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Baylor could end KU's unbeaten streak

Posted on: January 17, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 4:43 pm

Posted by Eric Angevine

Keeping the ball from getting inside is the key to beating Kansas. Gutty Nebraska proved that truism in all but the final result on Saturday. Josh Selby, Brady Morningstar and Tyshawn Taylor were a combined 1 of 6 from deep in that game, and Markieff Morris was held to just seven points and seven boards. Kieff's brother Marcus Morris got his double-double on to push through to the 63-60 win in Allen Fieldhouse, but a similar ending will be difficult to achieve on the road at Baylor, should Kansas again struggle on the interior.

The reason is that Baylor can put up a 2-3 zone with enough wingspan to effectively close off the lane. Played properly, it's exactly the type of stifling, annoying defense that can force Kansas into over-reliance on that deep shot. On offense, however, the Bears are left vulnerable by the somewhat desultory ballhandling of A.J. Walton, who has baffling stretches in which he becomes very turnover-prone, somewhat negating the star power of off-guard LaceDarius Dunn.

For each team, the underrated bench option may be the key. For Kansas, it was sophomore Thomas Robinson who crashed the boards when the deep shots missed on Saturday, at one point throwing down a putback dunk and roaring into the cameras. Quincy Acy is the Baylor player who makes his living off hustle and determination. Neither is considered the star of his team, but their contributions may very well decide whether Kansas is 18-0 at the end of the evening.

Since: Feb 3, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 2:20 am

Baylor could end KU's unbeaten streak

could of but didn't.  Best effort of the yr for KU.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:55 pm

Baylor could end KU's unbeaten streak

Not that I didn't think it was possible for Baylor to beat Kansas, but the game just ended and KU won by 20.  I was wondering about this KU team, but that was the best I have seen this team play all year, with the exception of a 4 minute span in the second half. 

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 8:17 pm

Baylor could end KU's unbeaten streak

I think the corollary to this is that you must stop KU's big men AND you must make shots.  Nebraska did both in the first half and neither the second.  As a result, KU's more highly skilled team won.  Playing fantastic defense will definitely slow the Jayhawks down, but it alone is not enough to beat them.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2011 6:50 pm

Baylor could end KU's unbeaten streak

meh, different teams match up better against one team, and not so good against another.

Baylor has the tools to stop us inside... we'll have to rely on guard play tonight.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2011 5:57 pm

Baylor could end KU's unbeaten streak

I'd feel more confident that Baylor could beat Kansas if they hadn't just lost by 15 to Iowa State.

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