WACO, Texas -- Kansas coach Bill Self knows most people look at how Andrew Wiggins plays as a barometer for what to expect from the eighth-ranked Jayhawks. Blake Bortles Jersey . Dont make the mistake of overlooking the other players around the Big 12s top-scoring freshman. Naadir Tharpe scored 22 points, nine in a go-ahead run before halftime, and the Big 12-leading Jayhawks rebounded from their first league loss with a 69-52 victory at Baylor on Tuesday night. "Weve just got to be a team that its going to be a different guy most every night," Self said. "And (Tharpe) stepped up when we needed him to step up." Early on, there were three ties and nine lead changes. Tharpes short jumper with 3 1/2 minutes left in the half broke a 25-all tie and put the Jayhawks (17-5, 8-1 Big 12) ahead to stay. The tiebreaking shot was Tharpes third basket in a 14-3 spurt over the final 5 minutes of the first half, and he added a 3-pointer with a minute left. He then made another 3 on Kansas opening possession after halftime. Wiggins, a native of Vaughan, Ont., finished 4-of-13 shooting and didnt make his first basket until a half-court shot to beat the buzzer going into halftime for a 35-27 lead. "Well, we ran that play for him at the end of the first half to get him going," Self joked of Wiggins, who finished two points off his season average. "It was big. It gave a great momentum push going into halftime," said Perry Ellis, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds. "It was great that he knocked that down. It got him going." Cory Jefferson had 14 points to lead Baylor (14-8, 2-7), which lost its fourth consecutive game at the Ferrell Center after a 13-game home winning streak. Its the longest home drought since dropping six straight in 2005. The Bears, coming off a win at then-No. 8 Oklahoma State that snapped their overall five-game losing streak, was trying to set up for a final shot before halftime when Kenny Chery threw an errant pass that Wiggins intercepted. "Round 1 is over in the league. We have to do better in Round 2," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "The good thing is I believe we can win every game, but with the Big 12 being like it is we can lose every game. We have to make sure we play well to have a chance to win." Baylor has never won consecutive games over Top 25 opponents. The Bears shot only 29 per cent from the field (16 of 55) -- Drew, looking for a positive, pointed out they did have assists on all but one of those made baskets. They were outrebounded 45-31. Kansas was coming off an 81-69 loss Saturday at surging Texas. "We just came out there without energy. I felt like even though Texas played that tremendous game out there, we kind of beat ourselves," said Tharpe, who sat the final 10 minutes of that game when had only three points on 1-of-4 shooting. "We didnt come out with any kind of energy, we had nothing. After they made a play, we had nothing coming back. So we knew coming into today in Waco, we had to come out with some fire right away. And thats what we did." In their regular season finale last March, the Jayhawks lost 81-58 at Baylor. They still had a share of their ninth consecutive Big 12 title, but that loss kept them from winning it outright. Baylor was within 49-44 midway through the second half and Wiggins had just shot and missed the rim. But the Bears missed three free throws on the same possession. Then, with Baylor students chanting "Air Ball!, Air Ball!", Wiggins swished a 3-pointer from the right wing. Wiggins scored again on the next possession to push the lead to 54-44, and had the next basket as well with a dunk with 7:49 left. Brady Heslip had 12 points on four 3-pointers, but didnt score again after his last gave Baylor a 22-21 lead with 6:34 left in the first half. "We were just playing him behind his numbers. We were running behind him," Tharpe said of second-half adjustments on Heslip. "We just knew that he got a lot of good looks off in the first half, and we couldnt let that happen again." Josh Lambo Jersey .J. -- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is going to start the off-season training program with a surgically repaired left ankle. Myles Jack Jersey . Fielder ended 4-for-5 with a solo homer, while Avila was 4-for-4 with two runs scored for the Tigers, who put the brakes on a three-game skid and rebounded from a loss in Mondays opener. Victor Martinez and Austin Jackson both contributed two hits, an RBI and a run scored as Detroit maintained its healthy lead atop the AL Central. http://www.thejaguarsfansshop.com/Jaguars-Dede-Westbrook-Draft-Jersey/ . - Young and old.South Bend, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Looking to build on a five-game win streak, the 25th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will tangle with the Florida State Seminoles in an Atlantic Coast Conference bout at Purcell Pavilion on Saturday. Florida State came out of the gate a little sluggish this season, losing three straight games in the Naismith Hall of Fame Classic after a season-opening win over Manhattan. Since that time, the Seminoles have won three of their last four games, including a 96-73 destruction of UCF last Saturday. Speaking of destruction, Notre Dame has clearly felt very comfortable in the confines of Purcell Pavilion, owning an 8-0 record at home this season. The only contest the Irish have dropped so far is a tight 75-74 loss to Providence back in November. Notre Dame is coming off a 93-67 win over Mount St. Marys. Surprisingly, these two storied programs have only met twice on the court in their all-time series. Florida State owns the 2-0 series lead, which includes a narrow 76-74 victory over the Irish in Tallahassee last season. UCF had a nightmare of a time trying to contain Florida State last Saturday as the Seminoles exploded offensively. FSU connected on 62.1 percent of its shots in the game (41-of-66 from the floor) en route to the 23-point victory. Montay Brandon was stellar in leading the team, netting 23 points with six rebounds to top each category on his squad. Aaron Thomas added 22 points with four assists. Both players sunk 10 shots from the floor. Jarquez Smith chipped in 16 points, and Kiel Turpin added 10 in thhe victory. Logan Cooke Jersey. . Florida States struggles on defense led to the teams early season destruction, but it appears things are starting to come together for the FSU defense. Entering this game, the Seminoles are allowing 67.8 ppg to opponents, while as a unit the team is scoring 70.2 ppg of its own on 48.3 percent shooting. Thomas paces the squad with a 14.8 ppg mark, followed closely by Brandons 13.4 ppg and Xavier Rathan-Mayess 12.3 ppg margin. Brandon tops the squad in rebounding, bringing down 6.4 boards per outing. Mount St. Marys didnt stand much of a chance against a very offense-driven Notre Dame squad on Tuesday night. The visitors connected on just 36.8 percent of their shots from the floor in the game, which wasnt nearly enough to keep pace with the Irish. Notre Dame netted 59 percent of their tries from the floor, including 8-of-14 from 3-point range. Zach Auguste, Jerian Grant and Steve Vasturia all netted 19 points to pace the team in the win, while Demetrius Jackson chipped in with 15 points. Auguste grabbed a team-high eight boards in the teams fifth straight victory. That strong Irish offense sports four players netting scoring averages in the double digits entering this clash with Florida State, led by Grants 19.0 ppg mark. Auguste checks in with 14.1 ppg, Pat Connaughton adds in 13.1 ppg and Jackson contributes 12.8 ppg for the Irish, who are netting 85.1 ppg as a whole. Notre Dames shooting percentage sits at an incredible 56.2 percent from the field, which includes a 41 percent mark from 3-point distance. 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