The biggest question mark for the Baylor Bears entering the 2013-14 season was who would replace the explosive Pierre Jackson at the point guard position. Kenny Chery has proven to be a worthy successor to Jackson in his first season for the Bears. The transfer from State Fair Community College is nearly a carbon copy of Jackson.
As the season has progressed, Chery has become more effective at creating his own shot. Much like Jackson, Chery was overlooked coming out of high school. Both are undersized point guards.
Their height and style does not make the two point guards the same player, but their demeanor does. On Saturday afternoon, Chery and his Bears found themselves on a wrong end of a 16-0 Oklahoma Sooners run. Baylor was on the brink of being blown out at home.
The Bears held a 13 game winning streak, two shy of the Ferrell Center record. The 66-64 loss to the Sooners not only ended their home streak, but also put the Bears at a major disadvantage in the Big 12 Conference standings.
Baylor entered Saturday’s game coming off a devastating loss to Texas Tech on the road. Another loss in conference play has now put the Bears at 1-3 in league play, good for eighth in the Big 12 standings. It is very early, but the Bears are in trouble with a road trip to Kansas looming in the immediate future.
Chery was able to bring the Bears within striking distance on Saturday, but has been unable to put a game on ice for the Bears this season. If Baylor wants to compete for the Big 12 crown, Chery must continue to develop. His game has improved throughout the season, but he needs to be the cold-blooded killer that Jackson was in order for the Bears to be dancing in March.
Jack Dooley is a Big 12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JackDooleyOCS.