Halftime thoughts: KU fighting back
Kansas responded by running off nine straight points after Baylor's largest lead, pulling back within four on Tyshawn Taylor's 3 with three seconds left in the half.
The Jayhawks did a nice job on LaceDarius Dunn and Curtis Jerrells in the final six minutes of the half after the quick Baylor backcourt had blistered the Jayhawks with five 3-pointers early in the game. Dunn scored 11 and Jerrells added 10, but both were shut out during Kansas' late first-half run.
Taylor has made himself a force with a team-high 10 points at the half.
If the Bears are to have any chance to make the lead stand up, they must do a better job in the paint and on the boards. Kansas center Cole Aldrich has imposed his will inside with six points and eight rebounds. The Jayhawks have an 18-14 edge on points in the paint and a 19-12 rebounding advantage, including eight offensive carom rebounds.
A loss in Thursday's game might end up costing the Jayhawks a line or two when the pairings are announced on Sunday. If they lose, they could drop to around a 4-seed.