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Sport Kansas Jayhawks top No. 1 Baylor in thriller, move into first-place tie in Big 12

03:26  23 february  2020
03:26  23 february  2020 Source:   latimes.com

No. 1 Baylor 78-70 over Oklahoma State for 20th win in row

  No. 1 Baylor 78-70 over Oklahoma State for 20th win in row MaCio Teague scored 24 points to lead five players in double figures for No. 1 Baylor, which stretched its winning streak to 20 games with a 78-70 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday. Teague hit six consecutive free throws in the final 14 seconds, including four after frustrated Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton Jr. was assessed two consecutive technical fouls and ejected from the game. Jared Butler added 15 points for Baylor, including consecutive 3-pointers that put Baylor (21-1, 10-0 Big 12) up 64-55 with 6:08 left, less than three minutes after the game was tied for the only time. Butler also had a jumper in that decisive 13-4 run.

No. 3 Kansas at No . 1 Baylor . From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. The Bears will try to solidify their claim to the top overall slot and complete a rare season sweep of the perennial power Jayhawks .

No. 3 Kansas staked its claim to superiority in the Big 12 and the nation on Saturday with an authoritative 64-61 victory on the home court of No . 1 Baylor behind a monster effort from Udoka Azubuike. The Jayhawks ' 7-footer finished with 23 points and a

WACO, Texas — Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades stepped in front of Bill Self and extended his right hand, offering congratulations to the Kansas basketball coach as Self exited the Ferrell Center interview room following the Jayhawks’ 64-61 victory over the Bears.

“I was just telling somebody this — let’s just go and make it a best-of-three in Kansas City. That’d be fun,” Self, KU’s 17-year coach told Rhoades, who also undoubtedly would enjoy a tie-breaking third game between the teams in the Big 12 tournament finale on March 14 in the Sprint Center.

No. 3 Kansas scores final 9 points, beats No. 14 WVU 58-49

  No. 3 Kansas scores final 9 points, beats No. 14 WVU 58-49 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Devon Dotson scored 15 points and No. 3 Kansas finished the game with a 9-0 run to beat No. 14 West Virginia 58-49 on Wednesday night. The Jayhawks (21-3, 10-1 Big 12) won for the ninth straight time and remain a game behind first-place Baylor. Isaiah Moss had seven of his 13 points after halftime for Kansas. West Virginia (18-6, 6-5) fell flat after leading by as many as nine points in each half and lost at home for the first time this season.Freshman Oscar Tshiebwe led the Mountaineers with 14 points and nine rebounds, but he had just two points after halftime. Jordan McCabe tied a season high with 10 points.West Virginia is stumbling after rising as high as No.

No. 2 Gonzaga had 15 first - place votes and No. 3 Kansas one . San Diego State and Louisville rounded out the top five. Top -ranked Baylor never trailed while tying the longest winning streak in Big 12 history at 22 games with a 70-59 victory over No. 14 West Virginia.The Bears (23- 1 , 12-0 Big

The Jayhawks went on to win the Big 12 tournament and cruised through the first three rounds of the Kansas was routed at Baylor in its final regular-season game but still shared the Big 12 title with in-state Kansas guard Mario Chalmers helped the Jayhawks to a regular-season and conference

KU senior center Udoka Azubuike scored 23 points on 11-of-13 shooting and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds (with three blocked shots) in a clutch Saturday road performance that helped No. 3-ranked KU move into a tie for first place in the Big 12 standings with No. 1-ranked Baylor.

The Bears (24-2, 13-1) defeated the Jayhawks (24-3, 13-1) 67-55 on Jan. 11 in Allen Fieldhouse.

“The kids are excited. They deserve to be. It was a great game,” Self said of a marquee showdown in which KU led by as many as 11 points in the second half only to see Baylor fight until the end.

Jared Butler’s last-second three — one that would have forced overtime — was well guarded by Devon Dotson (13 points, three assists, two steals, two turnovers) and misfired at the buzzer.

Top of AP poll steady as Baylor, Kansas set collision course

  Top of AP poll steady as Baylor, Kansas set collision course Baylor and Kansas just keep winning, setting up a monumental showdown Saturday between the top-ranked Bears and No. 3 Jayhawks that could help decide not only the Big 12 title but the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament. The two teams were separated once again by Gonzaga in the latest college basketball poll from The Associated Press on Monday. The Bears (23-1) had 48 first-place votes from the 63-member media panel, while the Bulldogs (26-1) had 14 first-place nods and the Jayhawks (22-3) had the only remaining first-place vote.“The best we could be right now is being the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. We're No.

Baylor is No. 2 in Wednesday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. Kansas is No. 4. And Gonzaga remains No . 1 for the 52nd straight day. The Jayhawks will take an 11-game winning streak into Saturday's game at Baylor . Baylor breaks Kansas ' Big 12 record.

The Big 12 record had been held by the Jayhawks since they won 22 in a row during the 1996 and ‘97 The Bears’ start to the conference is also tied for the second-best in Big 12 history behind only the Baylor guard Jared Butler and Kansas counterpart Devon Dotson. Fans were deprived of the

“I think it means a lot to our guys, a lot more than the league race. We didn’t talk league race,” said Self, who was part of a wild victory celebration in the locker room that included his slapping hands with Azubuike.

Both men wore big smiles.

“They beat us the first time at home,” Self said. “They controlled the game at home a lot more than they controlled the game here. We were motivated to play a highly-competitive game in a great atmosphere with a lot of eyeballs watching.”

Seven-foot center Azubuike acknowledged that he “was kind of emotional” after the game. He piled up his impressive stat line in 36 minutes. Backup big man David McCormack had four points and one rebound in four foul-plagued minutes.

“A lot of people say, ‘Can’t do this or do that,’ all my life,” said Delta, Nigeria native Azubuike, who had just six points in the first meeting between KU and BU in Lawrence.

“I have been looked down on everything. Giving it all to my teammates makes me emotional. Coming in (to the game) people were saying all kind of stuff, doubting me and stuff. My teammates did a good job giving me the ball.”

Azubuike's double-double lifts No. 3 Kansas over No. 1 Baylor

  Azubuike's double-double lifts No. 3 Kansas over No. 1 Baylor Third-ranked Kansas beat No. 1 Baylor 64-61 in a Big 12 showdown Saturday.WACO, Texas (AP) -- Udoka Azubuike's 23 points, 19 rebounds and three blocked shots lifted No. 3 Kansas to a 64-61 win over top-ranked Baylor in a Big 12 Conference showdown on Saturday.

No . 1 Baylor , No. 3 Kansas top poll before meeting. Marcus Garrett scored a career-high 24 points, Devon Dotson added 19 and third-ranked Kansas rolled to an 87-70 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday to keep pace with No . 1 Baylor in what has become a two-team race toward the Big 12 title.

Bill Self's Jayhawks will take an 11-game winning streak into Saturday's showdown with Baylor . Instead, the Jayhawks made 12 3-pointers, won each half by double-digits and cruised to a 91-71 Baylor is No. 2 in Tuesday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball

Azubuike didn’t point out where the criticism came from. Certainly not from KU’s camp.

“He was great. That’s about as well overall as I’ve seen him play,” Self said, adding, “he probably made himself a little bit of money today (with several NBA scouts watching). He had nine dunks (actually eight), which is incredible. Dot (Dotson) gave him a couple. Marcus (Garrett, nine points, seven assists , four rebounds, 32 minutes) gave him several. He’s able to finish as well as anybody when the ball is above the rim.”

Garrett, whose foul trouble prevented him from guarding Butler (19 points, six rebounds, six assists) as much as planned, said Azubuike was “unbelievable, protecting the rim, catching lobs, scoring when he got the ball down low, offensive rebounds, everything.”

Baylor had its 23-game winning streak snapped by the Jayhawks, who have won 12 in a row now. The Bears didn’t quit when trailing by 11 points (48-37) with 11:43 left. It was 52-44 at the 7:48 mark and 62-55 with 32 seconds to play. Butler hit a three and, after a turnover on Ochai Agbaji against the press, MaCio Teague drilled a three to cut the gap to 62-61 at with 18 seconds remaining.

Kansas back atop Top 25 as Baylor slides to No. 2 after loss

  Kansas back atop Top 25 as Baylor slides to No. 2 after loss LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is back on top of the college basketball world after knocking off Baylor in a matchup of Big 12 heavyweights, while the Bears dropped to No. 2 in The Associated Press men's poll Monday after their nip-and-tuck loss in Waco. The Jayhawks (24-3, 13-1 Big 12) received 62 of 64 first-place votes from the national media panel to take over the No. 1 ranking for the second time this season. Kansas also was atop the poll for one week in December, when it seemed as if just about every school that ascended to No. 1 promptly lost in a topsy-turvy start to the season.

Isaiah Moss, who scored 11 points, hit two free throws with eight seconds left to make it 64-61. Needing a stop on the final Baylor possession, KU coach Self elected to not foul. Butler, well-guarded by Dotson, hoisted an errant last-second three.

“We talked about, ‘What do you want to do: foul or guard them?’ We said, ‘Let’s guard ‘em,’” Self said, noting that he didn’t want to chance Baylor making one free throw and then grabbing an offensive rebound.

“Fortunately he missed the shot, but he was guarded.”

Garrett said Dotson did a fine job on the final shot by Butler, who was 4 of 10 from three-point range.

“Great defense by Devon. He kept a hand in his face,” Garrett said. “He tried to make him take a tough shot, play up so if he did go by he’d have to make a layup.”

Noted Dotson: “We knew they’d try to take a three. I wanted to make it tough on him, get a hand in the face. We talked it out, communicated, hoping it didn’t go in. I tried to contest as well as I could the last play.”

Butler took the missed shot in stride, saying, “It wasn’t super-wide open, but it was a good-enough look. I’m really thankful for coach (Scott) Drew allowing me to shoot the ball. I guess it just wasn’t supposed to go in, but I thought it was supposed to go in.”

Self was bothered by his team’s failure to put away the Bears — “We had a bad turnover, a bad one late. The game is never over, but, gosh dang, we made a couple mistakes you can’t make. Still, we kept grinding. Gosh, we competed. The guys hung in there. As you can tell, I’m a little wired and fired up. I know our kids are fired up. They deserve to be.”

Most Quadrant 1 wins: Kansas, Baylor, and Seton Hall in front

  Most Quadrant 1 wins: Kansas, Baylor, and Seton Hall in front Seventeen days before Selection Sunday, Kansas still leads college basketball in Quadrant 1 wins.As of Thursday, Feb. 27, Kansas' 11 Quadrant 1 wins are the most in the country, followed by Baylor (10), Seton Hall (10), and Creighton (nine). No teams from the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, or SEC have at least eight Quadrant 1 wins.

KU, now deadlocked with Baylor, will next meet Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. Monday in Allen Fieldhouse. Baylor, meanwhile, will meet Kansas State Tuesday in Waco.

“I liked the first game against Kansas better than this one,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said after the game. “But, that’s the great thing about the league. You get to play everybody twice and make adjustments.”

In this case, as Self told Baylor athletic director Rhoades, the squads could meet again in Kansas City.

Or …

“I told coach Self before the game that I hope we see them again, but I hope it’s in the Final Four,” Drew said. “I thought it was a great showcase for the Big 12 today. You had two teams play extremely hard. I’m proud of how we battled back at the end.”

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GAME NOTES

Baylor went 8 of 15 from the free-throw line; KU 7 of 10. … Kansas has won 12 straight games. KU’s last loss was to Baylor, 67-55, on Jan. 11 in Allen Fieldhouse. … Baylor had entered that first game against KU 0-16 in games played in the fieldhouse. … Kansas leads the all-time series against Baylor, 33-6. … KU is 14-3 versus BU in Ferrell Center. … The Jayhawks have won six of the last seven games in Waco, Texas. KU won last season in Waco, 73-68. … Bill Self is 25-5 versus Baylor as KU coach. … Self is 704-214 in 27 seasons overall as a head coach (at KU, Illinois, Tulsa and Oral Roberts). His record at KU is 497-109 overall. … Kansas is 2,298-862 all-time… KU snapped BU’s 23 game win streak. … No. 1 Baylor is 27-8 all-time when playing as an AP Top-5 team. Baylor is 6-1 against AP Top 25 teams.

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a group of men playing a game of basketball: Baylor's Mark Vital (11) and Kansas' Udoka Azubuike (35) reach for a rebound during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. The visiting Jayhawks won, 64-61. © Ashley Landis/Dallas Morning News/TNS Baylor's Mark Vital (11) and Kansas' Udoka Azubuike (35) reach for a rebound during the second half on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. The visiting Jayhawks won, 64-61.

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Azubuike scores career-high 31, No. 1 Kansas beats TCU 75-66 .
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Udoka Azubuike walked gingerly into Allen Fieldhouse on his sore ankle and proceeded to score a career-high 31 points with 14 rebounds, leading top-ranked Kansas to a 75-66 victory over TCU on Wednesday night to clinch at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season title. Azubuike was 13 of 14 from the field and also had five blocks just four days after hurting his ankle in a win over Kansas State. Devon Dotson added 18 points and he also gave coach Bill Self and about 16,000 fans a scare when he left briefly midway through the second with what appeared to be an ankle injury of his own.

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