COLUMBIA, MO - FEBRUARY 11: Head coach Scott Drew of the Baylor Bears watches from the bench during the game against the Missouri Tigers on February 11, 2012 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
I realized while looking over the site tonight that I hadn't actually posted a copy of the non-conference schedule Baylor Basketball released yesterday. Brandon shared his thoughts about it yesterday with a link, but we never shared the schedule itself. A tremendous oversight. Here it is from the BaylorBears.com's official story (below the jump):
|2012-13 MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Oct. 25||Abilene Christian (Exh.)||Waco, Texas||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 9||Lehigh||Waco, Texas||9 p.m.|
|Nov. 11||Jackson State||Waco, Texas||TBD|
|Nov. 15||vs. Boston College||Charleston, S.C.||ESPNU||2 p.m.|
|Nov. 16||vs. Colorado/Dayton||Charleston, S.C.||ESPNU||TBA|
|Nov. 18||TBD||Charleston, S.C.||TBD|
|Nov. 24||College of Charleston||Waco, Texas||TBD|
|Dec. 1||at Kentucky||Lexington, Ky.||11:30 a.m.|
|Dec. 4||Northwestern||Waco, Texas||8 p.m.|
|Dec. 12||Lamar||Waco, Texas||9 p.m.|
|Dec. 17||USC Upstate||Waco, Texas||7 p.m.|
|Dec. 21||BYU||Waco, Texas||TBD|
|Dec. 28||at Gonzaga||Spokane, Wash.||7 p.m.|
It should be noted that two of the other schools in the Charleston Classic have yet to be determined. Baylor will play one of those schools on November 18 in what is now marked "TBD."
What do you think? Obviously, Kentucky is the biggest date to be circled, but after that? BYU is hardly a slouch so getting them in Waco will be advantageous. Gonzaga is typically a well-coached squad that plays particularly well on the west coast. Traveling to Spokane to meet them will be a tough task, indeed. The field at Charleston looks fairly strong, though I'm not certain how well Boston College will fair next year. We saw for our own eyes the improvements Colorado has made with their late season charge to meet us in the Tournament.
All in all, I see a schedule that, unlike years past, will pose several challenges to a Baylor squad that will be breaking in at least two, probably three new starters with several more untested rotation players. You can't look at that slate and tell me Scott Drew is taking the easy road anymore.