Kansas has been less than dominant in its last two Big 12 games, but Jayhawks coach Bill Self doesn't think that's a bad thing.
The No. 5 Jayhawks (16-2, 3-0) look to push their winning streak to 11 when they visit Texas Tech (13-5, 2-1) on Saturday.The Jayhawks defeated Iowa State 68-64 in overtime last Saturday, thanks in large part to two key baskets in the extra period by leading scorer Brandon Rush. Kansas followed that up with an 80-77 victory over Missouri on Monday.The Jayhawks bounced back after shooting 41.9 percent against the Cyclones with a 49.1-percent effort against the Tigers, including 14-of-25 (56 percent) in the second half.Reserve Sherron Collins scored a season-high 23 points and Rush added 16 points and seven rebounds. Collins and fellow freshman Darrell Arthur scored 17 of Kansas' final 19 points to help stave off a late charge by Missouri."I'm proud of our guys," Self said. "The last two games we've had guys step up and make plays in the biggest part of the game."Guys were just playing so hard. I was pleased."Collins, averaging 8.6 points per game, has scored in double figures the last three games. One of the nation's top high school recruits, he was inconsistent during the 15-game non-conference schedule, scoring in double figures just five times and getting held to five points or fewer on five occasions."I still feel like a freshman," Collins said. "I don't think I am going to stop feeling like a freshman."Self, however, is happy with what he sees from the first-year player."That's the Sherron we recruited," he said. "It takes time for guys to get comfortable and this was a big game for him ... Sherron was the man tonight. He has a great attitude."This is the 11th time in the last 12 meetings with Texas Tech that Kansas has been ranked in the Top 25, and the sixth time during that stretch the Jayhawks have been in the top 5.The Jayhawks are 16-2 against Texas Tech, with both losses coming in Lubbock.The Red Raiders had their three-game winning streak snapped Saturday with a 73-70 loss to Baylor. Jon Plefka scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds off the bench, while Jarrius Jackson had 16 points and Martin Zeno added 14.The Bears led by three with 23 seconds left, and Jackson had two opportunities to tie the game. Texas Tech's leading scorer at 20.8 points per game, Jackson missed both 3-point attempts, handing coach Bob Knight his first loss since he became the winningest coach in Division I history with 882."(Baylor's Curtis Jerrells and Aaron Bruce) did a much better job offensively than our guys did, and I think by the same token, played better defense than we did," Knight said. "We had a tough time at the end trying to get in."The Red Raiders are 8-1 at home this season.