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MBB: Baylor (9-5; 1-1) vs Kansas (13-2; 2-1) Preview & Game Thread

January 10, 2019
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Baylor (9-5; 1-1) hosts Kansas  (13-2; 1-1) at the Ferrell Center in Waco, TX Saturday January 12th at 3pm CST.  The game is televised on ESPN. 

KenPom Rankings

Kansas:  10 overall; 30 offensive efficiency; 7 defensive efficiency

Baylor:  52 overall; 115 offensive efficiency; 35 defensive efficiency

Prediction:  Kansas 70 Baylor 66


Coaches

Kansas:  Bill Self (56); 667-204 (460-99 at KU) 20 NCAAs; 13 Sweet 16s; 10 Elite 8s; 3 FFs; 1 NC

Baylor:  Scott Drew (48); 327-210 overall (307-199 at Baylor); 7 NCAAs; 4 Sweet 16s; 2 Elite 8s


Kansas Starters

PG:  Devon Dotson (FR) 6-2 185 lbs; 11 ppg; 3 asst; 3 reb; 50% FG; 39% 3pt; 80% FT

SG:  Quentin Grimes (FR) 6-5 210 lbs; 9 ppg; 2 reb; 2 asst; 42% FG; 30% 3pt; 63% FT

SF:  Marcus Garrett (SO); 6-5 195 lbs; 6 ppg; 4 reb; 3 asst; 34% FG; 18% 3pt; 66% FT

PF:  Lagerald Vick (SR); 6-5 190 lbs; 15 ppg; 4 reb; 47% FG; 43% 3pt; 70% FT

C:  Dedric Lawson (JR) 6-9 235 lbs; 20 ppg; 11 reb; 50% FG; 21% 3pt; 77% FT

Kansas Bench

G:  Ochai Agbaji (FR) 6-5 210 lbs; 7 ppg; 4 reb; 60% FG; 50% 3pt

F:  Mitch Lightfoot (JR); 6-8 225 lbs; 2 ppg; 2 reb; 57% FG; 60% FT

F:  KJ Lawson (SO) 6-8 210 lbs; 3 ppg; 2 reb; 48% FG; 33% 3pt; 73% FT


Baylor Starters

PG:  Makai Mason (SR) 6-1 180 lbs; 15 ppg; 3 reb; 3 asst; 44% FG; 33% 3pt; 83% FT

SG:  King McClure (SR) 6-3 215 lbs; 10 ppg; 5 reb; 2 asst; 2 st; 41% FG; 37% 3pt; 77% FT

SF:  Mario Kegler (SO) 6-7 230 lbs; 9 ppg; 7 reb; 1 blk; 37% FG; 8% 3pt; 64% FT

PF:  Mark Vital (SO) 6-5 230 lbs; 6 ppg; 7 reb; 2 asst; 45% FG; 23% 3pt; 42% FT

C:  Tristan Clark (SO) 6-9 250 lbs; 15 ppg; 6 reb; 2 blks; 74% FG; 25% 3pt; 67% FT

Baylor Bench

G:  Devonte Bandoo (JR) 6-3 195 lbs; 7 ppg; 2 reb; 45% FG; 34% 3pt; 95% FT

G:  Jared Butler (FR) 6-3 185 lbs; 7 ppg; 2 reb; 2 asst; 35% FG; 23% 3pt; 86% FT

F:  Matthew Mayer (FR) 6-9 200 lbs; 6 ppg; 2 reb; 34% FG; 35% 3pt; 69% FT

Discussion from...

MBB: Baylor (9-5; 1-1) vs Kansas (13-2; 2-1) Preview & Game Thread

rudylaw
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KU getting extra steps on every possession. What new.
rudylaw
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Boatraced the last 90 seconds.
HoustonBear15
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Some bad/missed calls combined with good shooting allowed KU to go on a run.
VaeBear
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Missed a moving pick on that last play
Brendan
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Would be nice to take back those final 2 minutes...
Booray
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Self has pictures of every single Big 12 ref.
CaliforniaGlowin
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Wow I was almost going to give up on them.
BaylorOkie
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Who did Drew put into the starting lineup? I missed the start.
Booray
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BaylorOkie said:

Who did Drew put into the starting lineup? I missed the start.


Butler
HoustonBear15
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Great pass by Mark.
Booray
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What happened there?
HoustonBear15
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Booray said:

What happened there?
Looks like they ran into each other on our last offensive possession and smacked heads. Not quite sure how exactly but there was a lot of blood.
HoustonBear15
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Flo and Freddie are so uncoordinated.
Illinois Bear
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Mayer couldn't throw the ball in the ocean if he was standing on the beach.
Mitch Henessey
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Gillespie is not a D1 player
HoustonBear15
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Illinois Bear said:

Mayer couldn't throw the ball in the ocean if he was standing on the beach.
And it continues. Should only be down by 2
bear2be2
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Mitch Henessey said:

Gillespie is not a D1 player
I thought he held his own defensively for the most part. He had some nice deflections and rebounds. But we're playing 4 on 5 on the offensive end every second that he plays.
bear2be2
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HoustonBear15 said:

Illinois Bear said:

Mayer couldn't throw the ball in the ocean if he was standing on the beach.
And it continues. Should only be down by 2
Mayer just needs to slow down and let the game come to him. Once he does and everything clicks, he's going to be a really good offensive player.
geewago
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wgeralds said:

i don't know what offense baylor runs. this weird pick and pass thing at the top of the key just puts us in a weird position to rush the last 10 seconds and put up errant shots. anyone with some real basketball knowledge (not just TV watching kind like me ) know what that is?
I've always called it "glorified streetball".
bear2be2
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geewago said:

wgeralds said:

i don't know what offense baylor runs. this weird pick and pass thing at the top of the key just puts us in a weird position to rush the last 10 seconds and put up errant shots. anyone with some real basketball knowledge (not just TV watching kind like me ) know what that is?
I've always called it "glorified streetball".
People have been saying this for years, ignoring the fact that Scott Drew has put elite offensive teams on the court far more often than not over the past 11 years. The last two years have been a struggle because we are/were short on outside shooting threats, but since 2008, our KenPom adjusted offensive efficiency rankings (points per 100 possessions, adjusted for competition) rank as follows:

2018-19 -- 109th
2017-18 -- 62nd
2016-17 -- 23rd
2015-16 -- 14th
2014-15 -- 13th
2013-14 -- 10th
2012-13 -- 19th
2011-12 -- 13th
2010-11 -- 99th
2009-10 -- 5th
2008-09 -- 14th
2007-08 -- 19th

It's crazy to me that people still question Scott Drew's abilities as a coach given all he's accomplished the past 11 years. He's lost some recruiting battles lately and has had some trouble with roster building at different times throughout his tenure, but when he has talent to work with, his teams are always a tough out.
StatMan
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I was at the Ferrell Center this past Saturday afternoon. It shocked me not to see Tristan Clark in the staring lineup for Baylor. Then, I received a text message saying he suffered a season ending knee surgery. After Baylor fell behind 18-2, I was concerned this Big XII MBB game would become a blowout. Amazing to see the Baylor Bears rally to within 2 points in the 1st half, and the late 2nd half comeback to close the deficit to just 4 points before the 73-68 loss to Kansas. Plenty of grit and effort by the Baylor Bears before a very good crowd at the Ferrell Center.
setshot
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Thanks, Stat....your reports are always appreciated. Succinct and accurate.
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