Baylor Basketball Advances Past Nebraska, Remains Serious Threat

By Josh Paulisin
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

On Feb. 8, the Baylor Bears sat squarely on the bubble with a 14-9 record and a 2-8 conference record in the Big 12.

Since that date, the Bears have won 11 of 13 with their latest victory coming against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Led by senior forward Cory Jefferson, No. 6 seed Baylor never gave No. 11 seed Nebraska a chance as the Bears rolled through the Cornhuskers 74-60 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Jefferson finished the game with 16 points and six rebounds. Sophomore center Isaiah Austin added 13 points and seven boards.

Nebraska was paced by Terran Petteway with 18 points. Head coach Tim Miles would end up getting ejected with 11 minutes left in the contest after arguing with officials over the foul discrepancy. The Cornhuskers were called for 31 fouls compared to only 16 for the Bears.

The Bears would end up shooting a total of 48 shots from the charity stripe. Baylor hit 38 of those, good enough for 79 percent on the afternoon.

After being ranked as high as No. 7 in the polls, Baylor is a dangerous team to play the rest of the way. With Creighton defeating Louisiana-Lafayette, the Bears will take on the Bluejays on Sunday for a chance to punch their ticket to the Sweet 16.

If Baylor can get past Creighton on Sunday, the sky is the limit. The Bears have gotten hot at the right time and that’s a scary thing for opposing teams. Creighton struggled to beat Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday. If the Bluejays play a similar game against the Bears, it will be Baylor among the final 16 teams in the NCAA tournament.

Josh Paulisin is a College Basketball Writer for RantSports. He is also an NHL Contributor. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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