Baylor sends reigning champion Kansas to 3rd straight loss

WACO, Texas — Langston Love got here up big for Seventeenth-ranked Baylor after No. 9 Kansas took its solely lead in a matchup of the previous two nationwide champions, because the Bears went on to win 75-69 on Monday night time.

The reigning champion Jayhawks misplaced their third straight sport, tying their longest skid since coach Invoice Self took over in 2003-04. In addition they misplaced three in a row in February 2005, February 2013 and January 2021, however that is the primary time Kansas has misplaced three straight to ranked groups since February 1989.

In the meantime, Baylor’s victory gave the 2021 champion a Huge 12-best five-game profitable streak since its personal three-game skid to open convention play.

“There is time to be reactive in a negative way if your team’s not doing well. This is not one of our times,” Self stated. “We have gotten beat, and granted, we got beat [by] a team that was projected to win the league tonight, that’s really good. And they went through the same crap we’re going through right now.

“Our league is that good. It may be a grind.”

Baylor is now 12-1 in its past 13 games against opponents ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll, tying the best 13-game span by any team in the AP poll era. The Bears are 25-8 against top-25 teams over the past four seasons, which is the nation’s best mark.

Love made an impressive go-ahead turnaround jumper while being fouled then made the free throw. The freshman guard, who missed all of last season after tearing an ACL in a preseason scrimmage, later capped the Bears’ key run with a 3-pointer.

Jalen Wilson swished a 3 from the left wing with 15:24 left to give the Jayhawks (16-4, 5-3 Big 12) their only lead at 46-45. Love then started a 12-3 spurt with the three-point play.

“He is able to step up at any time when his identify is known as,” Bears senior Adam Flagler said of his fellow guard. “We weren’t stunned when he went on the market and did what he did.”

Baylor junior guard LJ Cryer offered his take.

“That is big for us. It exhibits that when adversity hits, we’re in a position to struggle by means of it,” Cryer said. “We have had video games this season the place adversity hits and we did not struggle again.”

Cryer had 22 factors for Baylor (15-5, 5-3), although 19 of his factors and all 5 of his treys got here earlier than halftime. Flagler added 17 factors, whereas Jalen Bridges and Love every had 11.

Freshman guard Gradey Dick had 24 factors and Wilson 23 for the Jayhawks, who had been coming off a 23-point dwelling loss to TCU following a one-point extra time defeat at now fifth-ranked Kansas State. Kevin McCullar Jr. posted 14 factors and 12 rebounds on Monday for his fifth double-double this season.

After an early layup by Wilson obtained Kansas inside 11-7, Baylor had a 9-0 run that was punctuated by Josh Ojianwuna’s two-handed putback dunk. That was the final time within the first half that the Bears had consecutive scores, although Cryer did make three 3s in an 83-second span — the primary two after 3s by Dick and Wilson, and the third following two free throws by Dick.

The Related Press contributed to this report.