3.10.2012 Daily Bears Report: Baylor Basketball's Championship Saturday (x2)

WE'VE GOT A JAYHAWK DOWN! (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

It's been a crazy last 24 hours for Baylor's athletic programs. In the early game yesterday, Brittney Griner very nearly outscored the Kansas State Wildcats herself by setting a career-high and conference tournament record in points with 45. In the late game, Baylor's men's basketball team upset the #1-seed Kansas Jayhawks 81-72 in front of a crowd in Kansas City largely sympathetic to the Jayhawks. After that hubbub died down, news broke that the Washington Redskins agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Rams sending a king's ransom in draft picks to the Rams for the #2 pick in this year's NFL Draft, a pick that will likely turn out to be Baylor QB Robert Griffin III.

All of that action sets up a Saturday where the word "Baylor" is emblazoned across nearly every sports outlet, website, or news source, which is only the latest indication that 2011-2012 is the Year of the Bear.

Here's what Baylor's basketball teams have on the docket on Championship Saturday. First up are the Lady Bears, who play at 11:00 AM on FSSW (at least in Texas). You can click the link below to get viewing options for out-of-state Baylor fans. The guys don't play until 5:00 this evening, and their game will be broadcast on ESPN nationwide.

Baylor [#1/1 (33-0)] vs. Texas A&M [#22/14 (22-9)]
Saturday, March 10, 2012 | 11 a.m. CT
Kansas City, Mo. | Municipal Auditorium (9,308)

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#12/11 Baylor (27-6) vs. 5/5 Missouri (29-4)
March 10, 2012 | 5 p.m. CST
Kansas City, Mo. | Sprint Center (18,972)

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Head below the jump for more links and stories about the action from today and yesterday!

Baylor Lady Bears:

No. 1 WBB, Aggies Square Off in Big 12 Title Game - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
The top-ranked Lady Bears seek its second consecutive Big 12 Championship title when Baylor takes on Texas A&M, Saturday, at 11 a.m. CT.

Griner's 45 Breaks Big 12 Record, WBB Rolls K-State - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Brittney Griner had a career-high 45 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots, leading No. 1 Baylor to an 86-65 rout of Kansas State on Friday in the Big 12 tournament semifinals.

Brittney Griner's 45 points puts Baylor Lady Bears in Big 12 semifinals - ESPN
Truth is, Kansas State really didn't play badly in Friday's Big 12 tournament semifinals. The Wildcats, like so many other teams this season, just ran into the "Great Wall of Griner."

Griner, Baylor women rout Kansas State - The Boston Globe
Nearly every shot Brittney Griner put up before the game clanked off the rim, and the phenom for No. 1 Baylor was justifiably concerned.

No. 1 seed Lady Bears look to set new record | The Baylor Lariat
The No. 1 Baylor Lady Bears could be the first team ever to win 40 games in a single season

Texas A&M, Baylor meet again for Big 12 championship - Dallas Colleges Blog - ESPN Dallas
On Saturday, Texas A&M will play in its fifth consecutive Big 12 women's championship game. It will also be the last one for the Aggies.

Brittney Griner is ESPN.com player of year - ESPN
Baylor's Brittney Griner (player of the year), St. Bonaventure's Jim Crowley (coach) and Duke's Elizabeth Williams (freshman) earn ESPN.com's top accolades for the 2011-12 season.

Baylor Bears Basketball:

Title Game Bound: Men's Hoops Upsets No. 3 Kansas - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Baylor sharpshooter Brady Heslip hit a pair of 3-pointers to keep No. 3 Kansas at bay, and Perry Jones III finished with 18 points as the No. 12 Bears beat the Jayhawks 81-72 on Friday night to reach the Big 12 tournament title game.

No. 11 MBB Aims for Big 12 Title vs. No. 5 Missouri - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
No. 4 seed Baylor (27-6) and No. 2 seed Missouri (29-4) will square off in the finals of the 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Saturday's final will tip at 5 p.m. CSTon ESPN.

New-look Baylor officially ends Border War - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
One day after debuting highlighter-yellow jerseys, the Baylor basketball team trotted onto the court for Friday’s Big 12 tournament semifinal against Kansas decked out in camouflage.

Those wishing for Kansas-Mizzou III disappointed, but Baylor feels fine - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball - CBSSports.com News, Scores, Stats, Schedule and RPI Rankings
The Big 12 tournament was supposed to end with the third Kansas-Missouri battle of the season. Baylor blows it all up, beating the Jayhawks in the semis. Dennis Dodd says the Bears have no problem nixing a Border War finale.

Missouri wants to exit the Big 12 in style - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - About 30 minutes before their tilt with Texas, the Missouri Tigers stood in the Sprint Center tunnel and loosened their legs.

Baylor spoils Kansas-Mizzou Big 12 title tilt
Scott Drew feels badly that conference realignment has wiped away traditional rivalries. He feels terrible that Missouri's departure for the Southeastern Conference means a storied rivalry against Kansas has drawn to a close this season.

Baylor, with win over Kansas shows it's for real- Austin American Statesmen
Apparently Kansas was serious when it said it no longer wanted to play the conference-bolting Missouri Tigers ever again.

Big 12 Baylor upsets Kansas – USATODAY.com
Baylor sharpshooter Brady Heslip hit a pair of 3-pointers to keep No. 3 Kansas at bay, and the No. 11 Bears beat the Jayhawks 81-72.

Bracketology 2012: Kentucky All But Locks Up Top Overall Seed - SBNation.com
Thanks to a Syracuse loss Friday night, the Wildcats have no more competition for the No. 1 spot overall on Selection Sunday. At the other end of the bracket, North Carolina State and Arizona roll in...

Robert Griffin III:

NFL.com news: Redskins' epic swap with Rams not without precedent
Washington's epic trade with St. Louis, which will lead to the drafting of Robert Griffin III barring alien intervention, came at a steep price. It's not the first deal of its kind in NFL history -- but will it work?

Washington Redskins Plan Trade that Gives Chance to Draft Robert Griffin III - WSJ.com
The Washington Redskins have a deal in place to acquire the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft from the St. Louis Rams, positioning the team to acquire Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.

Rams trade No. 2 overall pick to Redskins for four picks - BostonHerald.com
ST. LOUIS - While the Washington Redskins will get what they hope is their quarterback of the future in trading up with the Rams to the No. 2 spot in the draft, the Rams will get a mother lode of draft picks that could get the franchise back on his feet.

Timing was a key to Redskins' big deal - NFC East Blog - ESPN- Officially, the trade that will send three first-round draft picks and a second-rounder from the Washington Redskins to the St. Louis Rams in exchange x

Redskins Bet Future on Trade to Acquire Robert Griffin - NYTimes.com
Coach Mike Shanahan, who has cycled through Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman and John Beck in his time with the Redskins, clearly wants Robert Griffin III to run his bootleg-based offense.

Friday's Sports in Brief - - SI.com
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Redskins are poised to pay a hefty price to move into position to take Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Redskins Acquire No. 2 Pick In 2012 NFL Draft From Rams, According To Reports - SBNation.com - The Washington Rams reportedly traded three first-round draft picks to the St. Louis Rams for the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The trade will, in all likelihood, net the Redskins Robert Griffin III.

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