In one of Bill Self’s most legendary coaching performances to date, Kansas overcame a 17-point deficit to outscore the Baylor Bears 55-26 in the second half. KU eventually won by a score of 87-71.
It was an incredible performance from a Jayhawks team that got off to an extremely slow start to the game. They began their comeback with a crowd-fueled 34-9 run by Allen Fieldhouse and Dajuan Harris, who scored all 14 points in those ten minutes.
Perhaps the Sunflower jerseys gave them some second-half magic. It was only the second time in program history that they have been showcased, the debut coming last season in the Sunflower Showdown against Kansas State. They remain undefeated when playing in these kits.
The Jayhawks eventually took a comfortable lead late into the game to cruise to the win. Despite a lack of three-point shooting, including seven errors by Gradey Dick, Kansas was still able to put points on the board.
Jalen Wilson and KJ Adams combined to hit 16 free throws, the two being KU’s leading scorers in the contest. Wilson had a rough night of shooting, but Adams was a difference maker throughout the game for the Jayhawks.
No matter how many times a team led by Bill Self makes an incredible comeback, it gets harder to believe every time. Victories like these are ones that only championship contenders can achieve
It wasn’t just an electric atmosphere and an accomplishment, as Kansas edged ahead of Baylor in the Big 12 standings. Were it not for an overtime win for the Texas Longhorns, KU might have been the No.
With four games remaining in conference play, Kansas must take care of business for the remainder of the regular season. They play a tough road game against No. 22 TCU tomorrow night before back-to-back home games against West Virginia and Texas Tech, who are in the bottom of the Big 12. Their last game of the season is against the Longhorns in Austin.
Considering both schools are 10-4 in conference play, there’s a good chance the final game of the season will determine the Big 12 regular season champions. Winning the Big 12 and defeating Texas on the road could make KU nearly a lockout for a seed n. 1 as Selection Sunday.
An away game against one of the best teams in the country is a tall order. However, the Jayhawks are making a claim right now to be the best team in college basketball. Their guard and wing talent rivals any school in the country, and the Jayhawks team has finally cemented itself into an elite squad.