3.25.2012 Daily Bears Report: David vs. Goliath Part Deux

Mar 23, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; The Baylor Bears huddle after their win in the semi-finals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Georgia Dome. Baylor won 75-70. Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

So here we are again at the doorstep of the Final Four with a #1 seed and Tournament favorite standing in our way. Here we are again as the decided underdog against an opponent that, by all indications, should beat us advance. Here we are again with the chance to rewrite Baylor's lurid basketball history and shock the entire basketball world.

There is no shortage of articles/posts out there this morning for Baylor's Elite 8 matchup today vs. the Kentucky Wildcats, and even though most observers seem to believe that UK will win comfortably and advance, there is a definite undercurrent of intrigue surrounding our Bears and their chances in this game.

If I had to give my three keys to a Baylor victory that KenPom thinks so unlikely, I'd probably say: 1) Get Anthony Davis into foul trouble, 2) Keep UK from bombing in 3s over the zone, and 3) Don't let them blow us away from the FT line. This is an extremely aggressive offensive team that can score in just about any way they want, but we can't let them do it through free throws. Attacking the basket and drawing FTs is one of Baylor's biggest problems on offense, I think, and we can't compete in a game that requires us to get to the line with regularity.

Head below the jump for all the links I can find about today's game, its historical significance, and what Baylor has on the line today in Atlanta, Georgia. A trip to the Final Four for Baylor (and for me) hangs in the balance! Goliath must fall!

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[3] Baylor (30-7) vs. [1] Kentucky (35-2)
March 25, 2012 | 1:20 p.m. CDT
Atlanta, Ga. | Georgia Dome (35,000)

TV: CBS

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No. 9 MBB Meets Top-Seeded Kentucky in Elite Eight - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
No. 3 seed (30-7) Baylor is one game away from making its first NCAAFinal Four appearance in 62 seasons. Baylor will meet top-seeded Kentucky (35-2) in the NCAASouth Regional final Sunday at 1:20 p.m. CDTon CBS.

March Madness 2012, Kentucky Vs. Baylor: TV Schedule, Game Time And More - SB Nation Atlanta
The South Regional final is between No. 1 seeded Kentucky Wildcats and the No. 3 seeded Baylor Bears. Kentucky is the best team in the country for a reason as they are athletic and a deep team that...

2012 Elite Eight - How the Baylor Bears can beat the Kentucky Wildcats - ESPN
ESPN Insider John Gasaway writes that Baylor is unlikely to beat Kentucky on Sunday, but gives a blueprint for the Bears to pull off the upset.

How Exactly Could Baylor Beat Kentucky? - SB Nation Dallas
If Scott Drew's team can upset John Calipari's on Sunday, it would be the biggest win in the history of the program. The SB Nation Dallas crew tries to figure out how it could happen.

NCAA College Basketball Preview - Baylor Bears at Kentucky Wildcats - Mar 25, 2012 - CBSSports.com
Bouncing back from one of the most shocking scandals in NCAA history, the neon-clad Bears have pushed their way into the regional finals for the second time in three years. They have a couple of players who are likely first-round picks and certainly believe they have the talent, skill and work ethic to compete with the mighty Wildcats.

Kentucky vs. Baylor | Five things to watch | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com
You can be sure NBA scouts will be watching this matchup of former McDonald’s All America big men. Davis is a lock to be the No.1 pick in the draft whenever he comes out, and Jones is rated the No.8 prospect for this year by ESPN.

Baylor won't wear electric yellow uniforms Sunday
But since Baylor is the lower seeded team in the South Regional championship game, the NCAA wanted darker uniforms.

Scott Drew has brought Baylor from the brink - Post-Tribune
Atlanta — Scott Drew could have spent his entire coaching career at Valparaiso. The Baylor Bears are glad he didn’t. After he graduated from Butler, Drew joined his dad, Homer, as an assistant coach in 1993 and was elevated to associate head coach in 2001-02.

20 Reasons to Watch the Rest of the Elite 8 on Sunday | The Big Lead
SPONSORED BY APPLEBEE'S As the tourney prepares to wrap up the Elite 8, two great games are on the docket for Sunday. Here are your 20 reasons and 2 players to watch for as you enjoy the action during Kentucky vs. Baylor and Kansas vs. UNC.

Baylor Bears' return to prominence nothing short of awe-inspiring | NOLA.com
You’ve heard the Baylor story before, maybe at least a handful of times. But that doesn’t mean you have to tire of it.

Kentucky, Baylor Back in Familiar Territory - ABC News
Well, this looks familiar. Kentucky is back in a regional final. So is Baylor.

Baylor’s Acy says he ‘can’t shy away’ from Kentucky’s Davis after 4 dunks in semifinal win - The Washington Post
ATLANTA — Baylor dunked its way into the NCAA South Regional final.

Baylor hopes to lean on Jackson's title experience - College Basketball - Rivals.com
Bears' point guard won a national junior college championship. He has to lead his team past Kentucky for a chance at the NCAA crown. - College Basketball news

Kentucky, like Duke in 2010, stands between Baylor and Final Four - BostonHerald.com
ATLANTA - In their return to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, Baylor’s men have followed the same blueprint they used in 2010: Pound three double-digit seeds to set up a showdown with one of college basketball’s blueblood programs. The challenge today for the Bears (30-7) in...

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