Guten Morgen alle! Conner, who would normally be doing today's Daily Bears Report, was informed last night that he is now a Baylor University Chamber of Commerce pledge , so he was indisposed doing important things related to that. Also, congratulations Conner!
Today is a very busy day in Baylor sports. If there is a team that is in-season right now, it is playing (save Men's Tennis, who played on Friday). Plus, Full Speed Friday occurred yesterday. Not to mention, it is the anniversary of the chartering of the oldest continually-operating university in the great state of Texas!
Let's get down to business and defeat the Cowboys, Longhorns, and Gators!
In Season: Men's and Women's Basketball
Baylor vs. Oklahoma State, 1:00 p.m. CST, Stillwater, OK
The Man Bears are in action today at 1:00 in the awful land known as Stillwater, Oklahoma. They are welcomed to the Gallagher-Iba Arena by No. 8 Oklahoma State, a team looking to rebound from a beating at the hands of hated rivals Oklahoma. Baylor, meanwhile, will be looking to end a five-game losing streak.
The Cowboys are led by Marcus Smart's 17.3 ppg. There's no question that Smart needs to be shut down if Baylor are to avoid losing their sixth straight. What Baylor needs to do better has already been discussed at length here on ODB, so I'll just give a short summary. The Bears need to make free throws in order to pull off the unlikely upset; Baylor is shooting a paltry 55.8% from the line during their losing streak. Transition defense, which has been a problem all season, likely will not be fixed from Tuesday, but one can hope.
This will be a tough game for the Bears, especially since the Cowboys have not lost at home all season.
In addition, Saturday is Autism Awareness Day. From the OSU website:
Autism Awareness Day
Coach Travis Ford is one of nearly 100 men's basketball coaches throughout the country that will be wearing the "Autism Speaks" pin on his suit jacket Saturday. Towson's Pat Skerry and Marshall's Tom Herrion, each who have sons on the autism spectrum, have started a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about this disease.
Notes about autism:
• Autism now affects 1 in 88 children.
• Autism now affects 1 in 54 boys.
• Autism prevalence figures are growing.
• Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the United States.
• Autism costs a family approximately $60,000 a year on average.
• There is no medical detection or cure.
Baylor vs. Texas, 6:30 p.m. CST, Waco, TX
Besides that school down Highway 6, I do not think there is a school Baylor fans enjoy beating more than Texas. Today, we get that chance again. Unfortunately, the last time the Longhorns came to the Ferrell Center, they beat the Men's team. Somehow I don't see the Longhorns being so lucky today. The Lady Bears have been playing very well as of late and all the signs point to yet another Big 12 win for Baylor.
Come early, fill the Ferrell, be loud, and HEX TEX!
Off Season: Football and Baseball
News related to #FullSpeedFriday can be found in the Full Speed Friday thread Mark put up yesterday. Since most of the news is already in that thread, I will just put some highlights in the DBR.
It appears that something Kaz and Krew (yes, I did just come up with that awfully awesome name for the Strength and Conditioning coaches) are doing is working.
Hand timers?! HAND TIMERS?!
There is a perfectly logical explanation for the use of hand timers:
I, for one, like to think that Kaz has developed his reflexes over this last season to the point that he is faster than laser timers and thus, more accurate.
This is ridiculous. I don't know if this vertical test and the standard NBA vertical test are the same, but if so, Seth Russell has a vertical comparable to LeBron James. Such jump.
If you missed TCGAB's book signing on campus, there's another chance for you to get your book signed by the man himself.
Watch this video:
Best of the Rest: Tennis and Softball
Baylor vs Florida, 1:00 p.m. CST, Waco, TX
#19 Baylor hosts #2 Florida at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis as they look to move to 7-0 in the season. Despite taking a semester of tennis, I really don't know all that much about it. I'd like to give some sort of insight into what looks to be a good match-up, but I simply don't have the knowledge to do so. If someone with tennis knowledge would kindly post something in the comments about the match, it would be much appreciated.
Skip to the end of the video and click on the minute long version for the best results.
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