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Daily Bears Report 1/21/17

Baylor Basketball Today, Track & Field News, Talk Show on Football 2017

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Today’s Events

Baylor Lady Bears Basketball

  • The No. 2/2 Baylor Lady Bears (18-1, 7-0) will play their seventh ranked opponent of the season in No. 24/23 West Virginia (15-4, 3-4) on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. (CT) inside the Ferrell Center. From Baylor Bears dot com.

This afternoon’s matchup is the We Back Pat game, which is held annually to support the Pat Summitt Foundation and Alzheimer's Awarness. The Lady Bears and their family members will also be recognized at halftime as a part of Family Day.

The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net (FSN). Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) will call the action. Live audio is also available on the Baylor Sports Network, IMG College and ESPN 1660 AM in Waco. Rick May (play-by-play) and Lori Fogelman (analyst) are on the call.

  • The Bears have won 15 consecutive games since suffering a 72-61 setback at UConn on Nov. 17. BU is coming off a 68-42 victory against Iowa State on Wednesday. BU has a +35.1 scoring margin in Big 12 games, while its closest victory was a 23-point win over TCU on Jan. 11. From WVU Sports dot com.

The Bears lead the nation in 11 categories and are in the top-10 in eight others. Among those leading categories includes scoring offense (91.3 points per game), scoring margin (+41.7) and field goal percentage defense (28.0 percent).

Alexis Jones paces Baylor with 14.6 points, 44 3-pointers and is second on the team with 84 assists. Kalani Brown is averaging 13.9 points per game and is third nationally with a 69.2 field goal percentage (108-of-156). Other double-figure scorers include Nina Davis (11.9 ppg) and Alexis Prince (10.6 ppg).

“It’s a different team, a different time,” WVU coach Mike Carey said. “Last year, we were a lot deeper coming off the bench. We can match them off the bench. This year we don’t. We usually do matchup with them because of our style of play and their style of play. They just keep coming off the bench. We don’t have that luxury right now.”

Baylor Man Bears Basketball

  • No. 6 Baylor travels to Fort Worth to face TCU at 7 p.m. CT Saturday on ESPNU. • A win vs. TCU would give Baylor its best-ever record through 19 games and its best record through 7 Big 12 games. The best previous records are 17-2 (2011-12) and 5-2 (1998, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2016). • Saturday is the 180th series meeting – BU leads 98-81, including a 40-40 mark in Fort Worth.
  • After a highly successful 13-year run at Pittsburgh, some college basketball observers were surprised when Jamie Dixon decided to return to his alma mater to coach a TCU program that hadn’t made the NCAA tournament since 1998. From BearsExtra.

Dixon is one of the most respected coaches in the nation after leading Pittsburgh to 11 NCAA tournament berths, including three Sweet 16 appearances and an Elite Eight run.

But Dixon saw a chance to lift the Horned Frogs’ basketball fortunes. The former all-Southwest Conference guard was impressed how TCU had transformed old Daniel-Meyer Coliseum into Schollmaier Arena with a $72 million reconstruction project.

He was convinced that TCU chancellor Victor Boschini and athletic director Chris Del Conte were invested in making basketball viable.

“I believed in them and they believed in me, and that’s the most important thing,” said Dixon, who led the Horned Frogs to SWC titles in 1986-87. “We’re not where we need to be, but I know we’re going to get there. I know TCU history and we’re not going to let this chance slip away being in the Big 12. We’re going to do everything to take advantage of the opportunity.”

Dixon’s return has already paid dividends as the Horned Frogs are 14-4 overall and 3-3 in the Big 12 heading into Saturday’s 7 p.m. game against No. 6 Baylor at Schollmaier Arena.

  • Men’s basketball is unquestionably the most transient of college sports.One-and-done NBA-bound players are common at powerhouses like Kentucky, North Carolina and Duke. With only five starting positions available on the court, transfers are also a major part of the culture. From BearsExtra.

All these factors make it difficult for coaches to put experienced teams on the floor.

But Baylor coach Scott Drew’s team is an exception. All five Baylor starters are upperclassmen including senior guard Ish Wainright, junior forwards Johnathan Motley and Jo Lual-Acuil, and junior guards Manu Lecomte and Al Freeman.

That abundance of experience is a big reason why the Bears reached No. 1 for the first time in school history last week. Now ranked No. 6, Baylor matched its best start in school history at 17-1 with its 74-64 win over Texas on Tuesday at the Ferrell Center.

While Wainright is the only senior on the squad, all four starting juniors have redshirted and are in their fourth season of college basketball. Both Motley and Freeman redshirted when they arrived at Baylor as freshmen in 2013 while Lecomte redshirted last year under NCAA transfer rules after playing two seasons at Miami.

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Bears Look to Continue Winning Ways against TCU | The Baylor Lariat, The Baylor Bears basketball team look to feed off of an impressive win against Texas on Tuesday when they travel to Fort Worth to take on TCU this Saturday night.

College Sports: Is TCU-Baylor set to become a bitter rivalry on the basketball court, too? | SportsDay, Get news, scores and schedules on the Dallas Cowboys, Mavericks, Stars, and Texas College & High-School Football teams from the Dallas Morning News.

Baylor-TCU Preview and Prediction - Our Daily Bears, The Bears face the best TCU squad in the Big 12 era

No. 6 Baylor bounces back in Big 12, now to surprising TCU - Herald-Whig -, Sixth-ranked Baylor has rebounded with consecutive wins in the Big 12 after losing its first game as a No. 1 team, and now goes to surprising TCU.

TCU seeks win over Baylor to highlight turnaround season | The Star-Telegram, TCU has reached several milestones under men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon. But the Horned Frogs still seek their first victory over a Top 25 opponent, and Baylor provides that opportunity Saturday in Fort Worth.

TCU searches for signature win vs. No. 6 Baylor (Jan 21, 2017) | FOX Sports, TCU needs a signature win, while Baylor needs to keep winning to stay within striking distance of perennial Big 12-leader Kansas.

Immortal Ten Bridge Dedication Ceremony - Round Rock, TX

In honor of the 90th anniversary of the tragic accident that claimed the lives of 10 Baylor students in 1927, the City of Round Rock will host a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the City Hall Council Chambers, 221 E. Main St. in Round Rock. From Baylor dot edu.

At the ceremony, Round Rock will dedicate the newly named “Immortal Ten Bridge,” located on Mays Street in downtown Round Rock over the railroad tracks where the collision between bus and train took place. The bridge, originally built in 1935, has been updated with green and gold striping, green light poles and plaques to honor the students who were killed in the collision.

“The story of the Immortal Ten is such a monumental piece of history that will always tie the City of Round Rock and Baylor University together,” said Courtney Ainsworth, downtown manager for the City of Round Rock. “Our Mayor Alan McGraw wanted to ensure that the city dedicated something of proper significance to memorialize the Immortal Ten.”

The dedication ceremony will feature the history and the ties between Round Rock and Baylor with speakers to represent both entities, followed by a balloon release.

To RSVP, email downtown@roundrocktexas.gov or call 512-218-5403.

“We are honored to memorialize such an important piece of history with family members of the Immortal Ten, Baylor alumni and Round Rock citizens,” Ainsworth said.

Man Bears Basketball Managers Go Viral

You’ve heard of DudePerfect, right? From an epic swish from the upper deck of Kyle Field, those dudes built an empire around the art of the trick shot.It remains to be seen whether the Baylor men’s basketball managers will one day have their own such conglomerate, but they’ve recently made national waves with some trick shot artistry of their own. From BearsExtra.

A group of the team’s managers created a video in which they made a variety of trick shots from throughout the Ferrell Center. The real trick? They weren’t shooting at the basket, but rather bouncing balls into the ball rack.

After the managers posted the video to social media — they have their own Twitter account, @AllinBUmanagers — it spread like wildfire, and “went viral,” as the kids say. That even led to two of the managers, Spencer Smith and Vanguard graduate Drew Mastin, being interviewed on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” on Thursday morning.

Much like DudePerfect, the video — which includes shots of the guys bouncing a ball off the wall, rolling it down the tarp over the team tunnel and an inventive, incredible shot where they rolled the ball down the stairs from the upper deck of the arena — required multiple attempts. Just how many? They told ESPN that the down-the-stairs shot encompassed about six hours over the course of two days.

“I’m probably most proud of the stairs one, just because it took so long,” Smith said. “I got pretty frustrated in the middle of doing it. But I got a hot streak, so I kept going and finally made it.”

Managers don’t normally get such attention, so they’re enjoying their 15 minutes of fame. They’ve even hinted at a possible sequel.

Maybe the managers were destined to such greatness. Back at Vanguard, Mastin’s classmates voted him “Most likely to be seen on ESPN.”

Football

Baylor Bears 2017 Outlook / Matt Rhule - From Today’s U

Track & Field

Baylor’s track and field athletes won three events and set a school record and current No. 1 collegiate time to open the Rod McCravy Memorial Friday at Nutter Field House. From BearsExtra.

Senior pole vaulter Annie Rhodes tied her own indoor school record and won the event title with a best clearance of 14-51/4. Rhodes had to wait almost two hours before her first attempt, after passing on the opening seven bars of the competition. She proceeded to clear her opening bar on the first attempt, before taking three jumps to make the next height. Rhodes then cleared her winning bar on her first attempt.

To close out the night, the women’s distance medley relay claimed another event title and set the NCAA’s top time for the current indoor season with a mark of 11:12.39. Alison Andrews-Paul led-off for the Bears and was followed by Kiana Hawn, Aaliyah Miller and Maggie Montoya with the final three legs having to run alone in front.

The Bears cleaned up in the 600-yard run. Senior newcomer Zak Curran won the event in 1:10.23, but he was followed closely by Caleb Dickson (2nd, 1:11.30) and Brandon Moore (3rd, 1:12.03).

The meet continues Saturday.

  • Baylor's track and field athletes produced three event wins, including a school record and current No. 1 collegiate time to open the Rod McCravy Memorial Friday at Nutter Field House. From Baylor Bears dot com.

Senior pole vaulter Annie Rhodes tied her own indoor school record and won the event title with a best clearance of 14-5.25 [4.40m]. Rhodes had to wait almost two hours before her first attempt, after passing on the opening seven bars of the competition. She proceeded to clear her opening bar on the first attempt, before taking three jumps to make the next height. Rhodes then cleared her winning bar on her first attempt. She moved to 14-9 [4.50m] as the final competitor in the field, but was unable to clear that.

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Tennis

  • Baylor women’s tennis kicks off its dual-match season with a double-header on Sunday, Jan. 22, at Hurd Tennis Center. The Lady Bears begin with a 12 p.m. (CT) dual-match against UTRGV and conclude play against McNeese State at 3:30 p.m. From Baylor Bears dot com.

“It’s exciting to start a new season, but every year there are challenges,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “Right now, we’re trying to get our team mentally and emotionally prepared for the grind of a collegiate season. We want to get their minds right and get them ready to compete.”

The team will host Baylor Cub Tennis, for children 11 years-old and younger, at 2:30 p.m. Children wanting to participate should wear athletic clothing and shoes. Tennis equipment will be provided.

The Lady Bears have won 12-straight dual-match season openers, and are 12-2 (.857) under Scrivano in dual-match season openers.

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The 22nd-ranked Baylor men's tennis team will open its 2017 dual-match season by welcoming Incarnate Word (1 p.m.) and Grand Canyon (6 p.m.) to the Hurd Tennis Center on Saturday. From Baylor Bears dot com.

"We have a great vibe on this team," head coach Matt Knoll said. "I would say it is as close of team as we have had in a long time. This year we have seven really good players. We feel like we are going to be back at our level. It is fun to be ranked lower than we deserve to be, so we will get a chance to prove it."

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