Thursday Daily Bears Report: K-State Needs a Hug

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Softball preseason rankings are out, there are rumbles in the recruiting world, and someone please love the Kansas State women's basketball team.

Based on my (limited) recruiting savvy and twitter observation skills, this weekend's junior day could be a big, big deal for Baylor football. More on that below. The big news right now is the absolute thrashing Baylor WBB delivered to Kansas State last night, despite a late K-State run to make the carnage look a bit more respectable. Baseball and softball are almost upon us, an yours truly looks forward to many an afternoon spent sunning, studying, writing, and cheering out at Baylor Ballpark. Hopefully there will be enough highlights on the diamond this year to keep the old Floyd Casey jumbotron from getting bored.

In-Season News: Men's and Women's Basketball

The Lady Bears took on Kansas State in the Ferrell Center last night, and the first half was one to remember. Odyssey Sims and company took a 52-13 lead into halftime, and won the game comfortably with a final score of 71-38. Kim Mulkey was able to play reserves for the great majority of the second half, and Sims finished with only 20 points.

No. 12 WBB Trounces Kansas State. 71-47 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com

No. 12 Baylor 71, Kansas State 48: Lady Bears strike back - WacoTrib.com: Lady Bears Basketball
Baylor doesn’t lose two games in a row very often.

The men's basketball team takes on Texas on Saturday at 12:30 in Waco. It won't be an easy game. Baylor's struggles on the court, especially in the second half, have been well-documented as of late. Wins against Texas and West Virginia, neither of which are pushovers, is essential to getting conference play turned around and setting up to make a respectable tournament run. A more intensive preview of this game will come in tomorrow's report.

Off-Season News: Football and Baseball

Baylor will be hosting a junior day this Saturday. The event will be closed to the public and the media, and includes several big names in the 2015 recruiting race. Baylor's current 2015 commits, Chad President, Blake Lynch, and Ronnie Major will be present, as well as other big names like DaMarkus Lodge, Ryan Newsome, Jarrett Stidham, and James Lockhart. If Baylor can net any of these recruits on Saturday, it will be huge boost for the 2015 class.

This tweet from Ryan Newsome was retweeted, favorited, or responded to by all of the recruits he tagged. They are all acquainted and all Baylor targets. I'm never one to read too much into social media, but this seems like a very positive sign and Lynch has been our most effective recruiter thus far. The seemingly random second tweet was favorited by both Lockhart and Stidham.

There is absolutely no noteworthy baseball news today. Oops.

The Best of the Rest

The Big 12 preseason poll for softball was released, and Baylor garnered a second place preseason ranking in the conference on the heels of being named #18 in the preseason national poll. This is the highest the Lady Bears have ever been in the Big 12 preseason poll. They sit behind Oklahoma, a perennial favorite.

Softball Picked 2nd in Preseason Big 12 Softball Poll - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com

Big 12 a deeper conference than many expected - SBNation.com
Kansas isn't a lock to notch its tenth straight regular-season conference title, as there are a slew of talented Big 12 teams

NBA Draft 2014: Joel Embiid leads SB Nation's early big board - SBNation.com
The Kansas center has vaulted ahead of the more hyped members of his class and sits atop our early draft board, but who else sneaks into the top 15?

Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 includes Marcus Smart, Jabari Parker - SBNation.com
With the list whittled down to 25, the race is on for college basketball's most prestigious award.

Dessert

Because the Big 12 needed more pandemonium, TCU tried their darnedest to upset OU in Norman last night, keeping the game tied up to the three minute mark.

Today, we're going to introduce a discussion question for the commentariat to have fun with. For the past few basketball games, we've had to listen to commentators go on about how Rico Gathers could play football. Today, we actually experiment with the idea. Gathers is listed at 6'8" and 270 lbs. This is comparable to Shawn Oakman. He is a finance major who enjoys giving hugs, smiling, and picking up large objects because he can. In 2014, he walks onto the football team.

1. What position does Rico play?

2. Where is Rico in the depth chart?

3. What is his stat line for that position?

4. Is he capable of matching Shawn Oakman and Andrew Billings in assorted feats of strength?

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