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Thursday Daily Bears Report: The Big Dance Arriveth

In less than 48 hours, half of the 64 teams currently in the NCAA Tournament will be heading home. Outside of Selection Sunday, the Round of 64 is the greatest dream crusher in American sports. For college basketball fans, this is truly the beginning of the end.

Scott Drew demonstrating the face you'll make when your bracket fails inevitably fails.
Scott Drew demonstrating the face you'll make when your bracket fails inevitably fails.

For two days we've watched eight teams battle their hearts out for a spot in the Round of 64. It is likely that none of them will be left standing after the carnage of the next two days. 32 of 64 teams will pack their bags and head home. The rest will move on to even stiffer competition. Baylor doesn't play until tomorrow, but there's plenty of action today.

March Madness

Best of Today's Carnage (Writer's Picks)

Colorado (8) vs. Pitt (9) at 12:40 p.m. The 8-9 games are usually pretty competitive, and this matchup features an admittedly injury-plagued Colorado team that Baylor beat early in the season before Colorado lost its leading scorer.

Ohio State (6) vs. Dayton (11) at 11:15 a.m. Dayton lived on the bubble late in the season, but seized an 11 seed. The Flyers are very potent on a good day, as they demonstrated in a good loss to Baylor in Maui. Ohio State is a quality basketball team, but this one should be interesting.

Cincinnati (5) vs. Harvard (12) at 1:10 p.m. Come on, who doesn't want to see the Ivy League school beat a solid state university program? Harvard had some spark in last year's tourney, and could be a sleeper in the early rounds.

Texas (7) vs. Arizona State (10) at 8:40 p.m. Texas was the surprise of the Big 12 this year, but has faltered a bit in the past few weeks. A win over a pretty good Arizona State team should give them some momentum moving forward.

Michigan (2) vs. Wofford (15) at 6:10 p.m. After what we did to them during football season, we owe Wofford one. Let's cheer for the Terriers as they take on the Wolverines. After all, everyone loves that big upset, and who better to see it against than a dangerous Big 10 contender?

Pro Day

Baylor football pro day was today, and Baylor's seniors got to show off for scouts from all 32 NFL teams. The results were mostly very positive, with good showings from Lache Seastrunk and the gang, and a huge turnaround by Ahmad Dixon since his lackluster performance at the NFL Combine.

Explains why Morton was able to be such a force in defending the run.

We reportedly had a small but vocal crowd of fans and players on hand and the day had a very energetic atmosphere. K.D. Cannon also spent the day in Waco, per his twitter feed.

Last Call

Women's Tennis Slips Against No. 7 Texas A&M, 4-1 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
The 14th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team fell to No. 7 Texas A&M, 4-1, on Wednesday at the Hurd Tennis Center. Meh.

Odyssey Sims One of Five Finalists for Lieberman Award - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
Senior guard Odyssey Sims (Irving, Texas) has been named a finalist for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award.

Track And Field Opens Outdoor Season At TCU Invitational - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
Following a successful indoor season, the Baylor track and field team will open the 2014 outdoor season with a multitude of athletes competing at the TCU Invitational on Thursday and Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.