Baylor vs. Kansas: No. 7 Jayhawks Beat No. 3 Bears; Are They Top Dogs in Big 12?

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIJanuary 17, 2012

LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 16:  Thomas Robinson #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks hugs Kevin Young #40 as Tyshawn Taylor #10 screams as the Jayhawks defeat the Baylor Bears 92-74 to win the game on January 16, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Monday night could not have gone any better for seventh-ranked Kansas. While hosting the undefeated, third-ranked Baylor Bears, the Jayhawks knew this would be a chance for them to shine on the national spotlight and make a statement in the Big 12.

Baylor had a 29-26 lead following a jumper from Perry Jones with 4:10 remaining in the first half. The Jayhawks went on a 13-0 run to end the first half, making it 39-29 Kansas.

Kansas never looked back in the second half and cruised through the Bears to win, 92-74.

Tyshawn Taylor continues to improve, as he tied his career high of 28 points, which he also had on Saturday against Iowa State. Thomas Robinson continued to show his dominance, coming away with 27 points and 14 rebounds.

The key factor that lifted the Jayhawks over the Bears was that every Kansas starter scored in double digits.

With a huge win over the previously undefeated Baylor Bears, who is the best team in the Big 12?

Kansas holds the best record in the Big 12 and has to be considered the best basketball team in the conference. However, Bill Self knows there are many games left to play.

With Missouri and Baylor not far from Kansas, Self knows that his players must continue to play basketball at a high level.

With Kansas 5-0 in conference play, fans need to keep in mind that bigger tasks are still ahead. Kansas must continue to prove it can beat Baylor again on the road in February. Kansas has yet to play Missouri this season and hopes to go 2-0 against the fifth-ranked Tigers.

Because Kansas State defeated Missouri last week, this makes Kansas the only undefeated team in the Big 12. Even though Kansas does not hold the best record, it still has the big win over Ohio State, even though Jared Sullinger was absent from that game.

Kansas started the season ranked 13th in the AP poll. Now ranked at seventh, the Jayhawks will only play better and continue to make a case that they are the best team in the Big 12. Self has to make sure that his players are not overconfident in order for them to finish strong.