Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Selden, KU Rout Baylor ; Jayhawks Likely to Move Up to No. 1 Spot after Win

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Selden, KU Rout Baylor ; Jayhawks Likely to Move Up to No. 1 Spot after Win

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LAWRENCE -- It's not best to ask Wayne Selden about Wayne Selden.

The junior guard isn't one to talk much about himself -- not even after a 24-point performance in No. 2 Kansas' 102-74 demolishing of 23rd-ranked Baylor on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

"Just trying to do things to help the team win," Selden said.

When the college basketball week flips Monday, KU will likely be the No. 1 team, a feat it hasn't accomplished since late in the 2010- 11 season.

A big reason for that will be the emergence of Selden, who has gone from offensive afterthought in his first two seasons to leading scorer on a Final Four contender.

Others will tell the story better than he will.

"He's growing. He knows what he has to do for us," teammate Devonte' Graham said. "We need him to just be like our alpha dog."

The 6-foot-5 guard certainly appeared to be that in the first half, putting in three 3-pointers in the opening 61/2 minutes to help the Jayhawks to a 24-4 lead.

Selden made his first seven shots of the game, racing to 18 first- half points on 4-for-4 3-point shooting.

"A much more mature player. Confident. Can do more," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "At the end of the day, you look out there, and he's a man now."

KU coach Bill Self was asked afterward about Selden's improvement. How is it that the Roxbury, Mass., native has upped his scoring average from 9.4 to 15.5, all while shooting 55 percent from 3?

"We don't have anything to do with it. It's him," Self said. "He's more confident. This summer really helped him. He's driving the ball to set up his shot as opposed to hoping he makes shots to set up everything else."

Self also admits to being part of the problem in Selden's first two seasons. In both those years, the coach recruited over Selden in bringing top recruits Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre to Lawrence for one-and-done seasons. Because the team was limited in its number of ball-handlers, Selden was forced to the off-guard position, where he had to become the type of player he wasn't. …

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