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Kansas lost all five starters from last year's championship team, leaving Collins and center Cole Aldrich as the only ones with significant experience.
Collins struggled through 6-for-20 shooting, bracketing 1-for-8 stretches around one run of four straight baskets to start the second half. Aldrich took only five shots and finished with eight points and 14 rebounds.
"We're not very tough if we can't come back from this. You shouldn't base your entire psyche or your confidence level on one game," Self said. "I think we've probably got some confidence over time, but we did a bad job today as a group."
Baylor got off to a hot start behind Dunn's three 3-pointers and 11 points, and took a 30-13 lead on Curtis Jerrells' 3 from the left wing.
Aldrich then started a 9-0 Kansas comeback with four points off of offensive rebounds, and the Jayhawks were already back within 37-33 when Taylor finished the first half with a 3-pointer from the right wing. The rest of the lead was gone when Collins converted a spinning layup with his back to the basket just over 2 minutes into the second half.
Reed hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer from the right corner with 9:40 left to put Kansas up for the first time since the opening minute, and Markieff Morris' putback stretched the lead to 58-53 before Dunn got the Bears back on track.
He had two 3-pointers and a steal for a fast-break layup in the Bears' go-ahead spurt, and his 3 from the right wing gave the Bears a 65-58 edge with 3:41 remaining.
Tyrel Reed and Collins responded with back-to-back 3-pointers to pull the Jayhawks back within one, but Mamadou Diene protected the lead by swatting away Collins' potential go-ahead shot in the lane with 1:57 left. Rogers hit a pair of free throws at the other end before Collins missed on another drive to the basket before missing everything with his final 3-point attempt.
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