Halftime thoughts: KU fighting back

March, 12, 2009
03/12/09
1:36
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kansas has battled back from an early 17-point deficit to climb back to within 37-33 against Baylor at halftime in the opening game of the Big 12 quarterfinals.

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.

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