Now that the euphoria of another dominating Baylor offensive performance, and a more dominating Baylor DEFENSIVE performance, has had some time to settle in, let’s take a look at how Baylor stacks up historically in bowl games.
Lest we never forget, Baylor’s administration decided to bury the program right at the time the internet and ESPN were exploding and bowl games were expanding to a point where anyone with a pulse qualified. There were several times in the prior 50 years before the Big 12 started that Baylor was bowl eligible, but due to her size or other factors, wasn’t invited to a bowl game.
Baylor is now 10-9 all time in bowl games. Some of these factoids may shock you. Keep this in mind when someone tries to tell you Baylor has no football tradition.
We’ve played in 19 bowl games, more than the following:
- Vanderbilt (7)
- Rutgers (7)
- Duke (9)
- Indiana (9)
- Wake Forest (10)
- Washington State (10)
- Northwestern (11)
- Iowa State (12)
- Kansas (12)
- Boise State (13)
- Oregon State (14)
- Minnesota (15)
- SMU (15)
- Kentucky (15)
- Mississippi State (16)
- Kansas State (16)
- Arizona (17)
- Louisville (17)
- Purdue (17)
- Illinois (17)
- South Carolina (18)
We’ve won 10 bowl games, greater than or equal to the following, and a few within shouting distance:
- Northwestern (2)
- Vanderbilt (3) – first win this year since 1949
- Duke (3)
- Indiana (3)
- Iowa State (3)
- Minnesota (5)
- Wake Forest (5)
- South Carolina (6)
- Washington State (6)
- Kansas (6)
- SMU (6)
- Kansas State (6)
- Arizona (6)
- Louisville (7)
- Virginia (7)
- Boise St (8)
- Oregon State (8)
- Kentucky (8)
- Illinois (8)
- Houston (8)
- Purdue (9)
- Virginia Tech (9)
- Cal (10)
- Air Force (10)
- Oregon (10)
- Wisconsin (11)
- Stanford (11)
- Maryland (11)
- Colorado (12)
- Texas Tech (13)
- TCU (13)
- Missouri (13)
- North Carolina (13)
- BYU (13)
- Arkansas (13)
- Texas A&M (14)
- Notre Dame (15)
1) Michigan, as always, is way overrated. Denard Robinson is a very poor man’s Robert Griffin. There’s really no comparison. He’s more on Terelle Pryor’s level.
2) Can someone tell me why Texas is ranked #15? I heard a couple of announcers say something to the effect of “Texas is the only Big 12 school with an SEC defense”. What? As I type this, they’re only up 31-14 on Wyoming (who gifted them 14 points on turnovers) and have given up 315 yards of offense in 3 quarters. They may win this game. They still don’t have an offense that anyone will fear
I also like the fact that Texas’ slogan this year is “Rise”. Often imitated, never duplicated, they steal one from Baylor from a couple of years ago. I thought Mack Brown just waited for Briles to make offers to determine what the good ideas are.
3) Kansas State takes forever to get started. SEC homers like to brag about how they beat the 2nd best team in the Big 12 and shut down their offense. KState probably had about the 7th best offense in the Big 12 last year. They got rolling late in this game, but with experience on the offensive side of the ball, I expected them to come out a little sharper against directional Missouri school.
4) Oklahoma State – you should be embarassed. 1) Classless. 2) WTF? 3) Classless. Get off my blog. I’m done with you this week.
5) Alabama made me bookoo $$$. 13 point favorites? Yep. Gettin paper
6) While I would much rather play Iowa State in Waco (we are, in fact, apparently their most hated rival, although no one south of the Red River knows that – these people serrrrrrriiiiiiiooooousssssllly HATE BAYLOR), after watching this game, I’m not as concerned as I was. Oh and Cody Green sucks.
7) Florida is, well, suspect at best so far. Bowling Green? Really? Who’s biggest claim to fame is Orel Hershisher? SEC SEC SEC!!!!
Due to hurricane Isaac, we have to wait a whole nuther week to see the aggies trot out their 4 Heisman pre-season favorites (2 of them are on defense!). The hurricane may have actually kept the aggies undefeated a week longer than expected.
9) How will Nick Florence look tomorrow? Will Bill Bennett be able to show improvement on the defensive side of the ball? Baylor plays the most compelling Big 12 pre-conference matchup. Says a lot about the state of college football scheduling to manufacture bowl games.
Oh and Robert Griffin III, as the most highly compensated NFL rookie in endorsements in NFL history, is an absolute gold mine for Baylor. I enjoyed watching him in his Baylor uniform in the background of the CBS set all day along with his never ending list of commercials.
Briles brings the sizzle. Can’t wait for this season to start.
It will forever be known as the Year of the Bear. Baylor is the new leader in the club house and will look to pile up more wins as the baseball season progress as it becomes the new standard bearer for the NCAA as it’s winningest season in history continues.
The 2011-2012 season has been one of the ages for Baylor. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are aware that Baylor has been chasing down the winningest season in NCAA history for a couple of months now. Texas had the previous all-time record in 2003-2004 with 123 wins in the 4 major sports.
With today’s pummeling of KState, Baylor now sits atop the NCAA throne as the winningest program in a single season of all time.
Men’s Basketball 30-8
Women’s Basketball 40-0
Baseball 44-13 (and counting…)
For those that aren’t from Texas or Big 12 country, you may not be aware of the nationally solid programs Baylor has built in the spring sports for more than a decade now.
With women’s basketball being nationally prominent throughout most of the 2000s and men’s basketball being a major national player the last several years, the last remaining cog required to reach this level of immortal athletic greatness was football.
The hiring of Art Briles 4 years ago, the construction of one of the top on campus practice facilities in the nation, the hiring of elite Defensive Coordinator Phil Bennett, a Heisman tropy and a 10 win season in 2011 has built immeasurable momentum and helped propel Baylor as the new NCAA standard for greatness in a single season.
Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, the Baylor Big Fish announce they are funding the creation of what will likely be one of the top 2 or 3 most scenic stadiums in the nation. Nestled on the Brazos river, overlooking the amazingly scenic and serene Baylor University campus, the stadium is currently scheduled to open for the 2014 season.
The Year of the Bear has been unprecedented. As we watched some of our conference brethren destabilize the conference in the hopes of destroying it, and ultimately realize they weren’t as big as they thought, while showing the world they were incapable of working out their differences with their century-long rivals, all Baylor did was this:
When you do that, you don’t worry about things like the LHN network which nobody watches. You go and get your own network. I like to call it BSPN – Baylor Sports Programming Network, as coverage of Baylor ran non-stop for months, nation-wide.
What an amazing time to be a Baylor alum, student, athlete and fan. When you’re the winningest program the NCAA has ever had, you can proudly say:
This year has been quite interesting from a human behavior standpoint. Alumni from other schools have literally disappeared when the discussion of Baylor comes about. Baylor, with a couple more wins, will become the winningest school in NCAA history for a single season in the four major sports, eclipsing what Texas accomplished in 2002-2003.
If you can get someone from another school to talk sports with you, they generally try to turn the conversation to how anyone can get lucky one year. Of course, when you mention that they’ve likely been at it the same 120 years or so that Baylor has and never been able to do it, the conversation quickly goes silent.
Regardless, as much as I am proud of Baylor’s top to bottom accomplishments this year, football is the bell cow. That is the foundation your entire sports program has to be built on. President Sloan and former Athletic Director Tom Stanton had no clue about this and destroyed a once proud football program in no less than a couple of years.
The 20 years prior to the Big 12 being created in 1994 (and then starting in 1996), Baylor had the 28th winningest “BCS” (if you will, since BCS didn’t exist then) football program in the nation. Put that in your pipe and smoke it all you Ann Richards conspiracy theorists. By the way, for perspective, Texas Tech had the 45th winningest program and Baylor, over more than half a century, had won 67% of the games played between Baylor and Texas Tech. However, in this age of propaganda, we all know you can’t let facts get in the way of anything. It’s all about who speaks the loudest.
All that said, one measure of a football program and it’s ability to develop and produce talent is NFL first round draft picks. Certainly this isn’t the only measure, but it’s a pretty telling one. Just wait until you see the numbers below. For those that want to argue, well, next year Baylor is going to suck because RG3 is gone, don’t realize that, apparently in the dark of night, Baylor is starting to become a talent producing machine. This is no one hit wonder. The following numbers don’t lie.
Baylor and Alabama are the only 2 schools in the nation to produce multiple 1st round draft picks in each of the last two NFL drafts.
Also, there are only 2 schools, yes all of TWO schools, in the nation that have produced more NFL 1st round draft picks than Baylor has in the Art Briles era (drafts 2009 – 2012).
Here’s the data in all it’s glory. Congratulations Baylor administration for finally realizing, in 2008, that you have to putthe money into the one program that can make or break your entire university. This investment has helped build a national brand that silences the critics. Baylor Nation should be proud:
In case you missed some of these details:
Oklahoma – 4 (all in 1 year, 2010)
Texas – 2 (all those top 5 recruiting classes produced 2 1st rounders)
Texas A&M – 2 (all those top 25 recruiting classes produced the exact same record as Baylor since Briles arrived and only 2 1st rounders)
Texas Tech – 1 (we always knew they had quite a bit of smoke and mirrors going on out there, but still had a solid program given the talent they could get to come out to Lubbock. The hot seat for Tubbs is white hot this season)
TCU – 1 (Definitely a solid program where you must respect what they accomplished. However, they haven’t had a single Strength of Schedule < 80 in the past decade. Will be interesting to see what the next decade looks like for them)
KState – 1
Baylor is not going to be a flash in the pan and, not\w that we’ve kicked the door in, the power shift in the Big 12 is going to be interesting to watch over the next many years. Coaches can no longer negative recruit against Baylor saying tings like, you’ll never be on national tv, you’ll never be a 1st round pick or you’ll never win a Heisman by going to Baylor.
In fact, you may be more likely to do that at Baylor than by going to 95% of the other schools you can choose to take your talents.
Finally, the SEC has produced 32 1st rounders the last 4 years while the Big 12 has produced 24. If the SEC were willing to play the Big 12 a little more, there’s another myth that could be brought a little closer to reality regarding the strength, top to bottom, of the two best football conferences in America.
The Beaver is getting really full Baylor Nation. And getting full on the likes of Western Louisiana A&M (aka the Aggies) and Longhorns is the best kind of getting full.
We’ve heard for a while “Just wait till we play you in baseball. We’re a baseball school now. You’re still Baylor.” I must applaud their ability to get almost as many fans to their stadium for their #2 team in the country as Baylor did in Waco. They are only 3 times the size of Baylor and the 3rd largest degree mill in the country and couldn’t manage to equal the Baylor attendance.
I also applaud their delusional dedication to the fact that, after Heisman’s, National Titles, constant converage on BSPN and stock piling conference titles, Baylor still sucks.
We heard all this smack talk and then this weekend happened. It was their last desperate attempt to own Baylor at something. To somehow prove they were better. Then the Baylor neutron bomb landed on College Station and the Aggies in Waco and it’s been stunned silence. Twitter has been on mute as I haven’t heard from an Aggie in several days now. It is glorious.
You gotta be careful what you say when going up against the Baylor juggernaut, because there’s this little thing called eternal perma scoreboard and only one response that works:
These are appropriate as well:
Let’s recap, shall we:
Baylor was ranked as high as #3 in some polls this week. Aggie was as high as #2. With LSU and Kentucky losing at least 1 game this week, Baylor may be ranked as high as #1 after SWEEPING the Aggies for the final Battle of the Brazos.
A&M, a school who’s alumni repeatedly say they don’t care about Baylor and that we’re not a rival, set a record for attendance in their game against Baylor on Friday. Interesting.
More interesting was the record for attendance that Baylor set on Saturday, which had more attendance than the game held Friday at the school with 50,000 students. I guess attendance smack won’t soothe the Aggie sadness tonight after yet another Baylor sweep this year.
A&M (or Western Lousiana State, as I’ve been calling them after they ran out on their history and traditional rivals because they couldn’t compete with Texas), has now gone 1-7 against Baylor in the 4 major sports. Throw in men’s and women’s tennis, a sport Baylor has dominated nationally for more than a decade and A&M went 1-9 against Baylor this year.
Records fell in this series. Baylor extends their record for all time wins in a row to start a conference slate to 18-0. The previous record was held by Texas at 7-0. This 18-0 record may never fall in the history of humanity. Well, not at least until Baylor wins again. There will never be another team do this ever. It’s almost statistically impossible.
Baylor also now owns the longest conference win streak ever at 18, breaking Nebraska’s record of 17.
A&M was picked to win the conference in baseball. (and football…and basketball…do you see a trend here Baylor Nation?). They do dominate the pre-season polls year in and year out and they never deliver. They now fall to 9-6 on the conference season and slip way into 3rd place with OU and OSU hot on their heels. How will they respond to this demoralizing loss to their hated non-rival? We’ll just have to wait and see as the Year of the Bear just keeps on trucking.
Congratulations Baylor. It is great for baseball to be back. A sport we dominated in the Big 12 for more than a decade and then took a 5 year break. We have a stranglehold on yet another conference title if we simply take care of business.
Due to finals, Baylor will not play another conference game for about 17 days.
Oh, and don’t forget, Baylor has now won 24 games in a row. The all time record is 34. That’s a nearly impossible task given that anyone can be anyone in baseball at any given time, and yet, an Aggie can’t seem to beat a Bear!
Also, Baylor swept A&M for the 3rd time in the Big 12, compared to A&M sweeping Baylor once. We also won 8 out of the 15 series.
Finally, Baylor passed ’08-’09 UCONN in wins for baseball, basketball and football in a single season with 115. They have a chance to tie ’02-’03 Texas with 116 on Tuesday.
Oh, and Land Thieves, this video needs to be updated:
We also win at rap videos. Here’s the aggie entry (ag swag???? lmao), See for yourself, you can’t make this stuff up:
Here’s one from Baylor:
Oh and don’t forget, WE ARE B-U! Baylor we are and Baylor we will always be!
We in Baylor nation know at least one school to the southeast of Baylor was praying that Baylor would some how blow it against Colorado last night.
Now, tonight, the annual NYT article slandering Coach Drew discussing how he recruits has finally made it to print (it was on their blog and has been edited several times already tonight). Seriously, these articles have occurred at this time every year since Baylor thumped Texas 3 times in one season. You can set your watch to them.
Regardless, this added some more threads on the fan board of the fan base that isn’t even in our conference any more, And yet, they just continue to prove they can’t live without us and will, apparently remain forever jealous and obsessed.
When fully 25% of the threads on your #1 fan site are about Baylor, it’s hard to deny the obsession, hatred and jealousy for Baylor is still alive and well. We’re gonna miss you guys!
Sweet 16 Baby!!!
First off, Baylor Lady Bears rack up another conference title for Baylor (I think we’re at around 50 or so now, which is pretty good for a school many haters continue to say doesn’t belong). What a great way to send off the Texas A&M Aggies in true blowout fashion, beating A&M by the largest margin of any victory in Big 12 Tournament title game history.
Baylor Nation had high hopes we’d avenge two previous losses to Missouri (One by 1 point at home and the other, not as close on the road) and rack up our second title in almost as many hours.
The game didn’t start off well as we turned it over on the first two possessions. This was one of the keys to us winning the game – limiting turnovers. We finished the game with only 11 turnovers. What was a bugaboo for us early in the season is something we seem to have under control as the most important part of the season dawns. Missouri did manage 24 points off those turnovers while we only scored 11 off their 8.
Second key to the game was making sure John Higgins wasn’t a part of the officiating crew. We need to get someone higher up in the Big 12 officiating scheduling office because this guys is awful for Baylor and always has been. Advantage Missouri. Two huge calls indicative of how things went much of the night were the no call on Brady Heslip’s 3 at the end of the half, where he clearly was slapped on the wrst and likely would have cut the lead to 3 at the break.
That could only be topped by these gems of a call on the AJ Walton “phantom clear out” call which erased 2 points from the board at a crucial moment of the game and another ticky tack foul.
Offensive Foul? In real time:
In slow mo:
Missouri got those breaks and we didn’t tonight, but we still managed to have it be a 5 point game with 2:20 remaining.
Third key to the game was taking the home crowd out of it. Unlike the Kansas game, we did not. Make no mistake, we might as well have been playing in Columbia. They really need to rotate this game to Texas or Oklahoma every 2 or 3 years. Baylor had to, in effect, win 3 road games to win the title (beating KSU, KU and MU). We won 2 out of 3 and that’s nothing to be ashamed of, but the advantage is measurable.
Fourth key to the game was rebounding. We inexplicably were out-rebounded by Missouri in Waco. That was a turning point for us in rebounding this year. Since then we’ve been on a tear. Baylor annihilated Missouri on the boards 40-28 with an 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds.
Finally, we had to limit layups (both in the half court set and in transition) and defend the 3. We did neither. Missouri is the #4 FG shooting team in the nation at 50%. They shot 53% for the game. Couple that with them catching us on a poor shooting night 39.7% overall and 26.3% from 3, and it was a recipe for a loss.
We missed several wide open looks and a couple of layups, which, even with several things going against us – btw, did Missouri not seem to come up with almost every 50/50 ball tonight? hayzuuuuus – we still had a chance to win this game.
We also did this to bring the crowd to their feet:
In real time:
In slow mo:
There are a ton of positives to take from this game. Our man to man defense is much improved. We’ve shown we can apparently hang with the elite in the country (since many make it clear that Kansas and Missouri are, but Baylor is not…yet). We played more 3 guard lineup than I’ve seen us play all year. Winning the NCAA tourney is all about good guard play and we’re getting it.
The following is why we have the potential to make a deep run in March now that we have a 3 seed locked up:
1) Well hello Mr. AJ Walton. Nice to have you back my friend. Defense continues to be stellar. He’s limiting turnovers. He’s contributing in spots on offense and not taking the first shot he’s given early in the shot clock. He’s figured out his role and exploiting it.
2) The Emergence of Deuce – When you’re a freshman and Coach Drew puts you on Missouri’s #1 player to shut him down, that’s trust. Deuce has been asked to play defense first. Tonight he exploited his 22 minutes by crashing the boards, rebounding, drawing fouls and improving upon his 53% FT shooting percentage. he was 4-6 from the field tonight, 5-8 from the line and had 6 rebounds (5 offensive) and only turned it over once. If we can get this kind of production from him the remainder of the season, we can make a deep run.
3) Perry Jones has become aggressive. He’s attacking the rim. Drawing fouls and saying “I’m the man. Give me the ball. This team goes as far as I’m going to take it.” I know how hard it can be for an unselfish kid to take this attitude. Coach Drew and his teammates are doing a great job of reinforcing that this is what it’s going to take for Baylor to do big things.
I’m disappointed we didn’t win tonight, but all things considered, I’m as pumped as I’ve been all season and confident we have the potential to make a deep run. Selection Sunday is tomorrow and we’ll certainly be a 3 seed. Baylor has again dominated BSPN, I mean ESPN, coverage, what with Brittney Griner and the Lady Bears doing their usual thing and RG3 being an almost automatic #2 pick to the Redskins (can you believe the faith Washington is showing in him what with 3 first rounders and a 2nd round pick??!?!).
All is good with the world and it is great to be a Baylor fan as we silence more and more haters with each additional accomplishment.
Odds and Ends
- As Missouri started chanting S-E-C, Bobby Knight started laughing and said “I don’t think they’re going to like that too much. They had a pretty good thing here in the Big 12.” For the first time I agree with Bobby. Missouri built what limited football success in the weak Big 12 North on Texas players and they just shut down that pipeline. Sadly, it’s all about football and, well, you can’t win being in the midwest without Texas players. Check Missouri’s success the 30 years prior to the Big 12 forming
- When Chuck Neinas was presenting the Big 12 trophy to Missouri, the crowd booed him. Stay classy Missouri. Stay classy
- Digger Phelps still hates Scott Drew and Baylor and disses them every chance he gets
- Missouri wins it’s 5th conference title – fully 1/10th the number of titles Baylor has accumulated. They hope to make a Final Four for the first time ever, something Baylor has done twice. Perspective folks.
- Missouri will be graduating it’s winningest class in school history, currently sitting at 107 wins. For some further perspective, Quincy Acy and Fred Ellis will graduate as Baylor’s winningest seniors with 97 wins and counting. Sometimes you have to look past the media and the headlines to know just how much Baylor is accomplishing
In the words of Quincy Miller, look out NCAA Tourney, Baylor, “gonna be a problem”. Coach Drew has his team peaking at the right time and consistently putting them in a position to win.
Baylor is a relatively young team. They are the 6th youngest team in the Big 12. Yet many say Baylor should apparently be an auto-Final Four team. Many say Baylor has underachieved all season. 4 of their 6 losses were to top 5 teams. With a little help from the bottom of the top 50, Baylor would have registered 10….TEN….wins against RPI top 50 teams. That’s unbelievably solid folks.
That said, Baylor is 27-6. Playing for another Big 12 title opportunity tonight at 5. We are also the #7 RPI team in the country.
A win tonight will solidify a 2 seed for Baylor in the NCAA tournament.
All that said, there are 5 teams in BCS conferences with better records than 27-6 Baylor. Let’s check em ou:
Kentucky – 31-1
Syracuse – 31-2
Missouri – 29-4
North Carolina – 28-4
Duke – 27-5
So there it is folks. Perspective.
With the women blowing the doors off Texas A&M for the women’s title, let’s bring yet another championship back to Waco tonight!
In what was a de facto home game for Kansas, Lob City Baylor was in full effect in this game as Baylor pounded the Jayhawks in the Big 12 semis racking up yet another half court ally oop against Kansas in the process.
This is the 5th game this season, 2nd versus Kansas that Pierre and Perry have managed a half court ally oop. Check it out:
At this point, Baylor pOWNS the Kansas Jayhawks in the Big 12 tournament. As a matter of fact, Baylor has never lost to the Jayhawks in the post-season.
After a convincing, no dominating, win against Kansas State yesterday, a game where Perry Jones, the Human Highlight(er) Reel stuck it to the NCAA by scoring 31, the Baylor Bears were back for vengeance against Kansas.
Baylor had convincing leads against Kansas in both games this year, but massive runs to close out and start halfs by Kansas put any thoughts of Baylor winning those games to bed. This is season 3 of this season though. And in this season, Baylor seems to best Kansas when it matters most.
Many have said Baylor underperformed this year. Bear in mind, there are all of 6 schools with a better record than Baylor this season. Yet, somehow many have labeled us a disappointment. Baylor plays best with its back against the wall and winning a road game in Kansas City against Kansas is about as tough as it gets.
When Bill Self put his toupee on this morning, did he expect this to be the photograph that best described him after losing to his coaching arch-nemesis Scott Drew?
Make no mistake, this was a TEAM effort. We limited turnovers (only 9 for the game vs 16 assists). We buried freethrows at an 85% clip. Everyone contributed. As a matter of fact, we had 6 players score in double figures against one of the best defenses in the nation.
Kansas took zero advantage of their massive home crowd advantage (when can we get the tourney back in Dallas again please?). How could they, when Baylor had the MUTE button fully pressed for most of the game (btw, great job Baylor Nation – we could hear the B-U! B-U! chant loud and clear on the tv).
Quincy Miller got to the rack early and often. No one does this better than Q for Baylor. And he makes his freethrows. I wish we could go back in time and teach Kevin Rogers how to get to the rack like him.
AJ Walton had another huge game. He limited turnovers and chose his spots to score. Had a great assist on the breakaway dunk to Perry Jones and played some outstanding defense as he always does. I know he’s taken his fair share of internet hate this year, but dude has really turned it on the last several games.
Brady Heslip was en fuego from 3 and when it mattered most. Just as Kansas thought Baylor might fold after relinquishing the lead, he was there, not once, not twice, but 3 additional times. One from Lawrence.
Quincy Acy was a Leader on the floor and came up with the timely block which led to the momentum shifting Perry Jones dunk. He had a very worman day and made our all lunch pail team.
Pierre Jackson again levitated like no one else in college can do. Second game in a row he had a 2 handed flush. Seriously? What’s your vert? Gotta be 40″+
Baylor Nation redemption tour is in full swing as we head to yet another Big 12 title game against Missouri. We need to send them off with a loss tomorrow to complete the Big 12 tour and then take the nation by storm.
Unleash the highlighters!!!! Check out some highlights below…
Perry Jones monster jam
Perry jones monster jam another angle
The Canadian Assasin Buries the Dagger
Baylor’s best finisher Quincy Miller with a primal scream!
Quincy Acy outruns Kansas
AJ Walton has found his form from 2 seasons ago. This is the AJ we all know and love!
Deuce Bellow shows off his athleticism. I can’t wait to see this kid develop!
The basketball version of the victory formation as Bill Self admits defeat to his arch nemesis Scott Drew, including the ever popular post game handshake
Here are a few select clips of plays that occurred during Kansas’ big run in the second half. You be the judge on whether or not the right call was made:
Here’s a no call
Here’s another no call
Yet another no call
The no call where Heslip makes em pay
Perry Jones foul on his tip in
And finally, after all that, this foul was called on Acy on Withey
Baylor served notice yet again that it was the #1 athletics program in the state of Texas and the Big 12 South as it beat Texas Tech in rather pedestrian fashion by 28 points, 77-48. Baylor held Texas Tech to a paltry 15 points in the first half as the Baylor defense, mostly playing man, only allowed 35% shooting from the floor.
Before I talk about the 3 seniors, I’m very happy to mention that AJ Walton had his best game in well over a year. You could see he was playing with confidence. This reminded me of the 2009-2010 season. He had 13 points in 19 minutes going 5-6 from the floor and making 2 threes. More games like this out of him and Baylor WILL have a very deep run in the tourney, all things remaining equal.
While it was great and most important for Baylor to get the win, this night was all about the winningest senior class in Baylor history: Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones and Fred Ellis. All three started the game. A great team effort allowed Fred and Ant play more than they have this year.
We all know the caliber of player they are. Ant had started most every game of his career until this year and struggled mid-season to find his groove coming off the bench. He finished 5-6 on the night and had 13 points.
Ellis was a major contributor the last couple of seasons and, you die hard fans will recall, helped ice several key victories with timely 3 point shooting and rebounding in seasons past.
Acy, well, the Cookie Monster is who he is. All he do is dunk – except this year he’s rebounding like more of a beast before, he’s taking care of the rock, he’s burying 18 foot jumpers showing improved range and he’s blocking shots at a better clip than any time in his career. The guy who started off his career making 20 or so consecutive shots and having his own Top 10 (only time ever) on ESPN for 10 dunks against Texas two years ago finished his time on the Ferrell Center court with an emphatic dunk.
It seems like only yesterday that I recall him announcing on MySpace, YES MySpace that he was coming to Baylor and set his background in all green and gold talking about heading to Waco to win National Championships. Well Cookie Monster, you have one more chance.
Before we go to the videos of the final plays of these distinguished gentlemen’s career at the Ferrell Center, you have to watch this clinic on free throw shooting by Texas Tech’s Nash (#44). Now to be fair, he didn’t actually air ball both of these, just the second one. The first one hits nothing but glass 2 feet left of the rim. You wouldn’t believe it unless you saw it. I saw it and I’m still not sure I believe it: