It gloriously feels like fall! Like, actual fall! And it's Friday, so that's even better!
Baylor Men's Basketball defeated Abilene Christian University last night, 103-75. All 14 members of the team, including some potential redshirt freshmen, saw action last night, and those freshmen did not lose their eligibility last night, due to the rules about an exhibition game. Brady Heslip led Baylor in scoring with 18 points, all on three-point shots, and freshman Rico Gathers had a game-high 10 rebounds in only 14 minutes of play. The Bears broke the century mark for the first time since last January on freshman Chad Rykhoek's layup, his first field goal in a Baylor uniform. Their next game is at 4:00 PM Friday, November 9th, the second game of a doubleheader with the Lady Bears.
Speaking of, the Lady Bears are the overwhelming Big 12 favorite, and play their first exhibition game next Tuesday against Oklahoma City University here in Waco. The Lady Bears are coming off a 40-0 season, and look to capture another national title.
Two teams that are trying to take "the next step" will be meeting this weekend, when Baylor plays Iowa State. With Baylor coming off an historical season and Iowa State becoming bowl eligible and defeating second ranked OSU, both teams are on the edge of becoming a regular force in the Big 12. A large part of Baylor's current offensive squad is their impressively bearded center, Ivory Wade.
15th-ranked Baylor Soccer finishes out the regular season tonight against TCU, here in Waco. The Bears need to defeat the Horned Frogs to clinch second place in the conference, and the second seed in the Big 12 Tournament, held later this month in San Antonio. The Bears are 8-0 at Betty Lou Mays field, and have only allowed two goals there all season. If they win tonight, they will set a new season record for home victories.
Baylor Athletics leads the Big 12 in graduation rate, with a 71% rate of graduation tying the University of Texas. Baylor's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) also improved for the fourth consecutive year, and the score of 82 is two points higher than the national average of 80.
And finally, I remembered them this week! This Week in Gifs, featuring much hilarity to get you through your Friday work or school morning!