Indeed, baseball season is here at last, and hopefully it will go smoother than basketball season. The Bears are picked sixth in a Big 12 field of nine (Iowa State does not field a baseball team, strangely). Apparently we still have a better men's basketball team than TCU, and there is news to report regarding Acrobatics and Tumbling. What's Acrobatics and Tumbling? I have no idea, but you're going to hear about it.
In-Season News: MBB, WBB, and Baseball
There's really not much to say about men's basketball after yesterday. We've beaten TCU and a rapidly falling Oklahoma State, but there are no indicators that our tournament hopes are anything more than memories, and we are playing out the rest of the season for pride. The next game is tomorrow evening at 6:00 in the Ferrell Center versus a very competent Kansas State team. Let's see what happens.
Women's basketball, on the other hand, is cruising through conference play almost effortlessly. After a puzzling loss at Kansas and an overtime win in Stillwater, the Lady Beard have had no trouble with their other opponents. Kim Mulkey continues to be one of the most entertaining coaches in the game and Odyssey Sims is building a huge resume during her last year in Waco. I think we all expected a drop-off after the loss of our tall friend Brittney Griner, but Sims has turned into the extremely competent leader and scoring machine that we had hoped for. This team should be poised for a deep tournament run, and has matured quite a bit since their hard-fought loss to Connecticut earlier this year. The Lady Bears travel to Austin to take on that orange school at noon on Sunday.
Baseball is here! After promising that it would arrive soon for weeks, the Bears take the diamond at no. 19 Arizona State today at 3:30. You can catch the game on 1660 AM. This matchup is the first part of a three game series. Hopefully Mileskelly will drop the third chapter of his baseball preview today for your reading pleasure, since the last two installments have been fantastic. We'll be here to link it to you if and when that happens, and we can't wait for baseball to come back to Waco so we can spend many an afternoon at the ballpark with company and a pile of homework to not do.
Off-Season News: Football
The off-season column is going to be a bit lonely for the next month and a half while baseball and both basketballs overlap. As the basketballs finish I intend to move football up to the "in-season" slot since basketball should definitely be over just before the spring football game is set to take place.
Yesterday I mentioned potential big news in the Baylor recruiting world, and now that the news is more than two days old and the commentariat spilled it to some degree in yesterday's DBR, I feel comfortable sharing a bit more for those of you who don't follow recruiting religiously.
Baylor currently appears to be one of the frontrunners for a former five-star linebacker who is looking to leave Ohio State for a school closer to home. His name is Mike Mitchell, and he possesses a good motor and incredible lateral speed from what I've seen of him so far, often combining the best traits of Eddie Lackey and Bryce Hager. He also has a younger brother, Mickey Mitchell, who is an elite basketball recruit and possible game-changer for the Drew Crew.
The circumstances of Mitchell's homecoming are unfortunate, as his father is apparently ailing and the young man wants to be nearby, but we certainly hope that he continues to play football and is able to find a home at Baylor if he so chooses.
The Best of the Rest
A February ice storm shuffled and threatened Baylor softball's annual Getterman Classic, but the No. 14/16 Lady Bears will play host to five teams, Friday through Sunday, in the round-robin event.
Baylor's Acrobatics & Tumbling team opened its 2014 season with a loss to defending national champion Oregon, 280.2-274.38, at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore., Thursday night. What is acrobatics and tumbling? I promise I'll find out.
The sixth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team will compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships starting Friday in Houston. They will also be doing so against Aggies. Get popcorn.
Baylor's six student-athletes at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine will be joined by a familiar face, as team physician Jon Ellis of Waco's Southwest Sports Medicine has also received a select invitation to the week-long evaluation event leading up to the NFL Draft.
That pretty much wraps it up on this particular Friday! Enjoy your weekends, have a swell time listening to the baseball broadcast if you so choose, and enjoy this bout of nice Texas weather while it lasts.