Baylor hands reigning champ Kansas another loss
WACO, Texas– Langston Love turned up big for 17th-ranked Baylor after No. 9 Kansas took its only lead in a matchup of the past 2 national champs, as the Bears went on to win 75-69 on Monday night.The ruling champ Jayhawks lost their third straight game, tying their longest skid since coach Expense Self took over in 2003-04. They likewise lost three in a row in February 2005, February 2013 and January 2021, but this is the very first time Kansas has lost 3 straight to ranked teams since February 1989.
On the other hand, Baylor’s victory gave the 2021 champ a Big 12-best five-game winning streak given that its own three-game skid to open conference play.
“There is time to be reactive in a negative way if your group’s refraining from doing well. This is not one of our times,” Self stated. “We have actually gotten beat, and granted we got beat [by] a team that was projected to win the league tonight, that’s truly great. And they went through the very same crap we’re going through right now. … Our league is that good. It’s going to be a grind.”
1 Related Baylor is now 12-1 in its past 13 games versus challengers ranked in the leading 10 of the AP survey, tying the very best 13-game span by any team in the AP survey age. The Bears are 25-8 versus top-25 teams over the past four seasons, the country’s best mark.Love made an excellent consent turn-around jumper while being fouled, then made the free throw. The freshman guard, who missed out on all of last season after tearing his ACL in a preseason skirmish, later on topped the Bears’crucial run with a 3-pointer. Jalen Wilson swished a 3 from the left wing with 15:24 delegated provide the Jayhawks( 16-4, 5-3 Big 12) their only lead at 46-45. Love then started a 12-3 spurt with his three-point play.”He’s ready to step up whenever his name is called.
… We weren’t shocked when he went out there and did what he did, “Bears senior Adam Flagler said of his fellow guard. “That’s substantial for us. It shows that when adversity strikes, we have the ability to hammer out it,”guard LJ Cryer said. “We have actually had games this season where misfortune hits and we didn’t resist.” Cryer had 22 points for Baylor (15-5, 5-3), though 19 of his points and all 5 of his
treys came prior to halftime. Flagler added 17 points, while Jalen Bridges and Love each had 11. Freshman Gradey Dick had 24 points and Wilson 23 for the Jayhawks, who were coming off a 23-point house loss to TCU after a one-point overtime loss at now fifth-ranked Kansas State. Kevin McCullar Jr. had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his 5th double-double this season.After an early layup by Wilson got Kansas within 11-7, Baylor had a 9-0 run that was punctuated by Josh Ojianwuna’s two-handed putback dunk. That was the last time in the half that the Bears had consecutive ratings, though Cryer did make three 3s in an 83-second period– the first 2 after 3s by Penis and Wilson, and the 3rd following 2 free tosses by Dick.The Associated Press added to this report.