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The Bears are in the Bahamas!

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

Baylor takes on VCU in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis at 1:30. The game airs on ESPN2.

VCU is a tough opening challenge for the Bears. VCU is 3-0 and ranked 34 on KenPom. KenPom gives the Bears a 55% chance to win.

With so many teams in the tournament, here’s the bracket that explains when and who Baylor could play:

The Bears challenge will be dealing with VCU’s strong defense. The Rams are 18th on KenPom. They aren’t turning people over as often as they did in the days of Shaka Smart (reminder Texas football lost to Kansas), but they are above average in about every defensive category.

If the game is close, Many Lecomte will need to be accurate late like he was against Florida Gulf Coast:

We’ll try to do a few Facebook lives this week to discuss hoops.

Good luck to the Bears!