'Hawks Look To Rebound Against Bears

News and notes on No. 8 Kansas' matchup with Baylor Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, on ESPN2 while hoping the Jayhawks can bounce back after their 81-69 loss at Texas on Saturday.

News and notes on No. 8 Kansas' matchup with Baylor Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, on ESPN2 while hoping the Jayhawks can bounce back after their 81-69 loss at Texas on Saturday.

KU is 16-5 and 7-1 in the Big 12.

SCOUTING BAYLOR

Baylor (14-7, 2-6 Big 12), which has been ranked as high as No. 7 this season, snapped a five-game losing streak in Big 12 play with a huge 76-70 win at No. 8 Oklahoma State Saturday. Senior guard Brady Heslip scored a season-high 20 points while senior forward Cory Jefferson had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. BU, which was playing without starting point guard Kenny Chery (foot injury), shot 52 percent from the field and outrebounded OSU 32-26.

The Bears, whose only other victory in the league came against TCU, are a deep squad with nine players averaging 12-plus minutes per game.

Jefferson leads the team with 12.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Heslip is second in scoring (11.3 ppg, 3.0 threes made per game No. 1 in Big 12), followed by junior guard Chery (11.0 ppg, team-high 5.0 apg), sophomore center Isaiah Austin (10.2 ppg, 2.7 bpg No. 1 in Big 12), sophomore forward Taurean Prince (8.1 ppg), sophomore forward Rico Gathers (7.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg), senior guard Gary Franklin (6.9 ppg) and junior forward Royce O'Neale (5.9 ppg).

Baylor averages 75.7 points per game and has a +7.9 scoring margin. BU, which averages 39.1 rebounds per game, leads the league in rebound margin (+8.6). The Bears also lead the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage (40.1) and are third in the conference in scoring defense (67.8) and assists (15.1). BU shoots 46.9 percent from the field and 65.9 percent at the free throw line, while holding foes to 41.8 percent shooting and 33.8 percent from beyond the arc.

Coach Scott Drew is 192-145 in his 11th season at Baylor and 212-156 in his 12th season overall.

LAST TIME OUT

KU beat No. 24 Baylor, 78-68, in the previous meeting on Jan. 20 at Allen Fieldhouse. Perry Ellis (18), Andrew Wiggins (17) and Joel Embiid (12) scored in double figures for the Jayhawks, while BU was led by Heslip with 19 points (6-9 from three-point land), Jefferson (16) and Austin (16).

KU, which just led 37-35 at halftime, shot a scorching 57.5 percent from the field, while Baylor shot 39 percent and 48.1 percent from three-point range, including 80 percent (8-10) from beyond the arc in the first half. BU had 20 offensive rebounds to just seven for Kansas, outscored KU on second-chance points 15-7, and outrebounded the Jayhawks 31-29.

On the flip side, Baylor shot just 9-of-20 at the free throw line, while KU was 26-of-29.

FRESHMEN RISING

Kansas starts three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior with an average age of 19.4 years old. The KU freshmen account for three of Kansas' top four scorers and 61.4 percent of the scoring, 51.9 percent of the rebounding and 63.8 percent of the blocked shots.

MORE STATS

The Jayhawks rank No. 1 in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (50.3), No. 4 in scoring (79.7), No. 3 in scoring margin (+9.3) and rebound margin (+6.8), and No. 2 in assists (15.7) and blocks (6.0).

THE SERIES

The KU-Baylor series dates back to 1951 (KU won 57-46 on Dec. 3, 1951, its first game of the national championship season) with the Jayhawks leading 20-4. The series is tied at 2-2 in the last four meetings. The Jayhawks are 8-2 versus the Bears in games played in Waco with every meeting in the Ferrell Center. KU lost last year in Waco, 81-58. Self is 12-4 all time against Baylor, including 12-3 while at Kansas, while Drew is 3-12 versus Kansas.


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