First Loss: Blowout

Fans around the Big 12 may not like to hear this, but the road to the Big 12 championship indeed runs through Lawrence, KS. #7 Kansas (15-3, 5-0) defeats #3 Baylor (17-1, 4-1), 92-74.

The third-ranked Baylor Bears may have been undefeated coming into Monday night's game, but they were still the consensus underdog. The oddsmakers, analysts, and message boards agreed: You don't just walk into Allen Fieldhouse and expect to win.

"Rock chalk... Jayhawk... KU..."

The Kansas Jayhawks' 92-74 victory over Baylor gave them sole possession of first place in the Big 12 and reassured everyone that they are still the top dog in the yard.

Kansas controlled the first ten minutes of the game, leading by as much as eight points. The Bears took their first lead at 18-17 with 9:55 to go before the break.

With 3:55 left in the first half, Baylor held a 29-28 lead. The Bears trailed 39-29 at halftime and would never lead again.

Perry Jones III led the Bears with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Quincy Miller had 17 points. 3-point specialist Brady Heslip was held to only three attempts from beyond the arc (1-3).

National player of the year candidate Thomas Robinson scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the seventh-ranked Jayhawks. Tyshawn Taylor led KU scorers with 28 points and 5 assists. Fellow starters, Elijah Johnson (11), Travis Releford (11), and Jeff Withey (10) also scored in double-figures.

Baylor's next game will be Saturday at the Ferrell Center against the fifth-ranked Missouri Tigers.



POSTGAME NOTES

• Kansas leads the all-time series between the two schools, 17-2.

• Baylor is 1-5 all-time on ESPN's Big Monday

• The loss ends both the longest winning streak and best start in Baylor's program history.

• Baylor is 8-1 vs the top 100 of the RPI this season.

• Baylor is 7-1 away from Waco this season.

• Kansas is undefeated at home this season.

• Baylor has never defeated Kansas on the road.

• Kansas has won their last six home games against opponents ranked in the top-five of the polls.

• Baylor is the third to last team in Men's Division I College Basketball to suffer their first loss.



RPI statistics are provided by RealTimeRPI.com


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