On just two days rest and fresh off a hard-fought road win over Texas Tech, No. 2 Baylor had every excuse to roll out a clunker against a desperate No. 9 Kansas team on Monday night. Rather, the Bears won 77-69 in a video game they led wire to wire, issuing a declaration that the Big 12, officially and indefinitely, will run through Waco, Texas, this season.Baylor led by as lots of as 16 points and held control of the video game throughout. Kansas made a couple of good runs in the second half to cut the lead to as close as 5, but the Bears offense– and specifically, Jared Butler– had a response at every turn. Butler had 30 points and eight helps, representing 7 of the teams 9 3-pointers. Baylor as a team went 28 of 52 from the field, taking pleasure in success around the rim as much as it did beyond the arc.Butlers supporting cast displayed in a big method, too, with MaCio Teague adding 13 points, Davion Mitchell taping 10 of his own, and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua coming off the bench to include 8 points and a pair of blocks. Mark Vital scored just 4 points but blazed a trail in rebounds, with 10. All of his points began alley-oops, and he had a chasedown block in the first half that provided Baylor a big momentum swing in its favor.Credit to Kansas: It didnt stop when, by all accounts, it appeared it had every right to do exactly that. Baylor came at KU in waves and KU kept throwing punches right back. However after getting within five points with 3:19 to play, it never ever got closer. The only drama afterwards was available in garbage time when Chris Teahan made an off-the-glass 3-pointer as time expired, killing a heap of gamblers in crushing fashion who backed the Bears at -8.5 or -9. Baylor with the win improves to a perfect 13-0 on the season and to 6-0 in Big 12 play, one video game up on Texas and 2.5 video games up on the Jayhawks. It gets the remainder of the week off prior to heading to Stillwater to handle Oklahoma State this Saturday.Here are 3 key takeaways from the game.Jared Butler, the Kansas killerFirst-Team All-American, prospective first-round NBA draft pick, college superstar. Take your pick on what to call Butler: Ill call him the Kansas killer. Due to the fact that his 30-point eruption, while stupendous, isnt at all unexpected. Versus KU in March, 2019, Butler scored 31 points; versus KU in January, 2020, Butler scored 22 points and won inside Allen Fieldhouse; and Monday he scored 30 points to support assists in a huge win. He was regularly great all night, and apparently turned up big in each minute when Baylor needed him.Christian Braun kept KU in itHe took only 7 shots on the night, but sophomore guard Christian Braun made 5 of them– all 3-pointers– in a 17-point outing that consisted of a pair of free tosses. 14 of them came in the very first half, and he singlehandedly prevented Baylor from blowing the important things open before halftime. (He just took 2 shots in the 2nd half– riddle me that one.) Braun had lots of support– Ochai Agbaji came on strong in the second half in particular– but he can be credited for keeping KU in the mix when it appeared most likely KU was deserving of being entirely out of the mix.Bears makes a statementBaylor has not only had problem with Kansas traditionally– it had an all-time record vs. KU of 6-33 getting in the night– however it has likewise struggled recently. KU had actually won 14 of the last 16 in the series. It likewise had actually dominated regardless of location, with an all-time record vs. Baylor in Waco of 14-3. Its simply one win that will not do a damage to those numbers in the grand plan, obviously. Its a memorable win given its battles vs. Kansas that cant be overlooked. This type of win can create some genuine momentum– something Baylor already does not lack for. That ought to frighten the remainder of the Big 12.
Instead, the Bears won 77-69 in a video game they led wire to wire, issuing a statement that the Big 12, formally and indefinitely, will run through Waco, Texas, this season.Baylor led by as lots of as 16 points and held control of the game throughout. Baylor as a group went 28 of 52 from the field, delighting in success around the rim as much as it did beyond the arc.Butlers supporting cast showed in a huge way, too, with MaCio Teague including 13 points, Davion Mitchell taping 10 of his own, and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua coming off the bench to include 8 points and a set of blocks. All of his points came on alley-oops, and he had a chasedown block in the first half that offered Baylor a big momentum swing in its favor.Credit to Kansas: It didnt give up when, by all accounts, it looked as if it had every right to do exactly that. Versus KU in March, 2019, Butler scored 31 points; against KU in January, 2020, Butler scored 22 points and won inside Allen Fieldhouse; and Monday he scored 30 points to go along with assists in a massive win.