Baylor’s Pierre Jackson Needs Help, Others Must Step Up Down the Stretch

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On Wednesday night, the Baylor Bears hit the road and fought valiantly at Iowa State. The end result however, was an 87-82 loss to the Cyclones and just another step back for the Bears overall.

Star point guard Pierre Jackson did his best to try and help Baylor secure a crucial road win within the conference, but it just wasn’t to be. Jackson finished the contest with 30 points and eight assists, showcasing once again his level of importance within head coach Scott Drew‘s offensive system.

With the loss, the Bears have now dropped back-to-back games, and are just 2-5 over the course of their past seven games overall. Neither of those two wins in that span are helping either in terms of their resume for the Big Dance.

The recent struggles for Baylor are certainly a cause for concern. At 16-10 overall and 7-6 within the Big 12 Conference, the level of panic for the Bears is reaching a season-high. The main reason behind that is because Jackson just simply cannot do it all.

Jackson was averaging 18.4 points per game entering Wednesday night, a number that will certainly increase following his 30-point outing, but in order for the Bears to be successful, they need others to step up around him. Cory Jefferson chipped in with 15 points in the loss, but there needs to be more of a collective effort on the perimeter.

Alongside Jefferson in the paint, freshman forward Isaiah Austin continues to produce in his own right, but most of the contributions from the guard position are coming from Jackson and Jackson alone on a consistent basis.

The talent level on this Bears squad is just too high for them to have suffered ten losses at this point in the season. Baylor needs to right the ship, and right it soon with March quickly approaching.

 

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