March 9, 2013
BAYLOR 81, #4/3 KANSAS 58
March 9, 2013
KU STARTERS (Season/Career Starts): C Jeff Withey (31/71), G Elijah Johnson (31/77), G Ben McLemore (31/31), F Travis Releford (31/73), F Kevin Young (27/27)
SERIES INFO: Kansas leads 19-4
- Makes Kansas 26-5 overall and 14-4 in Big 12 Conference play.
- Gives Baylor just its second win at home against the Jayhawks and first since 2001. Kansas is 8-2 against the Bears in the Ferrell Center.
- Drops Bill Self to 295-58 while at KU, 502-163 overall and 11-4 all-time against Baylor, 11-3 while at Kansas.
- Makes KU 2,096-811 all-time.
- Despite the loss, Kansas clinched a share of its ninth-straight Big 12 regular season title, the longest streak in the nation, and fifth-longest regular season conference title streak in NCAA Division I history. The title represents Kansas’ 56th all-time regular season conference crown, the most ever by a single school in NCAA Division I history. Kansas has won a league-best 13 Big 12 Conference regular season titles.
- The Jayhawks’ 23-point loss is Kansas’ largest margin of defeat this season and largest margin of defeat since losing by 25 (80-55) to Texas Feb. 25, 2006.
- Kansas was limited to 37.5 percent shooting from the field, just the fourth time this season that the Jayhawks were held under 40 percent. It was the worst shooting percentage for Kansas since the 29.5 percent effort against TCU (2/6).
- Kansas entered Saturday’s game with the best field goal percentage defense in the country, but for just the second time this season allowed an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent. The Jayhawks have lost both of those games. Baylor’s 57.7 effort from the field tops Michigan State’s 52.1 for best shooting effort against the Jayhawks this year.
- Freshman G Ben McLemore surpassed Danny Manning (496) as the most prolific freshman scorer in KU history with 23 points to close the regular season with 517 points. The National Freshman and Player of the Year candidate led the Jayhawks in scoring for the 15th time this season and posted his highest total in a road game this season, topping 22 at Ohio State (12/22). Saturday’s loss marked the ninth game for McLemore with 20 or more points in a game, including three 30-point efforts.
- Freshman G Perry Ellis contributed 12 points for the second time in five games to match his season- and career-high in a Big 12 contest. It was Ellis’ fifth time in double figures.
- Senior G Elijah Johnson also reached double figures with 10 points, his 14th game this season with 10 or more including six of the last nine contests.
- Senior C Jeff Withey rejected four more shots to increase his Kansas and Big 12 career record (289). Withey remained in third on Kansas’ single-season blocked shots list at 124, but is one behind tying Cole Aldrich for second (125 in 2010). Withey pushed KU’s single season record to 140 during the Jayhawks’ NCAA Tournament run last season.