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Kansas Jayhawks vs Baylor Bears, Big 12 Tournament recap

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The game tape won't go into any halls of fame, but the Jayhawks managed to pull away a bit and then hold off the Bears late to win and advance to the Big 12 title game. Kansas scored just .95 PPP against a bad defense, but allowed only .89 PPP against a good offense, so there was a mix of good and bad in that one.

Offensively, the Jayhawks got quite a few good looks against the Baylor zone, but shot just 4-16 from three. Having back to back games of poor 3-point shooting isn't the most comforting feeling, but better now than in a week or two. Fortunately for the Jayhawks, they combated it by shooting 56 percent from two. Kansas also turned it over on 24.3 percent of their possessions, but a lot of that was late in the game when Baylor was pressing.

Defensively, Kansas only allowed Baylor to rebound 21 percent of their misses. That's the game right there. Other than that, Baylor shot just 27 percent from three and 46 percent from two. The Jayhawks did a pretty good job forcing bad shots, and also did a pretty good job (although not a great one) of forcing turnovers, but as I mentioned in the preview if you can stop Baylor from crashing the offensive glass you can beat them much more easily.

Devonte Graham made his only two and was 3-7 from three in the game. He was focused much more on distributing in the first half, and finished the game with 8 assists and 4 turnovers. He also had 4 steals.

Frank Mason was 3-4 from two, 1-3 from three, had 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 turnover, and 2 steals. One of the better nine point games you'll see, and he even got 7 whole minutes of rest.

Wayne Selden missed all of his threes, but he was 5-6 from two, had 2 rebounds, and 4 assists. He also had probably the dunk of the year coupled with the reaction of the year.

Perry Ellis struggled at times in the first half but rebounded to finish 7-14 on twos and 6-6 from the line.

Landen Lucas had just 1 point, but had 7 rebounds and 3 steals and was a huge part of keeping Baylor off the offensive glass.

Jamari Traylor also had just 1 point, but like Lucas, did good work on the glass. Traylor had 5 defensive rebounds, a block, and a steal.

Carlton Bragg had 10 points on 4-8 shooting, and added 7 rebounds, including 5 on the defensive glass. He needs to work on his defense and foul problems but we are seeing flashes of a superstar.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk came back to earth a bit after a nice opening round game. Svi didn't score, and had just 1 assist coupled with 3 turnovers.

Brannen Greene played just 6 minutes and only scored 2 points on free throws. He was 0-2 beyond the arc and could be said to be in a bit of a slump, but again better now than next week.

Cheick Diallo had two fouls in a minute.

Hunter Mickelson made a pair of free throws late and also had a rebound.