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: