February 9, 2012

Withey put on a show against Baylor

No. 10 Kansas (19-5; 9-2) took its show on the road Wednesday night and didn't disappoint, throttling No. 6 Baylor (21-3; 8-3) 68-54 Wednesday night in Waco, Tex.

After seeing the final score one would think Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor once again went off and led the way, but this time is was the hot-and-cold Jeff Withey, scoring 25 points and looking like one of the type three centers in the country.

Withey was in the zone and Kansas continued to find him, especially considering Robinson was being smothered by Baylor's bigs and guards.

Tyshawn Taylor, who played another solid game for Kansas scoring 19 points and hitting several deep threes in the first half to help the Jayhawks come back after starting the game on the wrong end of a 7-0 run by the Bears.

Taylor said he and his teammates had been in the ear of their 7-footer to try and get him motivated, after all , Withey has had big games for KU, yet seems to disappear at times. Against Baylor, a team with length and size, Withey was needed and his teammates received what they asked for.

Withey's continued improvement this season should earn him at least honorable mention for first or second team All-Big 12 and his play has given KU another viable scorer and great shot blocker in the low post, making them a dangerous team come tournament time.

The Jayhawks also received production and solid minutes from its bench. Conner Teahan has struggled in conference play and has received plenty of criticism for his poor play recently, scored 8 points and hit two key three-pointers at the end of the first half to bring Kansas back from being down and took a three point lead to the break.

In the second half, it was all Kansas and all Withey, Robinson, and Taylor. The Jayhawks now head back to Lawrence to host Oklahoma State in Lawrence.

For Baylor, a team which doesn't seem to be able to win the games against the very best of the best, has now dropped both meetings against Kansas and once again, Perry Jones III played another quiet, subpar game in which he looked almost disinterested.

23 NBA scouts were on hand to see his five point performance while Withey (25) and Robinson (15 points, 11 rebounds) were impressive in winning what may end up being the Big 12 title-saving win of the year.

Guard Pierre Jackson led Baylor with 16 points and was seemingly the only player the Bears had to look to for points Wednesday night.

After dropping a game to Missouri, the Big 12 title race became increasingly tighter for Kansas but the win over Baylor, effectively knocking the Bears out of it, has the Jayhawks in a great spot moving forward and still hosting the Tigers for a rematch.

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