coach Scott Drew called a timeout at that point, and Kansas took advantage of the pause.

Taylor led a comeback that included a banked in three-pointer, and when Jeff Withey completed a three-point play with 11:11 remaining Kansas had the game tied at 56-56.

KU then took its first lead since the first half when Thomas Robinson powered into Acy, who went down. No call, layup and KU led.

The Kansas majority in Sprint Center was juiced. KU had made its move and now would sprint to the finish.

But the Bears (27-6) retook the lead on Heslip’s three-pointer after an offensive rebound, and the Bears rebuilt a five-point lead.

This was a different response from Baylor, one Drew has been waiting to see throughout the Big 12 season.

“I thought this night we really grew up,” Drew said. “This year they’d made runs against us that we didn’t answer.

“Tonight, the crowd was going, and Kansas was going.”

But the Bears got the stops, and now the Jayhawks will seek answers as thye head to the postseason off their first loss in a Big 12 Tournament game at Sprint Center. Kansas had won 10 straight, including championships in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and opened the 2012 event with a victory over Texas A&M.

Self saw problems from the outset.

“We let them get comfortable early,” Self said. “That’s not a good sign if you’re playing a really good team.

“And even though we didn’t play particularly well, we took a lead and when we had a chance to have some good possessions we just didn’t get it done.”

One concern was perimeter shooting. Kansas made 2 of 13 from behind the arc, and one of those was the Taylor bank. But Self was more concerned about the shots that Baylor made.

Taylor said he was looking forward to a day off, but he shouldn’t count on it.

“I’m not sure Ty’s going to get his wish on the day off,” Self said. “We gotta guard. We don’t guard. Let’s just tell it like it is. We don’t guard. This is a team that has to make others play poorly.”

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