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:
That’s right. Notre Dame can have Touchdown Jesus. Baylor has Throwdown Jesus. Nobody dunks more ferociously and more frequently than Quincy Acy.
Quincy Acy had quite possibly the best overall game of his career as Baylor goes on the road to beat Texas and SWEEP them for the 2nd time in 3 years (well, can we say we swept them twice in 2009-2010 since we beat them 3 times that year?).
I know, I know. Many of you out there are saying, c’mon man, don’t you remember this game against Texas (we know lil Ricky Barnes does)? I mean, who gets 10 dunks in 1 game. ONE GAME?!?
Baylor blew out Texas that game, but it was at home and Acy actually was much much better in this game.
This was a huge turning point game for the Bears. Haters had been piling on a team who, has the same record as the #5 team in the country, hasn’t lost to a team outside the RPI top 26 and 4 of their 5 losses came against teams ranked #3 and #5.
People forget how young this team is. Baylor only plays 1 senior and that senior, one Cookie Monster (@quincyacy) went full on BEAST MODE for Scott Drew’s 1st win on Big Monday (as many huge games as Baylor has won, I couldn’t believe this myself).
Acy was clutch when it mattered most. He scored 22 points (went 8-11 from the free throw line – someone has practiced his FT’s since he was a freshman) and buried FT after FT in clutch time. Oh, did I mention he had a career high 16 rebounds (EIGHT offensive)? He also had only 1 turnover for the game on a pass Perry Jones could have caught but maybe was a little hot.
Look, I know Pierre Jackson had a huge game 25 points (12-12 FT) and only 4 TO’s to go with 6 assists, playing most of the second half with 3 fouls trying not to get his 4th. Brady Heslip was huge as well. Every time J’Covan Brown buried a 3, the downtown Canuck was there to answer as we climbed back from being down 10 at the half.
AJ Walton came up huge as he always seems to do down in Austin (anyone remember those freethrows 2 years ago in clutch time?). He intercepted the pass from J’Covan Brown that in effect threw the game away for the Longhorns.
I’ll have more updates later, but what a huge huge win for the Bears, playing much of our 2nd team through most of the 2nd half and with our 2nd leading scorer Quincy Miller sick on the bench playing reduced minutes.
This game was all about heart and I was very pleased to see that apparently no lead was too big for our guys to give up as they outscored the Texas Longhorns by 15 in the second half to win by 5.
There are two great things about this win: 1) it puts the biggest crybaby in the Big 12, Little Ricky Barnes very firmly on the bubble for the NCAA tournament (we won a game, in Austin, that Texas HAD TO HAVE) and 2) since the NCAA got Baylor back to full strength recruiting-wise, etc, Scott Drew owns Rick Barnes – going 5-2 against them since that span, including 2-1 in Austin.
What a great win for the Baylor Bears and congratulations to Scott Drew on winning his first Big Monday game. You couldn’t have picked a better team to do it against than our most hated rival the Texas Longhorns.
PS Great job of handling the ball in the second half. Baylor finished the game with 17 assists and 11 turnovers. Only 2 of those 11 came in the second half and they came with less than 2 minutes left in the game. That’s how you make a deep run in the NCAA tourney.
PSS Baylor needs only to beat Oklahoma and Texas Tech at home to sweep the entire Big 12 South. Including all sports sweeps, football – men’s basketball – women’s basketball, of teams the old school media (which is why we’re here for you Baylor Nation) tells us we just won’t ever be able to compete with, Oklahoma and Texas.
PSSS If you want a really good laugh, go check out the epic meltdown on Shaggy Bevo where they complain about not getting any calls from the refs. LMAO…HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
PSSSS Baylor remains the #1 road team in the nation moving to 9-2 in games away from The Ferrell Center #FEARtheFERRELL
PSSSSS Deuce Bello was a hero of this game as well. He played some very solid defense against the Big 12′s leading scorer in J’Covan Brown. Amazing effort for a freshman who hasn’t been called on a ton in the clutch
PSSSSSS For those of you that have asked what Brady Heslip brings to the table. We don’t win this game tonight without him shooting 80% from 3 (4-5)
I had to simmer down for a day before writing this. It pains me to write this post – mainly because I put a fist through a wall halfway through the 35-4 scoring run that Kansas went on and it hurts to type.
So Baylor is 21-3, a .875 winning percentage for you math wizards out there, and Baylor Nation is in full on lamentation mode. We had a great chance at putting ourselves right back in the driver’s seat to win the regular season conference title with a win last night, in front of our 3rd consecutive sellout crowd, and we couldn’t get it done. Not only did we not get it done, but it looked like we dropped a big old steamin deuce on our home court.
I really have no idea how a team can go on a 35-4 run. You’d almost have to try to actually let that happen for it to happen, but nevertheless, it happened. That was after we were blowing Kansas out for most of the first half.
We all know Baylor is college basketball’s Lob City and the start of the Kansas game, well even the first 17 minutes of the Kansas game, didn’t disappoint. The game started off with another mail order gem of a Pierre Jackson half court ally-oop. It looked a lot like this one from earlier in the year:
Here’s the video from last night:
Then this happened:
With about 3 minutes to go in the first half, Baylor led by 10. From there until around the 10 minute mark of the second half, Kansas made Baylor look like the Bears circa 2005 – aka the Walk-On Year.
I was amazed at how many layups / dunks were given up. When I went back and looked at the stats, Kansas scored 15 of their 23 field goals by layups or dunks. 6 FG’s were three pointers and the other 2 were jump shots. At first I thought that was really pathetic defense and then reduced it to simply pathetic when I saw that Baylor made 10 layups or dunks on Kansas’ #3 rated defense.
Actually, if you took the team and player names off the box score and didn’t look at the FG%, you’d think the boxscore that was Baylor’s was the team that won the game, running away.
Kansas had 19 turnovers, Baylor had 12.
Kansas took 45 shots, Baylor 54
Kansas had 30 rebounds, Baylor 29
Kansas had 7 offensive rebounds, while Baylor dominated the offensive glass with 13 (Quincy Acy went beast mode on the boards racking up another double double)
When you look at FG %, Kansas wasn’t stellar, shooting 50% from the floor, but Baylor stunk up the joint shootin 37%. We missed so many 3 foot jumpers and layups it looked like I was watching a Little Dribblers game.
I really can’t explain what happened other than it appeared we just quit. Perry Jones disappeared in a way he hasn’t all season. Everyone’s entitled to a bad game and I love me some Perry Jones, but 5 points and 3 rebounds on 1-8 shooting in the most important game of the year so far is tough to excuse. I’m sure he’ll bounce back. We have to have him, but at least get to the freethrow line 10 times and grab a few boards FFS.
Another story line that the major newspapers – whatever those are – failed to note, was Quincy Miller. For all intents and purposes, Miller is Baylor’s #2 leading scorer (Acy actually averages a fraction of a point more than him so it’s a rounding error). Miller was called for a flagrant 1 when he through an elbow into a big tall white dude from Kansas. I don’t know if this was retaliatory for something we didn’t see earlier, but it was pretty blatant. In real time, it didn’t look bad, but when I saw a different camera angle, it didn’t look good.
Drew did what he should have. He benched him the rest of the game. This took our 2nd best scorer, #1 guy at getting to the paint and the free throw line and a 6’11 defender off the court. Miller only played 14 minutes.
I’m not saying we would have won the game, but we’re a different team without Miller. That and Pierre Jackson getting in foul trouble again spelled doom for our Baylor Bears.
So now that that is all behind us and the rest of the world can come crowing @theebears about how Baylor’s “not an elite team” we can move on and try to get our heads straight for the Mizzou game. A win up there will ease the sting of this loss a bit, but this one will still hurt. It’s not like we were North Carolina getting blown out by Florida State by 33 points, but it was a bad game for us no doubt. One of the worst I’ve seen out of the Bears in a few years.
Let’s string together a few wins and erase the memory of this one. This team is still plenty capable of making a deep run in the tourney and when you think about it, we have just over half as many losses as Kanses does after 24 games.
I love that our program is in a spot where we’re pissed we lost to Kansas, at home, in a game we were favored in and our competitors just want to remind us how we’re not elite. We have much to improve, but the season is just getting into full swing.
PS Baylor’s RPI after last night’s loss is #6 in the country (down from #2) while our SOS is #14. Things aren’t too bad, but expectations are at an all time high.
If you follow college basketball, you know just how hard it is to win on the road. On top of that, when you’re the #6 team in the nation and you’re Baylor, a team many opponents love to hate, it’s even tougher. On top of that, this Oklahoma State team was embarrassed a couple of weeks ago by 41 points in Waco. You think they didn’t want a little revenge?
Today’s game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater would again prove no different. While a win today would give Baylor 7 wins against Oklahoma State in the last 11 meetings, Baylor hadn’t won in Stillwater since 2003 and Scott Drew had never won there. This weekend I found a new reason to love Coach Drew. He had the team stay in a brand new hotel to try to change the karma. I can appreciate someone with a healthy dose of superstition.
Oklahoma State again went with the approach of doing everything it could to slow down the Baylor Bears. Baylor is the #1 team in the Big 12 in most offensive categories. This approach did nothing to keep Baylor off the scoreboard in Waco a few weeks ago (a game Baylor won 106-45 to hand OSU it’s worst conference loss ever and 2nd worst all time (OSU lost to Creighton by 42 points before the Great Depression)).
It was more effective this time, aided in part by some foul trouble the Bears fell into mid-way through the second half.
The Bears led 37-29 at the half thanks to a monster rebounding half by Quincy Acy. His offensive rebound and put back as time expired extended the lead to 8 at the break.
Coming out of the blocks in the second half, the Bears looked a little sluggish. This seemed to be a redux of the A&M game to some degree. I can’t put my finger on just why this happens. Is it lack of intensity? Extreme intensity by the other team, both of which (A&M and OSU) have been desperate for a home win? Maybe neither. It may be just how things go sometimes.
Baylor scored 2 points the first 6:15 of the second half (with the game tied 39-39) and then went on a mini-run to build a 9 point lead (50-41) with 8:18 to go.
Pierre Jackson then picked up his 4th foul (the first foul trouble he’s really been in all year) with 7:58 to go and went to the bench. AJ Walton took over the point and did a manageable job handling the rock. It seems at times he tries to do a little too much instead of just working to distribute the ball. Over the next couple of minutes, he took 2 ill advised shots, including one from about 18 feet early in the shot clock. I know he’s smarter than this and can easily fix it. We will need him to be able to give us quality minutes to make a deep run this year in the tourney.
When Pierre came back in with just under 6 minutes left with 4 fouls. At that time, it was 52-45 so we had only surrendered 2 points in the two minutes he sat.
We should also note that with 9 minutes to play, Baylor had shot 17 three pointers. Baylor is a pretty good 3 point shooting team, but today they weren’t on, finishing 4-21. I was glad to see them work the ball inside a lot more the last 9 minutes of the game (taking only 4 3′s during that time), especially given that Nash was in foul trouble with 4 fouls and Baylor had more depth and size down low.
From the time Pierre came back in until the 1:21 mark, Oklahoma State was in the midst of a 12-4 run which would see them grab the lead momentarily 57-56. Baylor then knuckled down as Mr. Clutch did his thing getting to the rack and distributing for quality shots and free throws.
Then Perry Jones made his presence felt. He was HUGE, coming up time and time again with offensive rebounds and put backs or jams. I noticed him crashing the boards hard all game. Clearly Coach Drew’s message to the team is getting through. Now it’s about consistent execution.
Baylor was up 5 with under 20 seconds left when Quincy Miller appeared to have a steal, but Okie State picked up the ball and with time running out on the shot clock through in a prayer from 3 that was answered cutting the lead to to.
Scott Drew then drew up an excellent play to get Heslip the ball in a 1 on 1 situation on the inbounds where he couldn’t be trapped. Keaton Paige was forced to foul sending Heslip to the line where he was already 4-4 today and 23-24 on the year with 9 seconds left.
Heslip missed the front end of the 1 on 1 for only his second miss of the year. Quincy Acy, once again, proved pivotal he secured one last offensive rebound and swung it to Anthony Jones who drew the foul.
Ant is only shooting 53% from the FT line this year. I actually didn’t realize this as he’s usually a very solid FT shooter. I think this mainly has to do to his change in role and the fact that when he’s been going to the line, which hasn’t been often this year due to limited minutes, he’s not typically in the flow of the game. 2 makes and this game would be iced and Ant buried em both.
Baylor hadn’t won in Stillwater since 2003 and hadn’t had a sweep of Oklahoma State in almost 90 years. Coach Drew also picked up his first win @ OSU.
Another great road win for the Baylor Bears to keep the momentum for what will be an almost 11,000 strong crowd on Wednesday at the Ferrell Center when Kansas comes to town. This game has huge implications for the Bears’ hopes at a Big 12 title.
One last thing. If I know Coach Drew, and he’s as superstitious as I am, I bet they stay in the same hotel next year.
#FEARtheFERRELL on Wednesday vs Kansas
Baylor – 56-5 in the big 3 sports this year #12 football, #2 RPI men’s bball (#6 AP), #1 women’s bball #UNPRECEDENTED
- Game Balls go to:
– Brady Heslip for burying 1 and 1s with under 2 minutes left to ice the game. What an asset to this team that will pay dividends as we look to make a deep run in the tourney
– Quincy Acy for being a glass eater all game long and again being involved in or securing a huge rebound at the end of the game to seal the victory
– Honorable Mention to Perry Jones who did what he do. Another double double and continuing to be more consistent. His 17-18 foot jumper is deadly and he’s stroking it
- Baylor, the Big 12′s leading FG % team shot only 40.7% from the floor, but put in another stellar defensive effort holding OSU to 40.0%
- Baylor out-rebounded OSU 37-28 (14 offensive to 7) – EXCELLENT Job!
- The Cookie Monster charted yet another double double (12 pts / 11 boards) and gobbled up SIX offensive rebounds
- Not to be outdone, Perry Jones stuffed the stat sheet again with yet another double double (16 pts (on 7/13 shooting) / 11 bords), 7 coming on the offensive end
- Quincy Miller’s minutes were limited late again as he got into foul trouble for the second game in a row. The fouls he’s committing are freshman fouls sometimes which he will easily clean up as he gets more experience
- Pierre Jackson put in another monster game handling the rock with only 1 TO and 4 assists. He just keeps getting better distributing the ball
- Gallagher – Iba arena was again empty in the second deck. I just have to point this out because the bigger state schools be-rated Baylor for poor fan support when our teams didn’t play well. Many of those teams are eating a ton of crow now as they continue to dress their fans up as empty seats
- Baylor’s RPI is now up to #2 in the country
- Baylor improves to 8-1 away from the Ferrell Center this year and is assured a winning record on the road in Big 12 play
Wow! On the 167th birthday of the original University of The Republic of Texas, in a nationally televised game on BSPN2 (Baylor Sports Programming Network), the story lines in this game were amazing. Aggy should have never been in the game to begin with, but when I say Aggy gonna Aggy, I’m talking they went Full Aggy.
In what will go down as the second most brain dead play (2nd only to Webber’s time out with no timeouts) in college basketball history, A&M shoots the ball from deep in the corner (on a shot the guy may have actually stepped out of bounds on) down 1 with 9.9 seconds left and bricks the 3 off the heel of the rim. Baylor rebounds and then heads to the freethrow line to ice the game.
Announcers stated it best by saying “What…Was…That? What was that?”
That makes me really question the quality of coaching they have down there at A&M, but maybe Kennedy can prove himself in the SEC. That call, out of what was in effect a timeout from the stoppage in play was unbelievable.
Let’s face it, A&M had no business being in this game. Baylor decided to spot A&M 20 points in the second half by, at one point, going 2-18 from the field. This quickly turned an 11 point lead at half time into a 5 point deficit. Then, in what Aggies consider a non-rivalry (we do too, since when you dominate an opponent for several years, it’s not really much of a rivalry), Aggie went and pissed off the Cookie Monster. From that point forward, Baylor dominated the game, going on a 9-0 run to re-take the lead setting up Pierre Jackson to do what he do.
Pierre Jackson proved once again that there is no one in college basketball more I-C-E than him as he cuts the heart out of the Aggies in their Basketball Super Bowl and likely effectively ends any chance of them making a real post season tournament.
Another angle of Pierre burying the dagger:
I can’t state enough how much Pierre Jackson relishes the pressure shot and he has delivered time and time and time again. He’s creating quite a legend in Waco – the college basketball center of the universe for 2012!
We’ll have more highlights up soon so check back with us!
Quincy Acy Monster Jam:
Quincy Acy Monster Jam (angle 2):
This will leave me wondering if Aggies would have stormed the court had they beaten a top 6 opponent since that’s something they’ve only done a couple of times in their entire history. Thankfully, we’ll never know.
This will be a great teaching opportunity for Baylor to learn better how to step on the throat of an opponent. Especially an opponent with as much hatred for you as the Aggies have for Baylor in a hostile environment.
Yet another great coaching job by Scott Drew and a great road win for your #6 Baylor Bears.
Up next, another tough road game against Oklahoma State. We haven’t won there in a while and while they don’t have many fans that show up any more, it’s still tough to win on the road. Just ask Missouri.
- Baylor had a season low 7 turnovers in this game. Excellent job!
- Pierre Jackson had only 3 turnovers and 5 assists. Amazingly low turnovers handling the ball that much in pressure situations
- Baylor won the rebounding battle 35-33 (10 offensive to
- Baylor finishes A&M’s time in the Big 12 winning the series battle 17-16 (big 12 tourney not withstanding)
- Baylor is off to it’s best conference start since 1967-1968 (7-2)
- Baylor wins 20 games for the 5th time in 6 seasons (20-2 and counting)
- Since October, Baylor football, women’s basketball and men’s basketball are 46-2 (has anyone ever done that before? doubtful)
- The neon yellow shirts showed up really well on the Baylor fans in college station. Way to represent #BaylorNation
- Baylor held A&M to 39.3% shooting for the game
- After giving up an 11 point half time lead through shear boredom, Baylor then overcame a 5 point deficit to win by 3. These guys never quite
- Baylor is currently tied for 2nd in the Big 12 standings halfway through the round robin