Baylor Is Playing Itself Out of 2013 NCAA Tournament

By Trevor Lowry
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Baylor Bears were not really a bubble team for most of the season. That is until now. Baylor may have just as much talent as anyone, but with three straight losses, the Bears are playing themselves out of the NCAA tournament.

Baylor is 16-11 on the season with a 7-7 record in the Big 12. That leaves this team sixth in the conference standings.

In their out-of-conference schedule, the Bears have beaten Lehigh, Kentucky and BYU, but they did lose to Colorado, Charleston, Northwestern and Gonzaga.

In Big 12 play, Baylor has only beaten Oklahoma State and by that I mean the Cowboys are the only team that the Bears have beaten this season that are ahead of them in the conference standings. This conference will be lucky to get six teams into the dance, which would leave the Bears out, despite entering the season with a lot of hype.

Baylor was supposed to challenge Kansas for a Big 12 title, with Pierre Jackson returning to the team, along with incoming freshman Isaiah Austin joining. Those are not the only good players on the team, but they are the best.

Well, Baylor has lost three straight games, which were very crucial games for this bubble team. Kansas State, Iowa State and Oklahoma. Those are the teams that Baylor has played in the past three games and all three of those teams are ahead of the Bears in the standings.  However, this team will have a chance to get off of the bubble and propel into the dance with some style. Baylor still has two showdowns left against Kansas State and Kansas.

A win in either game would be great. If not, Baylor will have to do wonders in the Big 12 tournament just to punch a ticket this year.


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