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Baylor Bears One of the Biggest Snubs In Coaches Poll

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The Baylor Bears may have not made the NCAA tournament last season, but they still managed to win the NIT. That has to count for something, but apparently the USA Today Coaches Poll thinks otherwise. Baylor is not ranked in the top 25 and it is one of the biggest snubs.

The Bears are the next team up in line, though, as they received the 26th most points. Virginia is ranked No. 25 and has 103 points and Baylor has 102 votes. I guess it does not matter in the grand scheme of things since Baylor will have to play Colorado in the first game of the season.

The Buffaloes received the 27th most points in the Coaches Poll. Whoever wins that matchup on Nov. 8 will more than likely be ranked the following week. College hoops offers upsets on a weekly basis and there is no reason why this season will be any different. Translation: a top 25 team will more than likely lose and it will more than likely get booted out of the top 25; the winner of the Colorado vs. Baylor matchup will then enter the rankings.

Baylor is losing its leading scorer in Pierre Jackson, but Cory Jefferson, Isaiah Austin and Brady Heslip will be back (among others). Jefferson averaged 13.3 points per game and eight rebounds per game last season, Austin averaged 13 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game and Heslip averaged 8.6 points per game.

As you may or may not know, Heslip can flat out shoot. I am sure the Buffs know a thing or two about that since Heslip dropped nine threes against them in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Colorado did get revenge by beating Baylor in the Charleston Classic last season.

Still, Baylor has more than enough talent to be ranked and it is one of the biggest snubs in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

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NCAA Tournament Profile: Baylor Bears

Record: 24-9

RPI: 10

BPI: 19

Conference: Big 12 Conference

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

Region: No. 3 seed in West

 

The Baylor Bears didn’t win the Big 12 title, but there was no question that they were an NCAA tournament team entering the Big 12 tourney. That tends to be the case when a team is ranked in the top 25 entering the final week of the season.

The Bears had the pleasure of playing in the dance last season, but they went down to the Wisconsin Badgers, who ended up making a run to the Final Four.

This time around, they have the talent to make a similar run to Wisconsin’s, and playing in the very deep Big 12 certainly didn’t hurt. Translation: Baylor is tournament tested, if you will.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Taurean Prince (13.8 PPG)

Leading Rebounder: Rico Gathers (11.6 RPG)

Leading Passer: Kenny Chery (4.0 APG)

Bad Losses: None

Good Wins: Iowa State (twice), Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia (x3)

 

Would you look at all of those quality wins. Iowa State, Oklahoma and West Virginia all have the talent to make a Final Four run. All three of those teams won’t make that type of run, but the talent is still definitely there.

Although Baylor doesn’t exactly have star power, said star power doesn’t always mean everything, especially in a tournament as crazy as the Big Dance. The team does have four players who are averaging 10+ points per game, and can keep up with the best of them. Once again, the Bears did manage to knock off Iowa State … twice.

The Baylor Bears are dancing!

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

The Baylor Bears may have had an early exit last season, but this year's squad has the talent to make a serious run.

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