The No. 1 ranked Baylor Bears were at home Saturday afternoon against the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks. The Bears had a chance to stay undefeated in the conference and make a statement against their Big 12 foe.
Instead, Kansas pulled out a 64-61 victory to stay tied atop the conference. Funny how that ALWAYS. HAPPENS.
Baylor had already beaten Kansas on the road this season. That seemed to make the Bears sure favorites at home against the Jayhawks. But Bill Self's squad was up to the challenge and made Baylor look like the little brother in the Big 12 once again, when it mattered most.
The singular reason why? Udoka Azubuike, who was a man among boys against the squad that's been determined to be the top team in the nation. He posted 23 and 19 on 11-of-13 shooting, the kind of line that would absolutely make a mockery of any team, whether it be the nation's No. 1 or an also ran.
Baylor entered the game with a 24-1 record, having not lost since November against Washington in what was the second game of the young season. This is a Bears team looking to advance beyond the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2012.
These two teams are poised for a third matchup this season in the Big 12 Tournament. Yet after Saturday's game, Kansas has the upper hand, and Baylor may be left wondering what it will take to finally overtake the Jayhawks when the calendar creeps closer to March.