No. 3 Kansas fights off No. 1 Baylor in thrilling Big 12 showdown

In a battle between national title contenders, No. 3 Kansas escaped No. 1 Baylor 64-61 Saturday in Waco, Texas, shifting the Big 12 Conference race and avenging a January loss. 

Kansas, which had won 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season titles before Texas Tech won last season, jumps back to the top of this year's league standings — tied with Baylor at 13-1 and four games ahead of Tech. 

The Jayhawks fed off big man Udoka Azubuike, who scored 13 of his 23 points in the first half to go along with19 rebounds. The 7-footer missed most of last season with a hand injury and gives KU a dynamic big man to carry the Jayhawks when they're not shooting well from long range (KU finished 23% from beyond the arc).

The Bears, who only allow opponents 58 points a game on the season, didn't have much of an answer for Azubuike and couldn't muster an offensive rhythm of their own. Jared Butler(19 points) paced Baylor in the loss. 

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