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Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas center Cole Aldrich laughs with teammate Chase Buford as they stretch before tipping off against Baylor, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Cole Aldrich laughs with teammate Chase Buford as they stretch before tipping off against Baylor, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

January 21, 2010

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KU survives Baylor, 81-75

Baylor gave the Jayhawks a run for their money Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Enlarge video

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Kansas University improved to 15-2 all-time against Baylor, 9-0 in Lawrence. This marks the fourth-straight year that KU has won its first three Big 12 games. KU extended its homecourt win streak to 53 games.

KU has 200 all-time wins against Big 12 competition since the league’s inception in 1996-97. The Jayhawks are the first team in the league to amass 200 victories in conference play.

Junior guard Brady Morningstar made his first start of the season, replacing Tyshawn Taylor. Taylor had five assists and no turnovers. Morningstar had five points, three assists and two steals.

Freshman Xavier Henry had seven steals, most since Russell Robinson’s eight versus Yale on Dec. 29, 2007. It’s the most steals by a KU frosh since steals were recorded as stats during the 1988-89 season. KU had 15 steals, most by KU in a Big 12 game since 15 against Kansas State on March 1, 2008.

Baylor shot 52.1 percent, marking the first time in 92 games that a Kansas opponent topped the 50 percent mark. The last Jayhawk opponent to hit more than half of its shots was Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 9, 2007 (51 percent).

Marcus Morris had 22 points, one off a career high. He hit eight of 11 shots. In three Big 12 games this season, Morris has shot 22-for-29 (75.8 percent) and is averaging 20.3 points per game.

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