Significant Big 12 Win as No. 10 Jayhawks Defeats No. 8 Bears

Kansas Jayhawks guard Christian Braun (2) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Baylor BearsMandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas Jayhawks guard Christian Braun (2) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Baylor BearsMandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas Jayhawks welcomed the Baylor Bears to Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, February 5th, and KU did not disappoint. The Jayhawks played a well-rounded basketball game-winning, 83-59. The score is a true representation of how the game went.  With this victory, KU is now 8-1 in the Big 12, heading into another significant game against the Texas Longhorns. Kansas currently holds a 1.5 game lead over the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Baylor Bears.

In this game, Baylor was held to a 29.6% shooting percentage from the field (21-of-71). Kansas shot 51.6% from the field, going 32-out-of-62. The Jayhawk’s defense was the highlight as they would force 14 turnovers scoring 20 points off those turnovers. Kansas is now one step closer to clinching another Big 12 title.

Ochai Agbaji Returns for the Kansas Jayhawks from COVID-19 Protocol

Senior Ochai Agbaji would return from the covid-19 protocol, and he was ready to play inside the rowdy Allen Fieldhouse. Agbaji played in 32 minutes going 5-out-of-11 from the floor and 2-out-of-6 from the 3-point line. He would score 18 total points adding nine rebounds and two assists. Each article I write on KU basketball involves Abaji surpassing a former Jayhawk. He now has 1,356 career points which put him 30th all-time on KU’s scoring list. Agabji passes one of KU’s greats, Mario Chalmers. He also climbed to 7th all-time on 3-point field goals with 213.

According to kuathletics.com, Ochai Agbaji talked about bouncing back from the home loss to Kentucky,

"“Just kinda feeding off of that momentum that we or they had from Tuesday and getting back to practice and seeing these guys, getting back to playing with them was fun and I think we are just riding on that momentum that we started Tuesday after that loss from last Saturday”"


Jalen Wilson Stood Out for the Kansas Jayhawks

Redshirt-sophomore Jalen Wilson played well against the Baylor Bears. In 29 minutes, he scored 15 points. Wilson would go 7-out-of-10 and 1-out-of-4 from the 3-point line. He would also add seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals to wrap out the game.

According to kuathletics.com, Bill Self talked about Jalen Wilson’s performance

"“I thought that Jalen Wilson was great. He didn’t go after the ball. Two positions in a row to start the second half, other than that he was great. Christian was terrific the whole game, going 18 of 10 and four turnovers, which is too many. Ochai was rock-solid in his stat line. He gets 18 and 9 coming off a week of not practicing. That impressive. You know the guy who might have been most valuable out of everyone scored two points, and that’s Dajuan Harris. He was 0 for 11. Guarding Akinjo was in the gate. We were pretty good. It was a good, good solid dominating win.”"

What Is Next for the Kansas Jayhawks?

The Kansas Jayhawks will travel to No. 23 Texas for a Big Monday Showdown in Austin, Texas. This is a very important game for both teams, but more importantly for the Jayhawks as they look to extend their Big 12 lead. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 P.M. CT and will be aired on ESPN.

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