After a tough conference season and beginning to 2009, the Baylor Bears have learned what March Madness is all about. They still need two tough victories to make it back to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, but after knocking off #1 seed Kansas 71-64, it all of a sudden seems possible.
Sophomore Lacedarius Dunn led the way with 24 points, including 6 made 3 pointers, to go along with 6 rebounds. Kevin Rogers added 14 points and 5 rebounds, and Curtis Jerrells had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists to help the cause. The Bears got a suprisingly strong performance from Senior Mamadou Diene, who came up with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and 5 blocks (on the season he averages 1.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, .1 steal, and .7 blocks).
The Jayhawks were led in scoring by Sherron Collins with 16 points, but it took him 20 shots to get there. Marcus Morris and Tyshawn Taylor each scored in double figures (12 points each), and Cole Aldrich controlled the glass with 14 rebounds.
The difference for the Bears was their defense and lack of turnovers. Just one day after having a turnover problem against Nebraska, the Bears controlled the ball with an efficient game to beat Kansas.
Up next the Bears will face the winner of the Texas - Kansas State game. Baylor has lost twice to Texas this year, while beating Kansas State on their home floor.
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