Baylor Basketball Dispatches Texas, Advances to Finals

By Bret Thurman
Baylor MBB
USA TODAY Sports-Denny Medley

Can the Baylor Bears be the first team in conference history to win four games in four nights and the Big 12 postseason conference tournament title? Would you bet against them at this point?

The semifinal matchup with the Texas Longhorns was actually somewhat close for most of the first half. Baylor simply pulled away in the second and won by a final of 86-69 in a mostly-empty Sprint Center in Kansas City. Up next, in the title game, it’s the Iowa State Cyclones, a team that the Bears dominated in Waco just 10 days ago.

The night also belonged to Baylor head coach Scott Drew, who became the school’s all-time wins leader. Drew started with a team that was nearly blown apart by scandal, and has built one of the most competitive programs in the country. We will know just how competitive the team is by the end of this month. There is a decent chance that the Bears may still be playing then.

One national media outlet had the Bears slated as a seven seed in the Midwest. It’s hard to believe that there are six teams in the region who are playing better than Baylor is playing right now. The Bears can beat you outside with Brady Heslip and Kenny Chery, or they can beat you inside with Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson. The one Achilles heel is free-throw shooting. But, considering the team has enjoyed a double-digit lead for most of the last three games, makes and misses from the charity stripe may mean little. Look for these guys in Arlington this April.

Baylor MBB Tournament Line:

RPI ( 29

W-L: 22-10

Against Top 25 RPI: 6-6

Last 10: 9-1

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