Real talk: if you don't know what happened in the game against Oklahoma last night, I'm honestly curious as to why you're reading this. For new readers' sakes, here's last night's postgame report. Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson were great, Royce O'Neale was probably more energetic than you, and the Sooners decided to hit tons of three to make things interesting in the last few minutes. But this is the Daily Bears Report. It's not about what happened yesterday. It's about what's going down today.
What's happening today, you ask?
Shootyhoops is (are?) happening today.
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 4 Iowa State
6 p.m. on ESPNU and Big 12 Network
Kansas escaped a lively Oklahoma State squad yesterday in overtime to continue their march toward a Big 12 Tournament trophy, but an even livelier Iowa State team stands in their way. The Cyclones finished off Kansas State in the early game yesterday and are itching for another shot at the Jayhawks, who defied them twice during the regular season. Kansas has shown signs of vulnerability in Joel Embiid's absence, and scoring machines Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane will look to capitalize. Look out for an exciting semifinal with tons of points.
No. 3 Texas vs. No. 7 Baylor
8:30 p.m. on ESPNU and Big 12 Network
Everyone knows that Baylor is one of the hottest teams in the country right now. Scott Drew teams love to play in March, and if all goes well the Bears will be able to dispatch the Longhorns for a trip to the Big 12 Championship game. Baylor and Texas met two times during the regular season. The game in Waco was a decisive Texas win, but the game in Austin was much more controversial. Questionable officiating and superhuman shooting from Javan Felix delivered Baylor's only loss in the second half of conference play. The key matchup in this game is Baylor's big men versus mammoth Texas center Cameron Ridley. Ridley is huge, surprisingly nimble, and dominates the paint by pushing opponents out of the way with his enormous frame. Did I mention he's big? Watch this basketball game. It's gonna be good.
Other Baylor News
No. 12 SB Set for Five Games at USF Tourney. A pair of Big 10 teams, two AAC squads and UMass out of the Atlantic 10 await No. 12 Baylor at USF's Michele Smith Spring Break Softball Tournament this weekend.
WBB Hosts Watch Party; NCAA Ticket and Appreciation Banquet Info: NCAA Bracket Watch Party; Baylor Hosts NCAA First- and Second-Round Games; Lady Bear Appreciation Banquet
Track And Field Preps For NCAA Indoor Championships. Baylor will travel five student-athletes to Albuquerque, N.M., for the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships, held at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday and Saturday.
Men's Golf Travels to Border Olympics. The Baylor men's golf team is headed to Laredo, Texas, for the Border Olympics hosted by the University of Houston.
Baseball Opens Big 12 Play at Home vs. Texas Tech this Weekend. Baylor baseball begins its Big 12 Conference schedule this weekend as the Bears welcome Texas Tech to Baylor Ballpark. All three games will be televised and are set for 6:30 p.m. CT Friday on FOX College Sports, noon Saturday on FOX Sports 1 and 1 p.m. Sunday on FOX Sports Southwest.
March Madness Highlights
As the conference tournaments grind on, several favorites fall prey to upsets, and a fourth No. 1 seed in the big dance is still completely up for grabs as Seton Hall beat Villanova 64-63 with a buzzer beater.
In a game that fed our sadistic collective subconscious, Louisville beat Rutgers 92-31. If Louisville's starters had failed to score a single point the Cardinals would have still won 32-31. This is shameful, Rutgers. This is what your grandfather refers to as a good ole woodshed-style whuppin'. This was a 2013 Buffalo at Baylor level of whuppin'. Go back to New York and think about your life choices.
The nation's leading scorer, Doug McDermott, decided to go off for a pedestrian 35 points as Creighton beat DePaul 84-62. Sorry, DePaul, but most Cinderella stories don't survive Creighton's whirring point machine of death.
Finally, let's go to Atlanta for the Awful Game of the Day. This matchup featured Big 12 exiles as Missouri beat down Texas A&M in two overtimes to advance to a quarterfinal against No. 1 Florida. The Aggies surged from nine points down to force the extra minutes. The game that every self-respecting basketball fan in America wanted to end just kept going.
Missouri and Texas A&M will continue until morale improves.— Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) March 13, 2014