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
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!
The Baylor Bears may have had an early exit last season, but this year's squad has the talent to make a serious run.