- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - As far as Baylor coach Scott Drew is concerned, Kansas has no weakness.

Well, maybe one.

“If anything, they might be tough to coach,” Drew said, “because they have too many options.”

He saw all of them on Saturday.

Wayne Selden scored 24 points behind some hot outside shooting, Perry Ellis added 17 points mostly at the rim, and the second-ranked Jayhawks used a big run over the first 10 minutes to swamp the 23rd-ranked Bears in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Devonte Graham added 15 points and Frank Mason III had 11 for the Jayhawks (12-1, 1-0), who charged out to a 22-4 lead, then turned back every attempt by the Bears (10-3, 0-1) to make it a game.

“If they’re shooting like this, and they take care of the basketball and defend, it’s going to be hard for anybody to beat them,” Drew said.

It was the Jayhawks’ sixth straight win over Baylor - which has never won in 14 trips to Lawrence - and 25th consecutive conference-opening win. It was also their 31st straight win at Allen Fieldhouse, where No. 3 Oklahoma will visit for another high-profile showdown Monday night.

“It should be a great atmosphere,” Self said. “It should be hopping.”

Taurean Prince had 13 of his 17 points in the second half for Baylor. Lester Medford added 15, all but three after the break, while Rico Gathers finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Offense wasn’t the issue for Baylor, though. It was its zone defense, which typically befuddles opponents. But the Jayhawks’ long, lanky shooters hit five of their first six 3-point attempts, then started to slash to the basket when lanes opened, forcing the Bears into man-to-man.

After the Bears scored the opening point on a free throw, the Jayhawks ripped off a 24-3 run over the next 10 minutes that forced Drew to burn two timeouts.

“They just hit some great shots, played some great basketball, and they got on a run on us,” Medford said. “They stuck with it the whole game.”

Selden did most of the damage, hitting three 3-pointers, but in truth just about everybody got into the act. Graham’s 3-pointer led it off. Ellis had a put-back and 3 of his own. Mason added his own basket along with a couple of nifty feeds that set up more easy looks.

The lead quickly stretched to 20 points, and was still 28-8 with about 10 minutes to go.

What eventually slowed down the Jayhawks were fouls, which consequently turned into the Bears’ best offense. Baylor scored 19 points from the field and 13 from the line in the first 20 minutes.

The Jayhawks went through a short shooting slump early in the second half, and a basket by Gathers in the paint made it 52-40 with just under 17 minutes to go. But Graham answered with a deep jumper at the other end, and Ellis scored on consecutive possessions to help Kansas regain control.

The lead never approached single digits again as the Jayhawks drew away.

“I think there’s no doubt,” Drew said, “who the No. 1 team in the nation is.”


The double-round robin schedule means Baylor gets a visit from Kansas on Feb. 23. “It’s a great opportunity to see how much we get better between now and the next time we face them,” Drew said.


Told that Drew thought he had become a complete player, Selden replied: “I don’t know if I have become a complete player. Just trying to be aggressive, do things to help the team win.”


Baylor: Al Freeman, averaging more than 13 points, was 2 of 10 from the field and had six points. … The Bears entered the game leading the nation in assists at more than 22 per game. They had eight. … Baylor was 25 of 31 from the free-throw line.

Kansas: Selden matched a career-best with five 3-pointers. … Jayhawks coach Bill Self improved to 197-9 at the Phog. He is 17-4 against Baylor overall. … The Jayhawks have shot better than 40 percent from beyond the arc in 10 of their last 11 games. They were 11 of 19 in this one.


Baylor hosts Oklahoma State on Tuesday night.

Kansas hosts No. 3 Oklahoma on Monday night.

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