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Daily Bears Report 1/29/17 - Baylor Football Recruiting Ranks No. 33 Nationally

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Basketball wins close road game, again. Equestrian downs Georgia. Tennis victories. And the Lady Bears play today.

NCAA Football: Cactus Bowl-Boise State vs Baylor Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s Events

Tennis

With a three-set singles win from freshman Constantin Frantzen, the 21st-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team captured a 4-3 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M Saturday to open the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

With the match tied at three points apiece, Frantzen clinched a 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3 triumph over Valentin Vacherot at the No. 6 spot to give the Bears the winning point.

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Former Baylor All American John Peers wins first Grand Slam crown.

John Peers ended his home country's Australian Open title drought, as he and Henri Kontinen ousted six-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 7-5, 7-5 on Saturday at Melbourne Park

The reigning ATP Finals champions took the inside track in returning to The O2 in London, claiming their first Grand Slam title together and improving to an impressive 6-1 in tour-level finals. They dropped just one set en route to the title, edging the Bryans behind 12 aces and three breaks of serve after one hour and 14 minutes.

For Kontinen, it was his maiden major crown in his first final, while Peers lifted his first trophy in his third title match. He previously finished runner-up alongside Jamie Murray at Wimbledon 2015 and the US Open 2015.

"It is an amazing feeling," Peers, who became the first Australian doubles champion at Melbourne Park since Todd Woodbridge in 2001, said. "I was looking through some of the names on the trophy. To be alongside some of the guys and idols I looked up to in the past is something that hasn't sunk in yet. To be able to do that and be a part of what Australian legacy has been with tennis is something I was dreaming of as a child. To be able to do it and hopefully continue to do that is something I will continue to work towards.

"It's a humbling experience and something that I'll never take for granted because, to be able to get here is one step, but to be able to continue to do things in the game, you have to continue to work. You can never settle for what we've done. You've got to continue to work, improve our individual games, and the team will grow with that."

In one season at Baylor, Peers racked up a 38-6 mark in doubles play, while being named All-Big 12 in singles and doubles. He partnered with Roberto Maytin to be an ITA All-American in doubles. The duo finished the season ranked No. 5 in the country and advanced to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals.

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Equestrian

No. 2 Baylor equestrian (8-2, 2-1 Big 12) downed the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs (4-4, 1-2 SEC), 10-7, on Saturday afternoon at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.

Coming just two days after an 11-9 road win over TCU, the Bears looked sharp yet again, pushing the team’s regular season home winning streak to 25 meets.

Savannah Jenkins’ MOP on the flat was the third-consecutive competition where the senior took home honors in the event.

Baylor hosts No. 5 Oklahoma State on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Willis Family Equestrian Center, the final regular season conference competition for the Bears.

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Men’s Basketball

Scott Drew’s shooty hoops squad squeaked out a close one in Oxford. Kendall Kaut of Our Daily Bears has this story.

This was a grueling win over an Ole Miss team that played about as well as they will all season. The Rebels’ Sebastain Saiz scored the first eight points for Ole Miss, and finished with 20.

Throughout much of the game, it seemed like Ole Miss would pull off the upset. The Bears trailed 42-35 at halftime. Ole Miss entered the game 297th in turnover percentage on KenPom, they had just one turnover in the first half. Baylor had 10.

The AP via Baylor Bears dot com reports that:

Manu Lecomte scored 17 points, Johnathan Motley and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. each added 16 and No. 5 Baylor rallied to beat Mississippi 78-75 on Saturday in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge.

Baylor (20-1) rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half to win its fifth straight game. The Bears trailed 50-40 early in the second half, but pushed ahead to take their first lead at 56-54 with 10:25 left after Motley made a pair of free throws.

It was a close game from that point forward. Lecomte hit a decisive 3-pointer with 23 seconds left that made it 78-72 and sent many of the Ole Miss fans to the exits.

Bears rally for 78-75 win over Ole Miss - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Men's Basketball, OXFORD, Miss. — No. 5 Baylor knew it was dangerous to step out of the Big 12 grind to play Mississippi on the road as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Ole Miss falters late in loss to No. 5 Baylor, The Rebels led by as many as 15, but fifth-ranked Baylor stormed back in the second half.

DI Men's Basketball: Baylor comes back to beat Ole Miss, Baylor trailed by 15 points in the first half, but came back to take down Ole Miss 78-75. Manu Lecomte knocked down 5 three-pointers to lead Baylor with 17 points.

No. 5 Baylor rallies to down Ole Miss - UPI.com, The Ole Miss Rebels put themselves in position to upset fifth-ranked Baylor, but Bears guard Manu Lecomte buried that idea in the final minute at Oxford, Miss.

Lady Bears Basketball

Baylor women’s basketball will be in the Ferrell Center in Waco, TX today to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. This is the first time the Lady Bears have faced the Sooners this season.

The Lady Bears, who are averaging an NCAA leading scoring margin of 39.9 points per game were surprised in their last home game by West Virginia who played Baylor close into the final minute, losing only by 6 to the Lady Bears, 79-73. The Lady Bears did go on the road afterward and down Kansas State 91-49 in Manhattan this last Wednesday.

Says Kansas State Senior Guard Karyla Middlebrook on Baylor’s scoring margin: “It is just discouraging whenever you see the scoreboard and it is that big of a gap regardless of how many points I personally have.”

Says Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey, “Its not about personal records for our girls, its about the team and almost everyone had double digit minutes.”

Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Game

"I don't think her teammates know what all she has to deal with," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said of the 6-foot-4 freshman forward from Flower Mound, Texas. "But, I sure made her pull her shirt up and show everybody her insulin and all that stuff, because heck what if that things falls out in the middle of a game."

"It's happened before," Cox says.

"I'm sure it's frustrating for her," Mulkey said, "but for all of us, it's new."

Cox's message, though, is one of hope. That's the statement she wants to make when the second-ranked Lady Bears (20-1, 9-0) host No. 20 Oklahoma (16-5, 7-2) for the Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Game at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ferrell Center.

"Sunday is really important to me just to show kids that they can do whatever they want, regardless of the disease," said Cox, the 2016 WBCA High School National Player of the Year, who is averaging 9.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. "I know that with some kids, their doctors will tell them you have to watch what you do. I just want them to know that they can do whatever they want, regardless of whether they have Type 1 diabetes or not."

  • Lauren Cox’s parents didn’t need much, if any, of a primer on Baylor’s program when it came time for their daughter, the nation’s No. 1 high school basketball recruit, to choose a college in 2015.Their own research and knowledge of the game – both her father, Dennis, and mother, Brenda, are former college basketball players – told them mostly what they needed to know. From Bears Extra.

One of the catches to landing the 6-foot-4 forward from Flower Mound would come in a curveball of a question from Brenda Cox to Baylor coach Kim Mulkey during the in-home visit.

And it was something that Mulkey, in almost two decades at Baylor, had likely never heard.

Brenda Cox wanted to know what Mulkey would do if Baylor was playing for a championship and Lauren, a Type 1 diabetic since she was seven years old, was playing well but her blood-sugar levels were bad.

Mulkey didn’t hesitate.

“She doesn’t play,” she told them.

In typical Mulkey fashion, those words have quickly turned into actions with Cox, who comes off the bench and averages 9.7 points and 4.9 rebounds for No. 2 Baylor (20-1, 9-0 Big 12) headed into Sunday’s game at the Ferrell Center against No. 20 Oklahoma (16-5, 7-2).

That’s because Baylor’s third straight game against a ranked opponent will serve as Cox’s first opportunity to use basketball as a platform for something bigger when it comes to her disease – something Mulkey has encouraged her to do all season – with Baylor hosting Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Night.

Fans will be able to interact with Cox, only the second No. 1 recruit to sign with Baylor after Brittney Griner 2009, on the court after the game.

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Football Recruiting

Most people consider Baylor’s epic rally from a 21-point deficit to pull off a 61-58 win over TCU in 2014 as the greatest fourth-quarter comeback in school history. From BearsExtrta.

The Bears are in the final stages of the off-the-field equivalent of that comeback by nailing down 20 verbal commitments (and counting) in the 2017 class since Dec. 28.

When Baylor hired Matt Rhule from Temple in early December, the football program had just one recruit: Stafford defensive back Jalen Pitre. While many other top-rated recruits bailed, he’s the only Baylor recruit who held to his commitment after Art Briles was fired last May.

But beginning with Houston Lamar safety Trevon Lewis’ commitment on Dec. 28, the Bears have arguably made the greatest one-month haul in school history heading into Wednesday’s Feb. 1 national signing day.

Now with 21 commitments, the Bears have gone from a nearly non-existent class to No. 33 nationally in the latest Rivals.com recruiting rankings.

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