Entries in Baylor (2)

Thursday
Dec292011

Big Time Baylor Basketball in Big D

We attended a NCAA mens basketball classic at AAC in Dallas last night with long time friend and regular reader, Longshanks.  No.6 Baylor defeated No.16 Mississippi in a battle at the AAC in Dallas.  Baylor junior Pierre Jackson’s driving layup with 28 seconds left and blocked the Bulldogs’ final shot attempt for a 54-52 victory, improving Baylor’s record to 13-0 and tying a school record best season start.

Renardo Sidney is going to get blamed for this loss after what he did with 1:35 left on the clock. After playing only 19 minutes due to heavy foul trouble, Renardo Sidney drew his fifth and final foul and a technical on the same possession. Down 52-50, Baylors Quincy Miller hit one of the two technical foul shots, and Quincy Acy hit one of his two foul shots to tie the game with 1:35 remaining.

Sidney did tie for the team-lead with 10 points and was dominant in the low post against Baylors rotation of low post defenders.

Wednesday’s game featured two contrasting halves, with Baylor topping Mississippi State by one point in both periods. The difference was a combined 39 points from the teams in the final 20 minutes compared to the first half, after which Baylor led 34-33.

The Bears struggled to 6 of 28 shooting in the second half, while the Bulldogs didn’t fare much better at 8 of 23. With such smothering defenses, Miller was asked if Wednesday was a man’s game.

“It was. The big men were tough, physical,” Miller said. “It was a very tough game.”

Baylor forced three ties in the second half after Jalen Steele’s 3-pointer put the Bulldogs ahead 38-36 at 17:34. After the first two ties, though, the Bulldogs responded by silencing the Baylor fans in attendance.

Hood answered a Perry Jones III dunk with a runner in the paint to retake a 40-38 lead, and Dee Bost later nailed a jumper in the paint after another Jones III dunk momentarily tied the game at 48.

Jones’ dunks were two of only four field goals he netted in the game, as he finished 4 of 13 with eight points. Jones is now 11 of 34 in his last three games.

The first half of Wednesday’s game was a seesaw affair, with three ties and five lead changes. Heslip had 11 points at the halftime buzzer, while Jackson had 10.

With over 20 seconds left, State couldnt get a solid look at the low block and a pick-and-roll never developed, thanks to some great denial defense by Baylor.  Bost failed to touch the ball for the final part of the game and clearly the set that was called in the huddle was designed to create something off the dribble. Plan B unfortunately became freshman guard Rodney Hood taking an off-balanced contested jump shot that was blocked.

College basketball fans learned two things about Baylor. Their guard play is significantly better with the additions of Boston College transfer Brady Heslips shooting and former junior college All-American Pierre Jacksons ability to create off the dribble. They are also a major force in Baylors 1-3-1 zone defense that allows the Bears to have long, athletic wings to come out 25 feet away to contest perimeter players and basically turn their defense into a mix-and-match man-to-man.

When I got home I watched a replay of the game.  Twenty nine scouts from 25 NBA teams were  in American Airlines Center to see the Arnett Moultrie/Perry Jones III matchup.  Looking at the box score, it may appear that neither was productive. But Moultrie has an impressive game, playing physical defense.  Moultrie was able to push Jones III out 12-15 feet away from the basket before he would get the post catch from a Baylor guard, most of the night.  Baylors projected lottery pick was 4-for-13 for only eight points.

Mississippi State (12-2) almost knocked off a Final Four contender in a NCAA Tournament-like contest at a neutral site.  The Bears are ecstatic about being one of four undefeated teams in the country. Theyve defeated some good teams and have earned the accolades that will come their way. Baylor is definitely the team to watch in the Big XII, (10-team) Conference.  The Bears conference opener against Texas A&M, tips off at 6 p.m. Monday, January 2 at the Ferrell Center in Waco.

Monday
Nov282011

Big XII BCS Report Card for Week 14

The Baylor Bears of the Big XII Conference of nine teams (in 2012 if WVA loses court battle) come in at No. 17 in the BCS Rankings for Week 14.  The Bears need several teams in front of them to lose for them to climb into at-large bid territory. Baylor has one last chance to impress voters this Saturday when they take on No. 22 TEXAS, the biggest under achiever in the FBS.

How the hell is Texas still ranked in the top 25? A Bears longhorn butt whipping will correct that error. By the way, do you think any of us will live long enough to see Texas A&M ranked in the BCS poll after they join the SEC in July?  Methinks not. See Vanderbilt and Kentucky for details.

LSU and Alabama remain in the top two spots are are followed by Oklahoma State and Stanford. Virginia Tech enters the top five for the first time on the eve of its match up with Clemson in the ACC Championship game. 

Undefeated Houston climbs to No. 6 one spot ahead of Boise State. Arkansas slips to No. 8 after falling to LSU. Oregon comes in at No. 9 while Oklahoma rounds out the top 10. 

Other Big XII teams include Kansas State at No. 11, Texas No. 22 and Missouri (joining SEC in 2012) at No. 25. TCU (joining the Big XII in 2012) is ranked is No. 18 in the BCS.

Here is a look at the full BCS Rankings for Week 14:

 

BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 LSU 1.0000 1 1 2875 1.0000 1 1475 1.0000 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.000
2 Alabama .9551 2 2 2756 .9586 2 1411 .9566 2 3 2 3 2 2 2 .950
3 Oklahoma State .8712 4 5 2414 .8397 5 1245 .8441 3 2 3 2 3 3 3 .930
4 Stanford .8559 6 3 2512 .8737 4 1289 .8739 4 4 4 5 8 10 5 .820
5 Virginia Tech .7811 5 4 2438 .8480 3 1291 .8753 10 8 9 9 13 18 11 .620
6 Houston .7399 8 6 2147 .7468 6 1096 .7431 8 5 12 8 9 8 6 .730
7 Boise State .7027 7 8 2092 .7277 8 1033 .7003 9 9 7 6 14 12 8 .680
8 Arkansas .7003 3 9 1971 .6856 10 937 .6353 6 10 8 13 4 4 4 .780
9 Oregon .6862 10 7 2107 .7329 7 1041 .7058 10 15 5 12 12 9 9 .620
10 Oklahoma .6710 9 10 1768 .6150 11 882 .5980 5 6 6 4 6 6 10 .800
11 Kansas State .5702 11 15 1348 .4689 15 681 .4617 6 7 10 7 5 5 7 .780
12 South Carolina .5684 12 14 1554 .5405 13 833 .5647 12 11 13 10 10 11 12 .600
13 Michigan State .5369 14 11 1704 .5927 9 941 .6380 16 17 11 16 18 20 15 .380
14 Georgia .5348 13 12 1613 .5610 14 816 .5532 14 13 16 14 11 14 14 .490
15 Wisconsin .4576 16 13 1567 .5450 12 852 .5776 19 19 14 18 24 25 18 .250
16 Michigan .4310 15 16 1256 .4369 16 658 .4461 15 12 17 11 17 22 17 .410
17 Baylor .3910 18 18 900 .3130 18 457 .3098 13 14 18 15 7 7 13 .550
18 TCU .3310 20 17 980 .3409 17 534 .3620 18 21 15 19 23 19 16 .290
19 Nebraska .2578 21 19 773 .2689 19 390 .2644 20 18 19 17 25 24 19 .240
20 Clemson .1979 17 20 632 .2198 21 286 .1939 21 22 20 21 22 23 21 .180
21 Penn State .1382 19 22 415 .1443 22 192 .1302 23 20 21 20 0 0 23 .140
22 Texas .1334 25 25 160 .0557 NR 51 .0346 17 16 0 22 15 13 20 .310
23 West Virginia .1241 NR 21 495 .1722 20 295 .2000 29 0 0 25 0 0 0 .000
24 Southern Miss .0724 NR 23 287 .0998 23 173 .1173 29 0 0 24 0 0 0 .000
25 Missouri .0588 NR NR 16 .0056 NR 16 .0108 22 23 24 0 16 15 25 .160