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Daily Bears Report 1/14/17

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Baylor Athletics Update - Friday the 13th

Track and Field

  • On the opening day of the 2017 indoor season, the Baylor track and field team had a pair of runner-up finishes at the Texas A&M Team Invitational Friday at Gilliam Indoor Track and Field Stadium. From Baylor Bears dot com.

In the women’s distance medley relay, the BU crew of Alison Andrews-Paul, Kaitlynn Lindsey, Maggie Montoya and Lindsey Bradley posted a time of 11:33.64 for second place behind Texas (11:33.55) and ahead of Texas A&M (11:33.89).

Jordan West was the lone individual competitor on the day, placing second in the 5,000-meters with a time of 15:12.38.

The men’s distance medley crew of Matthew Parham, Robert Dutton, Brandon Moore and TJ Sugg finished fourth with a time of 10:10.10, which is only 3.43 seconds slower than the time BU ran at last year’s Big 12 Indoor Championship.

Made up of all freshman, the BU women’s ‘b’ DMR crew of Anna West, Emma Bakke, Gabby Satterlee and Sydney Gandy finished sixth with a time of 12:26.66.

“It was a very good opening evening. We got some very nice things accomplished with the three DMRs that we ran and Jordan ran a very nice opener in the 5k.” - head coach Todd Harbour on the first day of competition

On Saturday, the action at the Texas A&M Team Invitational will continue with field events beginning at noon and track prelims starting at 12:30 p.m. The finals for track events will start at 2 p.m.

Live results from the competition can be accessed on BaylorBears.com with a full recap to follow. SEC Network + will have coverage of the Saturday events, which is available digitally on the WatchESPN app.

To stay current on all things Baylor Track, follow the team on Twitter: @BaylorTrack.

Baylor Women’s Tennis

Baylor Men’s Tennis

Baylor men's tennis players went 6-2 in singles action on the first day of the Sherwood Collegiate Cup Friday at the Sherwood Country Club. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The schedule of play was changed due to delays caused by inclement weather. Instead of two singles matches and one doubles round being played, each player had one singles match and then two rounds of doubles action were held.

In the opening round of the 32-man singles draw, 44th-ranked Max Tchoutakian took out Stanford’s David Wilczynski, 6-1, 6-3. Meanwhile, freshman Bjoern Petersen recorded a 6-4, 7-6(0) upset of UCLA’s 87-ranked Maxime Cressy.

Constantin Frantzen (7-5, 6-3), Juan Benitez (6-3, 6-3) and Johannes Schretter (6-0, 6-0) all won in straight sets over Jake DeVine (USC), Robbie Bellamy (USC) and Nikita Demir (Stanford), respectively.

The only three-set match of the day for BU was a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 triumph for Will Little over USC’s Henry Ji. Two Bears lost their opening round singles match. First, 81st-ranked Jimmy Bendeck fell short 6-4, 6-4 against Evan Zhu of UCLA, while Tyler Stayer dropped a 6-2, 6-1 decision to Logan Staggs of UCLA.

In doubles action, the BU tandem of Little and Schretter recorded the upset of the day with a 6-4 win over top-seeded and 15th-ranked Yale Goldberg and Sammer Kumar of Stanford. However, the two Bears than went on to lose in the quarterfinal round, 7-5, to UCLA’s Ben Goldberg and Logan Staggs.

Two of Baylor’s doubles pairings advanced to the tournaments semifinal round. First, Benitez and Tchoutakian took care of USC’s David Laser and Laurens Verboven, 6-2, in the opening round. Next, Benitez and Tchoutakian power past Brandon Sutter and David Wilczynski of Stanford, 6-3, to be one of only four doubles team left undefeated.

One of those other remaining three undefeated duos is Frantzen and Petersen, who got an opening round bye, before slipping past USC’s Jack Jaede and Thibault Forget, 7-6(4).

Baylor’s final doubles team of Bendeck and Stayer suffered a 6-3 setback to USC’s Robbie Bellamy and Jake DeVine in the opening round.

Singles consolation play starts at 10 a.m. CT with main draw singles action beginning at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday.

For more information on the Baylor men's tennis team all season long, follow the team's official Twitter and Instagram account: @BaylorMTennis.

Man Bears Basketball

  • No. 1 Baylor plays at No. 25 Kansas State at 3:30 p.m. CT Saturday on ESPNU. Baylor climbed to No. 1 in Monday's AP Top 25, marking the first No. 1 ranking in program history. BU's climb from unranked in week 1 to No. 1 in week 9 was the fastest by any team in AP Top 20/25 history. BU is one of four teams to reach the No. 1 spot after being unranked in the AP preseason top 20/25. BU looks to start 4-1 in Big 12 play for the 6th time in league history (1998, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2016).
  • ODB’s Kendall_Kaut has this: Baylor-Kansas State Preview and Prediction.

Bears in NFL

Williams and the Cowboys earned the NFC's No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 13-3 regular season record and will open up the postseason hosting the Green Bay Packers Sunday at 3:40 p.m. CT on FOX. Williams had 44 catches for 594 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season for the Cowboys.

Bryant and Atlanta are also kicking off their postseason this weekend after securing the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye with an 11-5 record. The Falcons will host the Seattle Seahawks Saturday at 3:35 p.m. CT on FOX. Bryant had another stellar regular season, connecting on 34-of-37 field goals (91.9 %, long of 59) and was 56-of-57 (98.2%) on extra points.

Weeks' Texans are coming off a 27-14 victory over Oakland on wild card weekend and will take on the New England Patriots Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. The game kicks off at 7:15 p.m. CT on CBS. Weeks and Houston won the AFC South division championship with a 9-7 regular season record.

Also on wild card weekend, Xavien Howard had three tackles and an interception, but his Miami Dolphins fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 30-12.

Demetri Goodson of the Green Bay Packers is on the injured reserve and will not be playing the rest of this season. Former Bears featured on playoff practice squads are Rico Gathers (Dallas), Antwan Goodley (Green Bay), and Blake Muir (Atlanta).

Keep up with Baylor football, including NFL Bears, year-round by following @BUFootball on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.