Kansas again in control of Big 12 destiny after big win over Baylor
Wednesday's performance was far from terrible when looking at the box score -- Kansas scored 1.015 PPP and turned the ball over 19 times -- but, once again, when you look a bit deeper, it gets ugly. With nine minutes to go in the first half, Kansas was down 19-9 and shooting 2-for-11 from the floor with seven turnovers. After two free throws from Quincy Acy with 4:42 to go in the half, Baylor was ahead 27-19. That's good. But by the end of the half, the Jayhawks had taken a 33-30 lead and at the 12:33 mark of the second half, they had pushed that lead to 56-34. That's a 39-7 run in the span of just over 12 minutes of game time.
At this point, it is still too soon to count Baylor out of the Big 12 race, not when the Bears have that much talent on their roster. What happens if they do put it all together? What happens if Perry Jones III learns how to become assertive and intense and take advantage of his physical tools? What if Scott Drew learns how to reach the players on his team? The Bears still have the potential to be great, but as we have seen this season, potential does not equal wins.
Jones also had eight points on 4-for-7 shooting in Baylor's loss to Missouri, eight points on 4-for-13 shooting in a win over Mississippi State and four points on 2-for-9 shooting in an overtime win against West Virginia. By comparison, Robinson had an off nights against Kentucky and Duke back in November and averaged 13.5 ppg and 13.5 rpg in the two losses. He battled foul trouble against Baylor on Wednesday and still managed 15 points and 11 boards, which paled in comparison to his 27 points and 14 boards the first time the two teams played. He also had 25 points and 13 boards against Missouri on Saturday. I'll take T-Rob any day.