Baylor stymies Kansas as the Jayhawks offense struggles

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For the second Saturday in a row, No. 10 Kansas fell to a bottom-half Big 12 team.

The Jayhawks are starting to lose their grip on the conference standings following a 80-64 loss to the Baylor Bears in Waco.

Devonte’ Graham led Kansas with 23 points, while Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. looked unstoppable for Baylor with 19 points.

Kansas is now 19-6 overall and 8-4 in Big 12 play, while Baylor finishes off a 2-0 week to improve to 15-10 and 5-7 respectively.

3 Who Mattered

Devonte’ Graham: The senior point guard seemed to be the only Jayhawk able to get anything going against the Bears’ lengthy defense. He tallied 23 points — a game-high — on 8-of-17 shooting including 4-of-10 from 3-point range.

Jo Lual-Acuil Jr.: The JUCO transfer from Neosho County (Kan.) who’s made a name for himself in the Big 12, Lual-Acuil Jr. did a little bit of everything against Kansas. His 19 points included post moves, dribble drives and a 3-pointer.

Malik Newman: Kansas only used 3 players off the bench against the Bears, and Newman led that group in scoring with 14 points. However, he was just 2-of-10 on his 3-point attempts.

Observations

The Jayhawks’ lack of size is being exposed: Udoke Azubuike only played sparingly in the second half while Mitch Lightfoot ended up fouling out. Baylor’s bigs are able to stretch the floor with their capability to hit shots from the perimeter, exposing Kansas’ lack of size even more.

Silvio De Sousa isn’t the answer off the bench, either. He racked up zero points, a turnover and a foul.

The Jayhawks were once again outrebounded 33-30.

Svi Mykhailiuk has lost his swagger: After 4 straight games of double-digit scoring for the senior guard, Mykhailiuk scored just 1 point against Baylor and only has 3 points over the last 2 games. Mykhailiuk was 1-of-8 from the field against the Bears.

Kansas is still settling for outside jumpers: Baylor’s length inside caused problems all day for Kansas’ offense, eventually forcing the Jayhawks to live-and-die by the three — and they died on it.

Kansas was a pitiful 6-of-31 from deep in the game — Graham and Newman were the only players to hit 3-pointers. The rest of the team was a combined 0-of-11.

Turning Point

Over the course of just over a minute, Baylor guard Manu Lecomte went on a 6-0 run of his own has he buried a pair of 3-pointers. That swelled the Bears’ lead from 60-56 back to 66-56 with just 4:29 left in the game.

Kansas had been trimming the deficit for much of the second half up to that point, but those triples felt like daggers.

The Number: 11

Prior to Saturday’s win, Baylor had lost 11 straight games to Kansas.

That streak died, while the Bears’ NCAA Tournament hopes may have been revived in the process.

What’s Next for Kansas Basketball

Kansas travels to Ames on Tuesday for a matchup against Iowa State — a team that beat Oklahoma at home on Saturday.

Kansas-Iowa State tips off at  6 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN2.

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