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Baylor Bears Are Not Ready for Stardom

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The Baylor Bears started this season 12-2, and everyone in Waco, Texas was excited. Despite losses to Syracuse and Iowa State, there was electricity in something other than the Bears’ bright neon uniforms.

However, a relatively weak schedule before Big 12 play has done little to prepare the Bears for what they have faced in recent days. And their record over the last four games certainly adds fuel to that fire. Since beating a hapless TCU team on Jan. 11, the Bears have lost three-straight conference games, with very little hope for improvement.

Consider two of the Bears’ weapons: a one-trick pony in three-point specialist Brady Heslip; take away his stroke and he is essentially a non-factor. Baylor also relies on a versatile 7-footer Isaiah Austin, who is actually not all that versatile. The slim center scores just above 10 points per game and averages almost as many turnovers (2.4) as he does blocks (2.8). His game has just not developed as far as coach Scott Drew had hoped.

Over the course of Big 12 Conference play, the Bears’ defensive weaknesses will continue to be exposed. While their opponents averaged just under 67 points per game through their first 17 games, the Bears are giving up over 78 points in their three conference losses.

There is certainly time for the Baylor Bears to recover and keep pace with current Big 12 leaders Kansas and Kansas State. But at 1-4, one game away from the conference cellar, the Bears must make a move quickly. A brutal stretch with six games against the top of the conference will allow the Bears to either rise up … or fall down further.

However, based on what the Baylor Bears have shown so far, we should not expect much down the stretch.

Written by Darin Anderson. Follow me on Twitter @coachdarin22 and Facebook darin.anderson1.

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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!

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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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