The No. 9 Baylor Bears finished their non-conference schedule with a 12–1 record after rolling over the much weaker Savannah State Tigers 80–50. The win will give the Bears a lot of confidence going forward as they open Big 12 play on January 7 against the No. 13 undefeated Iowa State Cyclones.
At the moment, the Big 12 looks like it could be the strongest college basketball conference in the country, which means that it is going to be extremely difficult for the Bears to win the conference. Every team in the Big 12 has at least eight wins and four teams are in the top 25.
The No. 16 Kansas Jayhawks are still the favorites despite losing three games, and No. 13 Iowa State and No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys are also capable of winning the Big 12. On top of those teams, the Kansas State Wildcats and the Texas Longhorns have also shown that they are capable of pulling off upsets. The Big 12 isn’t going to be easy for any team.
However, Baylor has everything necessary to not only succeed in the Big 12, but win as well. Cory Jefferson is an outstanding college basketball player that is nearly averaging a double-double and has the ability to take control of a game. Most importantly, the Bears have one of the deepest benches in all of college basketball; eight players are averaging at least six points a game.
Baylor isn’t a team whose stats jump out on paper; they aren’t even a team with a player averaging more than 14 points a game. However, they continue to find ways to win and that makes them one of the most dangerous teams in the Big 12.