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Daily Bears Report 11/21

Battle for Atlantis is heating up.

NCAA Basketball: Florida Gulf Coast at Baylor Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

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News and Opinion

Q&A with Bears For Leadership Reform. By the WacoTrib.

Now Bears for Leadership Reform, made up of high-profile donors and alumni, demands not only a full report of Pepper Hamilton findings (rather than the mere board outline released last spring) but also significant changes in protocol to ensure future transparency and accountability of Baylor regents. In this Nov. 10 Trib editorial board Q&A, Bears for Leadership Reform leaders — Houston attorney and prominent Baylor donor John Eddie Williams (for whom the football field at McLane Stadium is named), former Texas Gov. Mark White and former regent Emily Tinsley — all Baylor alumni — discuss the group’s aims and goals, as well as the contempt and indifference with which they say they’ve been greeted by Baylor regents.

To Bowl or not to Bowl, that is the question that John Werner of the WacoTrib explores in this article. From BearsExtra.

Following Baylor’s fourth straight loss, much of the postgame speculation centered on whether the team should accept a bowl invitation.

Both nickelback Travon Blanchard and linebacker Aiavion Edwards were emphatic when asked if they want to play in a bowl regardless of what happens the rest of the season.

“For sure,” Blanchard said. “We worked hard to get to that bowl game. We understand we have two regular season games and this bowl game, we’re very excited.”

Baylor needs to listen to the players on this one.

They’ve been bowl eligible for more than a month. If they want to go to a bowl game, let them.

Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades likes the idea of rewarding the players with a bowl trip, but he said on Sunday a final decision hasn’t yet been made.

Basketball’s “Battle for Atlantis” is Heating Up

What to know about the Battle for Atlantis. From the Courier Journal.

Louisville, rated 12th in Nov. 14's AP and coaches polls, is the highest-ranked team in the field. No. 13 Michigan State is next. And both VCU and Wichita State received votes in the most recent national polls. The field also includes Baylor, LSU, Old Dominion and St. John's.

No. 12 Louisville tops Long Beach State to open Battle 4 Atlantis tourney. From Channel 4000 dot com.

No. 12 Louisville opened the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament with a bang with a 32-point win over Long Beach State on Thursday at Louisville's KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals (3-0) used an 18-0 first-half run to blow the game open before closing out an 88-56 victory.

Deep Shocker roster continues it’s November destruction. From The Wichita Eagle.

The Shockers do up the ante with competition this week in the Battle for Atlantis in the Bahamas, starting with a first-round game Wednesday morning against LSU (3-0).

Louisville, Old Dominion, Michigan State, St. John’s, Baylor and VCU are also in the field, with a combined 21-3 record including LSU and WSU.

Finally, competition. At least one would think.

“We’ve accomplished our first team goal to be 4-0 heading into the Bahamas, where the competition will be stiff,” Marshall said. “We know that and we’re looking forward to that challenge.”

Hoops Takes Care of UNF; 3-0 Heading To Atlantis. From LSU Sports dot net.

Four LSU players combined for 67 points as the Tigers ran their record to 3-0 heading to next week’s Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas with a 78-70 win over North Florida Friday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

No quick fixes for the bevy of issues facing Michigan State. From Mlive dot com.

What was supposed to be a buy game as part of the Battle 4 Atlantis nearly turned into a nightmare.

Michigan State was taken to the brink by Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday before surviving in a 78-77 win that came with a dash of controversy.