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Jayhawks maul Bears 102-74

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It was over early.

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Baylor took a 1-0 lead on a Rico Gathers free throw in the first minute of the game, but that was as good as it would get for the Bears.  Kansas raced out to a 24-4 lead and cruised from there, taking a 42-26 lead into the half.  Baylor would never get closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

Final score - Kansas 102, Baylor 74.

Stats

Wayne Selden led all scorers with 24 points.  Three other Jayhawks scored in double figures: Ellis (17), Graham (15), and Mason (11).

Mason, Selden, and Graham all had 4 assists each while combining for only 2 turnovers.

Kansas outrebounded Baylor 38-35.  Ellis and Mickelson tied for the team lead with 6 apiece.

As a team, Kansas hit 11/19 (57.9%) from behind the arc.  Selden led the way, going 5/6.

Kansas went 19/24 (79.2%) from the free throw line.

Didn't see Clay Young, but Tyler Self and Evan Manning finished out the game yet again.

Bragg and Vick capped the game with 3s to put KU over the century mark.

The Jayhawks led for 39:08.

Bill Self is now 197-9 in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas has won 31 straight in Allen Fieldhouse.

Takeaways

Maybe I shouldn't be, but at this point in the season I'm more than a little worried about Cheick Diallo's limited minutes.

Play a zone against KU.  I dare you.

I'm sure the narrative will start up again that it's 8 on 5 inside Allen Fieldhouse, but Baylor shot seven more free throws than KU.

The first eight or so minutes of this game were really, REALLY fun to watch.  Just total domination.

It  may be a little tougher this year, but as of right now I'm feeling pretty confident about getting 12 in a row.

Serious question: Is Baylor overrated?  Or did Kansas just play their 'A' game?

Up Next

The Jayhawks will host Oklahoma on Big Monday, Jan 4, at 8:00 PM Central time inside Allen Fieldhouse.  The game will be televised on ESPN.  As I'm sure you've already heard a dozen times or more, it has the potential to be a #1 vs #2 matchup, providing Oklahoma beats Iowa State on Saturday evening in Norman.