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Bears Blown Out by Kansas 102-74

The Baylor Bears fell in their Big 12 conference opener to Kansas, 102-74.

It will be at least another season until the Bears can finally win a game in the Phog at Kansas.  With a 24-4 run to start the game, Kansas dominated throughout and then did enough to keep the Bears at bay.  During their opening run, Kansas made 6-7 from 3-point range, with Wayne Selden leading them.  He made his first 9 shots of the game to lead Kansas to their early lead.  The hot shooting continued for most of the game, with KU shooting 53.7% from the field, and breaking the 100 point mark in the last minute of action. It was the first time that Baylor had allowed more than 80 points in 61 games, the longest streak in the Big 12.  It was also the first time the Bears had allowed a team to hit the century mark since  2008 trip to Phog Allen Field House.  

The Bears had made a living of ball movement and taking care of the ball in non-conference play, but found the going difficult against one of the best defenses in college basketball. They were limited to just 8 assists and turned the ball over 12 times, their lowest assist total of the season and just the second time they have had more turnovers than assists this season. The Jayhawks made the Bears stagnant, kept them out of the lane and used their length to disrupt interior shots and challenge jump shooters.  When the Bears did get a good look, it probably didn't go in.  

 Al Freeman was just 2-10 from the field, and both made shots were layups in transition. Leading scorer Taurean Prince was just 2-6 from the field, but did get to the free throw line 12 times. Starting point guard Lester Medford was 5-12 from the floor.  Compare that to the combined 41 points that Wayne Selden and Perry Ellis scored on 15-28 shooting, and that is the difference in the game. With those two players playing at such a high level, not many teams will be able to contend with Kansas, especially in the Phog. 

Despite the early 20-point deficit, the Bears were able to hang around a bit until late in the game.  Baylor cut the lead to 12 late in the 1st half, and again halfway through the 2nd half, and trailed by just 13 with 7:56 left in the game. However, the Bears were never able to get any closer than that, and Kansas was able to seperate with a 14-6 run to stretch the lead to 23 and put any chance of a comeback to bed.  

"I think there's no doubt who the No. 1 team in the nation is" said Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew after the game. The second ranked Jayhawks are expected to jump up to the top-spot in the nation after Michigan State lost to Iowa 83-70 on December 30th. With the loss, the Bears fall to 10-3 on the season, and open conference play 0-1.  They will come back to Waco to host Oklahoma State on Tuesday night looking to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in 2015-16. 


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