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Daily Bears Report 11.05.2012

It's the Fifth of November, so go listen to the 1812 Overture or something. (The best versions use real cannons.)

Justin Edmonds

Baylor Football won! Over Kansas, but let's focus on the good things. Baylor's defense showed some life, especially in the second half of Saturday's 41-14 (palindrome!) win over Kansas. It was extremely nice to win on Homecoming, and the 50-minute lightning break seemed to inspire the defense, as they allowed no points in the second half. Despite the season-long defensive struggles, two Baylor players in particular have gotten some very close looks from the NFL draft gurus, including ESPN's Mel Kiper. Terrance Williams is at #22 on his ($) Big Board, the second highest WR in this draft class (behind #19 Keenan Allen) and Kiper has junior OG Cyril Richardson as ($) his second-best junior, albeit behind a very strong senior class.

The Baylor Lady Bears play their second exhibition game tonight against Tarleton State in the Ferrell Center before kicking off their highly anticipated regular season this Friday at noon (televised on FSSW). With their motto of "Back 2 Business," the Lady Bears have made no secret of their goal to get back to the national championship, and they top ESPN's preseason women's basketball rankings.

Despite the loss of traditional rivalries with A&M, the new-look Big 12 should offer some interesting basketball, with the addition of TCU an WVU, but Baylor still sits on top of the conference with the return of all five starters, including current National Player of the Year, Brittney Griner.

Another set of Baylor Bears are Big 12 Champions! Baylor Soccer defeated TCU on Sunday, 4-1, and claimed their first conference championship in program history. Undefeated in conference play, the Bears now look towards the NCAA tournament and will be hosting a selection show party today at 3:30 PM in the Stone Room of the Ferrell Center to both celebrate their achievement and look towards the future. Baylor is assured a spot in the NCAA tourney for the second year in a row and the fourth in program history.

If I've missed anything, do leave a note in the comments.