#7 Kansas Stays King of Big 12, Hands #3 Baylor First Loss
It was a huge contest at Allen Fieldhouse on Martin Luther King Jr. Monday as two top 10 Big 12 rivals were on display. Baylor had won their first 17 contests and wanted to make a statement that they were amongst the elite by keep a perfect record with a major road victory over Kansas. Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson both had huge performances to make sure Kansas kept the inside track for an eighth straight conference title in a 92-74 beatdown.
This was a night where Tyshawn Taylor, a senior guard who has struggled with ball control and consistency, had a career performance. He scored 11 points and assisted on the only other bucket during a 13-0 run that gave Kansas a 39-29 lead going into the half. Taylor scored a career high 28 points and dished out 6 assists, using his lightning speed to outduel Baylor's guards.
Meanwhile, junior PF Thomas Robinson provided the thunder of the duo. Robinson is one of the more physically impressive players in college basketball and used this to control the paint on his way to a 27 point and 14 rebound performance. Considered a fringe lottery to mid-first round prospect had he entered the draft last year, he is now turning scouts heads with one of the best seasons of anyone currently in college basketball. Averaging 17.8 ppg and currently the nations runner-up with 12.3 rpg, Robinson has proven himself as a leader of this Jayhawks team.
Baylor, who has two likely lottery picks on their roster, was dominated by Kansas' strength and physicality. Their star player Perry Jones III had 18 points while top freshman Quincy Miller added 17, but they were outrebounded by the Jayhawks 36-21. Kansas center Jeff Withey had 9 offensive rebounds to finish with a double-double of his own, as this game will undoubtedly lead to questions about Baylor as a possible NCAA Tournament contender. The Bear's spark plug, guard Pierre Jackson had 11 points and 11 assists, but Kansas made a major statement in this definitive win.