Jeff Withey's Career Game Helps Kansas Sweep Baylor
After posting a donut in Kansas' latest loss to Missouri, Jeff Withey knew he needed to be aggressive against Baylor. He was just that as his 17 points in the first half already surpassed his career high of 15 set one week before against Oklahoma. Overall, Withey finished with 25 points (8-10 FG, 9-11 FT) adding 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in the Jayhawks 68-54 road win against Baylor.
Besides Withey's monster performance, Thomas Robinson added yet another double-double to his impressive junior campaign with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Robinson is considered to be an All-American lock and the potential favorite for NCAA player of the year honors. Throw in 19 points by Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas finds themselves in prime position for a potential 8th consecutive Big 12 conference title.
Currently tied with Missouri at 9-2, if both teams win out than the Jayhawks find themselves in prime position facing Mizzou at Phog Allen Fieldhouse. Of course, that is assuming that the Tigers win a Friday match-up with Baylor at home. In this game, despite forcing 19 Jayhawk turnovers, the Bears were once more outmuscled down low by Kansas, as they were in their previous 92-74 loss in Lawrence.
The #6 Bears saw star Perry Jones III limited to 25 minutes due to foul trouble. Jones III's 5 points on 1-8 FG shooting certainly was underwhelming for the home team nonetheless. Pierre Jackson paced Baylor with 16 while Quincy Acy added 11. Sophomore Cory Jefferson also scored 11 off of the bench for Baylor, but this was a game to forget for the now 21-3 squad. Kansas, ranked #7 in the AP, should probably move ahead of Baylor despite having a 19-5 record. Bill Self has done a fantastic job coaching this Jayhawk team, maybe one of his more impressive coaching efforts to date for a team that was seen as doubtful to once again repeat as Big 12 champs.