WACO, Texas (AP) — Jared Butler hit a 3-pointer on the primary shot of the sport and No. 2 Baylor jumped out to an enormous lead. The standout guard stored scoring factors – and making performs when No. 9 Kansas tried to get shut late.
Butler had a season-high 30 factors and eight assists because the Bears remained undefeated with a 77-69 victory Monday evening over No. 9 Kansas, which has misplaced consecutive Large 12 video games for the primary time in almost eight years.
”It is a staff that wins the sport. Me making an attempt to do all of it on my own, it is by no means labored out that manner,” Butler stated, deferring a few of the credit score. ”To win the Large 12, we’ll want all 15 guys, we want all people, we want the employees. I simply make certain we play a staff sport, and I feel we’re unbeatable after we play that manner.”
Butler and these Bears (13-0, 6-Zero Large 12) led all through in a matchup of this season’s preseason league favourite and the staff that has received or shared 15 of the final 16 regular-season titles. The primary of Butler’s seven 3-pointers was a part of their opening 11-2 spurt, they usually led by as many as 16 within the first half.
”They had been actual targeted, like we have been for each sport,” Baylor coach Scott Drew stated.
Kansas (10-4, 4-3) performed for the primary time since a 75-70 loss final Tuesday at Oklahoma State earlier than the Jayhawks’ scheduled sport Saturday was postponed due to COVID-19 points in Iowa State’s program.
The Jayhawks had been inside 65-60 with 3:18 left after Jalen Wilson drove the baseline for a slam that capped an 8-Zero run. Butler then hit a Three on the different finish, and Kansas by no means obtained nearer.
When Kansas had closed to 56-51 halfway although the second half after a turnover by Butler led to a dunk by Ochai Agbaji, Butler responded with a go to Mark Very important for a dunk. Butler then adopted a turnover by Agbaji with a 3-pointer.
Coach Invoice Self’s staff hadn’t misplaced consecutive Large 12 video games since a three-game skid in February 2013 in opposition to Oklahoma State, TCU and Oklahoma.
”I am not leaving out of right here mad. I am leaving out right here dissatisfied, with out query,” Self stated. ”Actually they had been higher than us tonight.”
MaCio Teague added 13 factors and Davion Mitchell 10 for the Bears. Very important had 10 rebounds, together with a formidable block on what would have been a breakaway dunk for Kansas.
Christian Braun had 14 of his 17 factors for Kansas within the first half, whereas Agbaji had 13 of his 16 factors after halftime. Marcus Garrett had 9 factors and eight assists, but additionally had 5 turnovers.
Butler had 9 factors within the sport’s first 5 minutes. That got here two days after he was scoreless till scoring seven factors within the remaining seven minutes of a 68-60 win at Texas Tech that was Baylor’s first sport this season determined by fewer than 10 factors.
Baylor was up 37-21 following one other Three by Butler that prompted Self to name his third timeout. That got here solely seconds earlier than what would have been the under-four media stoppage, however he did not wait after the three that was arrange when Matthew Mayer stole a foul go by Garrett.
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Kansas additionally performed No. 1 Gonzaga this season, dropping to the Bulldogs 102-90 within the season opener.
”Properly, I’d be shocked if there is a third (staff) that matches into that class,” Self stated. ”The video games had been really fairly comparable. … We got here again and tied Gonzaga, did not fairly get shut sufficient to do this at present. I feel they’re each terrific.”
Kansas: The Jayhawks are 98-14 following a loss below Self. Their final eight losses general have been to High 25 groups. … If not for Braun’s effort within the first half, when he made all 4 of his 3-pointers, the Jayhawks may have been in a a lot greater gap. There was a stretch of simply over 4 minutes when he outscored Baylor 11-10 on his personal.
”We might have been buried if it wasn’t for CB making two or three 3s, however after that we settled in and did some good issues,” Self stated.
Baylor: The Bears are 13-Zero for the fourth time in class historical past – the opposite instances had been in 1911-12, 2011-12 and 2016-17. They’re 6-Zero in Large 12 for the second season in a row. Baylor is 9-1 in opposition to ranked groups the previous two seasons.
Kansas is at Oklahoma on Saturday, solely two weeks after holding on at residence for a 63-59 win over the Sooners.
Baylor performs at Oklahoma State on Saturday.
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