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“We just came out there without energy. I felt like even though Texas played that tremendous game out there, we kind of beat ourselves,” said Tharpe, who sat the final 10 minutes of that game when had only three points on 1-of-4 shooting. “We didn’t come out with any kind of energy, we had nothing. After they made a play, we had nothing coming back. So we knew coming into today in Waco, we had to come out with some fire right away. And that’s what we did.”

In their regular season finale last March, the Jayhawks lost 81-58 at Baylor. They still had a share of their ninth consecutive Big 12 title, but that loss kept them from winning it outright.

Baylor was within 49-44 midway through the second half and Wiggins had just shot and missed the rim.

But the Bears missed three free throws on the same possession. Then, with Baylor students chanting “Air Ball!, Air Ball!”, Wiggins swished a 3-pointer from the right wing. Wiggins scored again on the next possession to push the lead to 54-44, and had the next basket as well with a dunk with 7:49 left.

Brady Heslip had 12 points on four 3-pointers, but didn’t score again after his last gave Baylor a 22-21 lead with 6:34 left in the first half.

“We were just playing him behind his numbers. We were running behind him,” Tharpe said of second-half adjustments on Heslip. “We just knew that he got a lot of good looks off in the first half, and we couldn’t let that happen again.”