After a rough end to the Big 12 season, Baylor played their best game in over a month with a dominating 82-74 victory over Kansas State in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City on Thursday.
The story of the game, besides the Bears eye-catching neon crayon uniforms, was the play of Perry Jones III, who had a career-high 31 points and 11 rebounds on 11-14 shooting.
The Wildcats had no answer for the length, athleticism and skill-level of Jones, who used his 6'11 235 frame to create easy shots at the rim at will.
On the other end of the ball, Baylor had a much more balanced ratio of man to zone defense, using AJ Walton to shadow Rodney McGruder all over the floor, hounding the Kansas State star to a 5-13 shooting performance.
With the win, the Bears advance to play the winner of the Kansas/Texas A&M game on Friday.