LAWRENCE, Kan. – Baylor had spent more than five decades trying to win at Allen Fieldhouse.
The Bears had blown big leads and been blown out. They took in championship teams riding high and limped away feeling low. Their sense of confidence and optimism always was replaced by more disappointment and heartache.
All those years of angst made Saturday feel so much sweeter.
With dominant guard play from Jared Butler and MaCio Teague, a suffocating performance by the Big 12's best defense and plenty of answers whenever Kansas tried to make a second-half run, the fourth-ranked Bears thumped the No. 3 Jayhawks 67-55 for their first win in 18 tries on the hallowed hardwood of the Phog.
“This year, you know, we came in with the expectation to win, the expectation to do great things,” said Butler, who finished with 22 points. “And it shows when you expect to win versus just trying to survive.”
Teague added 16 points and Freddie Gillespie had 13 points for the Bears (13-1, 3-0 Big 12), who snapped a whole slew of ignominious streaks with their victory in Lawrence. They beat a top-five team on the road for the first time in 22 attempts, won their fifth straight against a ranked team for the first time in school history and, perhaps most importantly, they beat Kansas (12-3, 2-1) in their personal house of horrors for the first time since the building opened in 1966.
The loss also ended the Jayhawks' 28-game home winning streak, the third-longest in the nation.
“I knew at some point Baylor was going to win up here and I was just hoping I would be a part of it,” Bears coach Scott Drew said. “Really pleased it was with this group because they've worked extremely hard.”
Isaiah Moss scored 15 points and Marcus Garrett had 11 for the Jayhawks, who lost leading scorer Devon Dotson to a hip pointer for a long stretch midway through the game, preventing them from finding any offensive rhythm.
Kansas was 4 of 15 beyond the arc and committed 14 turnovers that Baylor turned into 21 points
WISCONSIN 58, No. 20 PENN STATE 49: At State College, Pennsylvania, Micah Potter scored 18 of his 24 points in the first half and grabbed 13 rebounds. Brad Davison added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Badgers (10-6, 3-2 Big Ten).
Lamar Stevens had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (12-4, 2-3), who had won 13 in a row at home.
No. 15 DAYTON 88, UMASS 60: At Dayton, Ohio, Obi Toppin landed with a loud thud and grabbed his left ankle.
The capacity crowd went silent as the Flyers' top player lay on the court.
“A sprained ankle is the indication right now,” coach Anthony Grant said. “I think the next 24 hours will tell us more in terms of how it reacts.”
Dayton (14-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10) didn't need Toppin, who had 16 points, to finish off UMass (7-9, 1-2), but they could be missing their best player entering the heart of conference play.