The bad news is Baylor hung 90 points on the Jayhawks on Feb. 9, 2008 in Allen Fieldhouse, KU's most points allowed in the Bill Self era.
The Bears, who return four starters from last season, will look to keep
shooting and scoring tonight when they take on Kansas on ESPN Big
Monday at 8 p.m. in Waco, Texas, at the Ferrell Center.
KU (17-4, 6-0) enters the contest on a six-game winning streak, while
Baylor (15-6, 2-4) hopes to rebound after dropping three straight. The
Bears started the season 12-1 and were ranked as high as No. 19 in the
AP poll. However, they've stumbled in Big 12 play, losing at Oklahoma,
to Texas at home, and then bowed at Missouri, 89-72, on Saturday.
Baylor shot just 6 of 23 from three-point range and committed 26 fouls
against the Tigers. Missouri made 30 of 36 free-throws and broke open a
40-39 halftime score. Baylor senior forward Kevin Rogers led the Bears
with 18 points.
Despite their recent struggles, this is a dangerous team which beat
then-No. 14 Arizona State, 87-78, on Nov. 28. The Bears are averaging
an impressive 81.7 points per game and allowing 70.5. BU is second in
the Big 12 with 8.7 three-point field goals made per game and also
second in three-point field goal percentage (38.3).
"They're good and they can score from all five spots," KU coach Bill
Self said. "They got a guy off the bench (LaceDarius Dunn) that's
probably about as good a scorer as there is in our league. It will be
interesting, but I'm really looking forward to it."
A guard dominated team, the Bears have five seniors and five players
averaging in double figures. Baylor is led by senior guard Curtis Jerrells with 16.8 points per game. The athletic Jerrells also paces
Baylor with 115 assists. He scored a game-high 30 points in BU's loss
to Kansas last season.
Dunn, a sophomore guard, is next in scoring at 16.5 points per game. He
is a potent long-range bomber who leads the Bears with 56 threes. Dunn
scored 23 points in KU-BU's last meeting, including five three-pointers.
The 6-9 Rogers gives Baylor a presence inside, averaging 12.6 points
and a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game. He also shoots a team-best 53
percent from the field and has 20 blocked shots. Senior guard Henry Dugat (12.3 ppg and team-high 41 steals) and junior guard Tweety Carter
(10.6 ppg) round out the players in double figures.
Freshman forward Quincy Acy (7.0 ppg and team-high 27 blocks) and
senior center Mamadou Diene (1.7 ppg, 13 blocked shots) also contribute
to the attack.
Self is especially looking forward to the game after KU barely beat
Colorado on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, 66-61. The Jayhawks shot just
41.2 percent, including 33.3 percent in the second half. Colorado,
meanwhile, blistered the nets in the second half at an eye-popping 65.2
The Jayhawks also struggled against Nebraska in their 68-62 victory in
Lincoln on Jan. 28.
"I'm glad it's a quick turnaround," Self said of just one day's rest
between the Colorado and Baylor games. "We haven't played our best the
last two games, but we've won. I don't remember a team we've had that's
played great every game. But we certainly have to play better against
Baylor. I think we'll be excited to play on Big Monday against a really
talented team, and our guys that are returning players know they're
Self knows the Jayhawks must defend much better than they did against
Colorado, especially versus the high-scoring Bears who can score
outside and also beat teams off the dribble.
"We stunk defensively," Self said about the CU game. "That's as bad as
we've had a team play defensively for an extended period of time like
that in the second half, at least that I can remember. And then we
missed shots. When we missed shots, it affected our defensive game,
which is a sign of not being as disciplined as we should be."
Baylor will surely be firing from beyond the arc tonight. The Bears
made 12 of 29 three-pointers last season against KU and scored 57
points in the second half.
Kansas has won 13 of the 14 meetings with Baylor, including seven
straight. Kansas sports a 5-1 record in Waco with its last loss in 2001
when Baylor beat then-No. 5 KU, 85-77. Sophomore center Cole Aldrich
(two points in seven minutes during the last KU-BU meeting in Allen
Fieldhouse) certainly doesn't want that to happen again in this
critical road matchup.
"It's going to be a real big game," Aldrich said. "It's our third road
game in the Big 12 so far. It's really going to be one of those key
games that we're going to have to try to play really well and run our
stuff well, because if not, they're going to beat us."
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