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Lady Bears breeze past Kansas State 87-57. Men’s basketball begins conference play today.

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We Still Suck

In this Hype Video, Baylor Bear senior leader Ishmail Wainright of the men’s basketball team says we may be 12-0 but “We still suck.”

PROVE THEM WRONG - A Baylor Basketball Hype Video - Posted by Matthew M.

Today’s Event

Men's Basketball, at Oklahoma, 6:00 PM, Listen, Watch on ESPN2

Athletic Site Links: Baylor Bears dot com and Sooner Sports dot com.

Man Bears Basketball

But the Bears aren’t wearing their resume on their chests heading into the Big 12 opener against Oklahoma at 6 p.m. Friday at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.

They know they must stay humble as they jump into the 18-game Big 12 grind.

“I don’t think we’re No. 4 in the country,” said Baylor senior forward Ish Wainright. “We’re 0-0. We have a chip on our shoulders. We’re going to have a chip on our shoulders until we cut down the nets at the end of the year. And that’s our goal. That’s everybody’s goal.”

But Baylor coach Scott Drew said nonconference performances don’t matter much once Big 12 play begins. Big 12 teams will be better prepared than nonconference opponents because they know each other so well.

“One thing about conference is you put records aside,” Drew said. “You know each other’s tendencies, so you’re scouted better than in nonconference. The great thing about our conference is you play everybody twice and have a true champion, and you can make adjustments after the first go-round.”

  • Before the season began, Baylor coach Scott Drew took a look at his team’s nonconference schedule and shook his head a bit. From FoxSports.

“Yeah, who made that?” Drew joked at Big 12 Media Day when he looked over a schedule that included games against Oregon and Xavier plus a tournament that led to games against Michigan State and Louisville.

More than two months later, Drew can’t quite exhale yet as a conference schedule featuring a double round-robin in the top RPI conference in college basketball awaits his Bears, but the strong early season schedule has paid off.

The Bears have been boosted by the improvement of forward Johnathan Motley, who is averaging 16 points per game after averaging 11.1 last season as a sophomore.

“I think he’s a guy that’s probably as productive as anyone in the league right now,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said.

While the Bears have soared not only due to Motley’s emergence but the addition of 7-foot junior college transfer Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. on the interior. Lual-Acuil is averaging 10.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.1 blocks.

That could be a problem for Oklahoma, which hasn’t had much production from its inside players to this point.

Lady Bears Basketball

Kalani Brown scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the way. Story by Baylor Bear Foundation’s Jerry Hill from Baylor Bears dot com.

During his tenure at both TCU and Kansas State, Jeff Mittie has seen great Baylor teams. Squads that went on to win conference and national championships and make deep postseason runs.

But watching Baylor coach Kim Mulkey sending in waves and waves of talented players, he walked away from his team's 87-57 loss to the Lady Bears in Thursday's Big 12 opener impressed with how deep this year's team is.

Sophomore post Kalani Brown recorded her second straight double-double and fourth of the year with 22 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks as the Lady Bears (12-1, 1-0) won their 10th in a row since a loss at Connecticut six weeks ago.

"I thought our post players were dominant, all of them," Mulkey said. "I was concerned with the 12-day layoff about being slow and lethargic. And we certainly weren't at our best. But, we have enough depth to get them in, get them out. And being able to play all of them valuable minutes, including the freshman, is just going to make us better."

  • The Kansas State women opened up Big 12 Conference play with a tough assignment: facing No. 3 Baylor on the road. From the Kansas City Star.

K-State tried to play catch-up all game on Thursday night but never managed to get close after a tough first quarter. The Wildcats fell to Baylor 87-57.

Kindred Wesemann scored 16 points for K-State, 10-3 overall and 0-1 in the Big 12. The Wildcats, who have lost three of their last four games, will play host to West Virginia on Sunday.

Breanna Lewis had 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds for K-State, and Karyla Middlebrook scored 13 before fouling out in the fourth quarter. No other Wildcats player scored more than three points.

Baylor broke open a close game with a 13-2 run over the final 4:20 of the first quarter and was never challenged again.

Even without scoring, Kalani Brown set the tone for No. 3 Baylor on its first offensive possession of the game. From Fox Sports.

Brown pulled down two offensive rebounds on that trip, scored the next time down and dominated the rest of the night. She finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Lady Bears cruised past Kansas State 87-57 on Thursday to open Big 12 Conference play.

”I was just going to the offensive boards and being aggressive on both ends of the floor,” Brown said. ”Coming off the (14-day) layoff, I wanted to show I wasn’t out of shape.” Continue Reading...

Baylor Continues to Fail to Provide Adequate Title IX Resources?

Defense attorney Michelle Tuegel tells KWTX that there are so many Title IX investigations, that they are lasting much longer than the 60 days recommended by Title IX. KWTX has the report in this video:

A Waco defense attorney says the number of Baylor students accused of Title IX violations she represents has more than doubled. From KWTX TV 10.

Michelle Tuegel says she fears the sexual assault scandal at Baylor may spark more accusations against students, and that they may be denied due process.

"I'm seeing a response that is aggressive and the pendulum has swung in the other direction now,” she said.

“I would hope that we would be cautious about and that we wouldn't forget that just as important as protecting students who could be victims of sexual assault and sexual violence and harassment, we also need to be really cautious…(about) accusing students and not providing them due process."

Baylor is wrong to think the clock will run out on game it's playing with sexual assaults | Editorials | Dallas Morning News , Baylor's board of regents is more determined than ever to run out the clock on calls for a full accounting of the university's sexual assault...