Bubble Watch: Baylor Basketball Needs Big Games Against ISU, KSU

By Bret Thurman
Baylor University MBB
USA TODAY Sports-Jerome Miron

After a narrow loss at The University of Texas and a ho-hum victory over Texas Tech at home, the Baylor University men’s basketball team goes into the final week of the regular season in a very precarious position. The Longhorn loss really hurt the Bears’ NCAA tournament hopes. Now, Baylor needs statement games against both Iowa State (March 4) and Kansas State (March 8).

In the first matchup, Baylor must make a statement that it is in the same class with Iowa State. A win is probably not in the cards, as the Cyclones have been dominant this season and crushed Baylor in a January contest. But Iowa State has not performed well on the road and has very little to play for because the team has little hope of overtaking Kansas for a one seed. It’s a long trip from Ames to Waco, and the kids may not be at their best for a midweek game against a second-tier team.

The game at Kansas State is essentially a playoff game for both teams. Their tournament resumes are somewhat similar, and there’s only room for one of them in this here town. Somebody will have to be gone by sunset, or at least go to the NIT. Baylor must make a statement that it is clearly better than the Wildcats with a convincing win. That won’t be easy, as Kansas State is a very solid team and the game is in the Little Apple and the K-State faithful will be even more frenzied than normal.

Baylor University Men’s Basketball Tournament Line:
RPI (ESPN): 41
D1 Record: 17-10
Vs. Top 25 RPI: 1-8
Last Ten: 6-4
Good win: vs. Kentucky in Arlington (12/6)
Bad loss: at Texas Tech (1/15)

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