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2.28.2012 Daily Bears Report: The Weekend That Was

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Aside from the fact that our baseball team dropped its first 2 games of the season in California after bludgeoning UCLA in game 1, Baylor had a pretty solid weekend in its remaining sports ventures. Last night on Senior Night at home against Texas Tech, Baylor's MBB team dominated Texas Tech en route to the most conference wins (12) and wins (25) ever in a single season. To celebrate the senior's final home game, Baylor rolled out a starting lineup containing erstwhile star Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones, and the little-used Fred Ellis, all seniors. It was a classy move and one I loved to see, especially when all three played extremely well. A.J. Walton also played very well for Baylor, as did Perry Jones III, who needed a front court like Tech's to reestablish himself and gain confidence. Their next game (the last before the conference tournament starts next week) will take place Saturday in Ames, Iowa against the Cyclones of Iowa State.

It was also a night of records for our #1-ranked Baylor Lady Bears, who continued their undefeated run in a nail-biter against the defending national champion Texas A&M Aggies in College Station. Baylor won the game 69-62 after having been up 15 early, losing the lead, actually trailing in the game, and then finally regaining the lead for good. Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims each had 25 points for Baylor, who is now 30-0 (17-0 in-conference) on the season. I didn't know this before last night, but if Baylor wins out, they can be the first team ever in major college basketball to win 40 games in the same season. If we're talking about records we want to see, I'll take that one.

One thing to worry about for the WBB team is a resurgent A&M. Fresh off a 20-point beatdown in Waco a few weeks ago, A&M showed massive improvement, particularly on offense, and was able to make a game out of what looked like a blowout early on. Baylor ran into trouble with A&M when it had to beat them the fourth time last year in the tournament, and it looks like we're going to have to do the same again at some point unless someone else does it first. Gary Blair is a good coach and A&M plays hard for him. They're not the biggest threat to WBB running the table, but they're a threat.

Let's hit the jump for links about this weekend's action and everything else going on in the world of Baylor athletics.

A ton of links tonight so bear with me. I went a little overboard.

The Ladies:

69
BAYLOR
(30-0, 17-0) Rank: #1/1
1ST 2ND F
36 33 69
31 31 62

Box Score | Notes | Photos | Highlights

College Station, Texas • Attendance: 10,265

62
TEXAS A&M
(20-8, 11-6) Rank: #17/11

No. 1 WBB Stays Perfect With 69-62 Win at Texas A&M - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims scored 25 points each and top-ranked Baylor used a late run to hold off No. 17 Texas A&M for a 69-62 win on Monday night.

No. 1 Baylor holds off No. 11 Texas A&M – USATODAY.com
Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims scored 25 points each as Baylor used a late run to hold off Texas A&M 69-62 and remain undefeated.

Baylor Lady Bears vs. Texas A&M Aggies - Recap - February 27, 2012 - ESPN
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey didn't like watching a big first-half lead dwindle with star Brittney Griner on the bench. She was even more troubled when the forward's fourth foul sent her there again in the second half.

Baylor women top A&M, improve to 30-0 - Houston Chronicle
COLLEGE STATION - Baylor center Brittney Griner celebrated the Lady Bears' record-tying 30-0 start with one smooth motion toward taunting Texas A&M fans Monday night. Moments later, a satisfied Griner was singing softly in the tunnel and celebrating with teammates, after the No. 1 Lady Bears toppled the defending national champion Aggies 69-62 before 10,265 fans. Griner and guard Odyssey Sims scored 25 points each in propelling Baylor (30-0, 17-0) to a tie for the best start in Big 12 history (2009-10 Nebraska) - with the icing on the cake being a triumph in the last scheduled meeting between the Lady Bears and Southeastern Conference-bound A&M (20-8, 11-6). The last scheduled showdown - although the powerful programs could meet in next week's Big 12 tournament - featured some memorable moments, the most notable with 3:04 remaining and Baylor clinging to a 63-60 lead.

The Fellas:

48
TEXAS TECH
(8-21, 1-16) Rank: NR/NR
1ST 2ND F
15 33 48
40 37 77

Box Score | Quotes | Notes | AP Photos
Baylor Photos | Highlights | Postgame

Waco, Texas • Attendance: 7,164

77
BAYLOR
(25-5, 12-5) Rank: #9/10

Men's Hoops Notches Senior Night Win Over Texas Tech - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Perry Jones III had 15 points and 10 rebounds, A.J. Walton scored a season-high 13 points and No. 9 Baylor won its home finale 77-48 over Texas Tech on Monday night.

No. 10 Baylor overwhelms Texas Tech - BostonHerald.com
WACO, Texas -- There was nothing left in the tank for Texas Tech on Monday night. Coming off an emotional overtime loss to Texas just two days earlier, the Red Raiders were overwhelmed from the start against No. 9 Baylor in a 77-48 rout inside the Ferrell Center.

NCAA College Basketball Recap - Texas Tech Red Raiders at Baylor Bears - Feb 27, 2012 - CBSSports.com
Perry Jones III had 15 points and 10 rebounds, A.J. Walton scored a season-high 13 points and No. 9 Baylor won its home finale 77-48 over Texas Tech on Monday night.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Baylor Bears - Recap - February 27, 2012 - ESPN
NCAA Men's Basketball Recap: Final statistics from the Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Baylor Bears game played on February 27, 2012

NCAA College Basketball Polls, College Basketball Rankings, NCAA Basketball Polls - ESPN
Latest AP and USA Today college basketball polls on ESPN.com.

Highlights: Baylor 77, Texas Tech 48 - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
No. 10 Baylor jumped out to an early lead and went on to a 77-48 victory.

Baylor Baseball:

2
SAM HOUSTON
(4-4) Rank: NR
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 8 2
0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 X 6 11 0

Box Score | Quotes

Waco, Texas • Attendance: 2,282

6
BAYLOR
(7-2) Rank: #25

Blank Leads Baseball to 7-2 Win vs. SHSU - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Trent Blank pitched 5.0 innings in an emergency start, and No. 25 Baylor's offense jumped out to an early lead as the Bears knocked off Sam Houston State, 6-2, on Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark.

Baylor Softball:

2012 Fairfield Inn North - Texas Shootout
Feb. 24-26 | Waco, Texas | Getterman Stadium (1,230)
TOURNAMENT CENTRAL
vs. UTEP
Fri. | 3 p.m.
vs. SFA
Fri. | 5:30 p.m.
vs. Texas State
Sat. | 3 p.m.
vs. North Texas
Sat. | 5:30 p.m.
vs. TBD
Sun. | TBD

No. 9 Softball Hosts Texas Shootout - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
The No. 9 Baylor softball team (8-1) will host its second tournament of the year, as teams from across Texas will take part in the first annual Fairfield Inn North-Texas Shootout on Feb. 24-26.

RG3 / NFL Draft:

St. Louis Rams executive Kevin Demoff -- Team willing to deal No. 2 NFL draft pick - ESPN- The St. Louis Rams are willing to trade the second overall pick of the April draft.

Where Will Robert Griffin III Land? - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
The COO of the St. Louis Rams shook up the NFL landscape Tuesday by declaring, if I may put this hyperbolically, open season on the Rams' no. 2 overall pick in the draft. We now have a Robert Griffin III bidding war going on. Let's take a look at the RGIII Power Rankings, shall we?

Rams may deal No. 2 pick: Who will get RG3? - CBS News
Robert Griffin III expected to be No. 2 pick; Washington, Miami and Seattle among teams said to be interested in making deal

Burwell: Of course the Rams want to deal
So it turns out the dramatic news flash coming out of the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis last weekend was that your St. Louis Rams are willing to trade the second overall pick in the NFL draft.

Washington Redskins should get Robert Griffin III, no matter what the cost - The Washington Post
The Redskins can finally solve their quarterback problem. They should give the Rams whatever they want for the rights to draft the Heisman Trophy winner.

Miami Dolphins should sacrifice to get Robert Griffin III - Greg Cote - MiamiHerald.com
What better time than on Leap Day to exhort the Dolphins to make the leap and take a chance. This is the year for this conservative franchise and its leaders to do something out of character. This is the time for Miami to be daring and creative and not run scared from the idea that trading away future draft picks is blasphemy.

Video: Robert Griffin III aces NFL Network whiteboard test
Heisman Trophy winner's deft touch with reporters and ease in conducting interviews with teams have overshadowed his considerable physical skills.

Robert Griffin III's combine performance makes No. 2 NFL Draft pick a valuable one - Peter King - SI.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- I met with both star quarterbacks at the combine Saturday night and came away impressed, as anyone would be. Anyone. It's impossible to not like Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin III. Luck is humble; you can tell he's uneasy saying nice things about himself, or things designed to paint him as the Next Big Thing in the NFL. Griffin's humble too, but charismatically so; he has no problem telling you anything you want to know about him.

Recruiting:

Texas, Baylor lead Lone Star programs stockpiling local recruits - More Sports - SI.com

"There are 11 Division I-A football teams in the state of Texas [UT San Antonio and Texas State will make it 12 this fall], so there are a lot of choices for those players to stay in state and allow their parents and the people who are kin to them stay and watch them play," said Baylor coach Art Briles. "And you'll play a high brand of football. There's no reason to jump out of your backyard when you've got everything you need in it."