Kansas vs. Baylor score, takeaway: No. 4 Jayhawks still dominate at home over No.
No. 4 Kansas survived a scare by knocking off No. 13 Baylor 64-61 at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. Baylor star freshman Ja’Kobe Walter missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer at the top of the key that would have sent the game into overtime.
Kansas (19-5, 7-4 Big 12) earned its sixth Quad 1 victory and did so without star guard Kevin McCullar Jr., who missed his second game of the season with a knee injury. Kansas guard Dajuan Harris Jr.
The Jayhawks have won six of their last nine games after suffering a road loss to UCF in the second conference game of the season. Four of Kansas’ five starters finished the game in double figures, which included star big man Hunter Dickinson scoring a team-high 15 points.
Baylor (17-6, 6-4) saw its three-game conference winning streak snapped with the loss. The Bears entered the weekend with back-to-back wins over UCF, Iowa State and Texas Tech to move closer to the top of the conference standings after a three-game losing streak through the end of January.
Baylor freshman Yves Missi scored a game-high 21 points, while Walter added 17. The Bears did not record a field goal in the final 4:32, and Kansas finished the game 1 of 10 from the floor.
Kansas will respond in a big way without McCullar
The past week has been a rollercoaster for Kansas. The Jayhawks recorded their biggest win last weekend over Houston at Allen Fieldhouse, and followed up that performance with a loss to in-state rival Kansas State on the road . Days later … you guessed it, Kansas responded in a big way and did so without its best player. He also won despite star point guard, Dajuan Harris Jr. playing on an ankle for the final minutes of regulation after going to the locker room to have the injury checked.
Even three months into the season, it’s hard to find a floor because of how inconsistent Kansas has been. The Jayhawks could be the first weekend in the tournament or win it all because it is a tournament at the top. Knocking off a top-15 opponent in conference play without a key reinforcement will not only give Kansas a boost to resume but should also give the team some confidence for the stretch run of play Big 12.
Yves Missi takes a star turn
The talk of the town in Waco, Texas, has been about Ja’Kobe Walter and for good reason. The former five-star recruit came into the season with a lot of hype, and for the most part, Walter has lived up to most of those expectations. But Baylor coach Scott Drew is pleased that he only has one star player in his first year as Yves Missi is becoming a star.
The Baylor big man scored a game-high 21 points and added eight rebounds just days after scoring 17 points in a win over Texas Tech. Missi also had his best game two weeks ago when he scored 25 points against TCU. While his scoring output is impressive, it’s Missi’s defensive game that turns heads.
Missi will post a table version if he continues on this path. Drew is also going to be relied on to maintain this level of play if the Bears want to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament next month.