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Daily Bears Report 1/7/17 - Basketball Meets Oklahoma State

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Both the Baylor men’s and women’s basketball teams play Oklahoma State today.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s Events

A Must Read - Between the Lines Making of Today’s DBR

Aside from the fact that I’ve gotten off to a very late start, there’s nothing special about the making of today’s DBR. First, like every day Pinky, I searched the Baylor Bears dot com web site and got the list of today’s events. They have articles listing today’s game preview stats there for both the Lady Bears and the Man Bears. Next I do a YouTube Search for the most recent videos and I came away with nothing of real value.

There is one video where the Cowgirls are getting pretty pumped up about today’s game but other than that there were only 7:00 pm ET live stream links for today’s men’s game that I can’t post here because they are obviously unauthorized since the game is being broadcast on ESPNNews which so many of us fans have no subscription for. Take a look at that most recent videos search link I’ve posted here and you’ll see for yourself - nothing but live streams for the No. 2 ranked team in the Nation.

Well, I’ve bored you enough and I’ve still lots of reading to do to select the best articles for you guys (y’all for those of you who still speak Texan). Like I said, I’ve gotten off to a late start today.

Man Bears

  • When Baylor University’s men’s basketball team rose to the number two spot in the Associated Press top 25 poll last week, it was the loftiest ranking the program had ever reached. From Texas Monthly.

It’s a big deal for the men’s team at Baylor, which has surprised pretty much everyone by rolling through a tough schedule so far, featuring wins over Oregon, Xavier, and Louisville, who were ranked, at the time, fourth, seventh, and tenth, respectively.

That’s quite a comeback for a team that was unranked heading into this season.

If you step back and look at Baylor’s success from a historical, statewide perspective, it becomes even more impressive.

Should Baylor take care of business at home against Oklahoma State on Saturday—the team’s only matchup before the the new poll comes out on Monday—and assume the top rank, they will be the second men’s basketball team from Texas to claim the number one spot.

  • While Baylor was hustling at home to edge out Iowa State on Wednesday night, something happened on a basketball court in another state that made a significant impact on the rest of the No. 2 Bears’ week. From Fox Sports.

When No. 18 Butler protected its home court and handed top-ranked Villanova a 66-58 defeat, it apparently cleared the way for Baylor to claim the No. 1 ranking for the first time in school history. The next set of rankings will be released next week.

The Bears have already ascended from unranked to start the season to the penultimate spot. Along the way, they have defeated top-10-ranked Oregon, Louisville and Xavier, and college hoops power Michigan State. Now Baylor is a step away from the top of the mountain.

  • One of the reasons behind the rapid rise of the Bears is the impressive play of Australian big man Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. From Pick and Roll dot com.

In their last two wins, Lual-Acuil Jr has maintained his consistency and dominance in the paint. He added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the Bears’ 76-50 demolition of Oklahoma in their Big 12 conference opening game. While Lual-Acuil Jr was very good, notably it was his first game of the season that he went without registering a blocked shot.

The junior center would again deliver big time in a thrilling 65-63 victory over Iowa State. The Bears were playing with their highest ever national ranking and would escape with a 2-point win, with the Aussie delivering big-time with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 1 block in 24 minutes as he battled foul trouble.

Lady Bears

  • KWTX TV 10 has a Video Report on today’s game.
  • The conversations started several weeks ago, before the No. 2 Baylor women’s basketball team began Big 12 play. From WacoTrib.

Yes, the Lady Bears opened the Big 12 last year with a loss at Oklahoma State, 52-45. Yes, they finally get a chance for redemption on Saturday afternoon in Stillwater. No, they haven’t forgotten about it.

And despite reeling off 23 straight wins after last year’s loss in Stillwater – Baylor would not lose another game until falling to Oregon State in the Elite Eight – the memories are still fresh.

“They came out and stunned us,” Baylor senior forward Nina Davis said. “We came out and we weren’t ready to play. You can make plenty of excuses as to why that happened, but it was definitely all on us and we don’t want it to happen again.”

  • OSU women's basketball: Cowgirls aim for another home upset against No. 2 Baylor | News OK, STILLWATER — The final buzzer roared in Gallagher-Iba Arena, and the Oklahoma State benched cleared and gathered near center court in a celebratory collision. After 14 consecutive losses to Baylor, the Cowgirls finally earned a victory, 52-45, on Dec. 30, 2015. OSU coach Jim Littell was certainly proud after Brittney Martin scored 26 points with 10 rebounds in the conference opener against the No. 4-ranked team in the country. "The energy, enthusiasm and toughness they showed and played with tonight," Littell said after the game, "It's just a special win for our program." At 2 p.m. Saturday in Stillwater, OSU hosts No. 2 Baylor for the first time since with sights set on a repeat upset. But it won't be
  • Jones, Brown help No. 2 Baylor women rout No. 17 WVU 91-56, Alexis Jones scored 21 points, Kalani Brown had 16 points and 11 rebounds and No. 2 Baylor beat No. 17 West Virginia 91-56 on Wednesday night.

Football

It seems like every single day we talk about the growth of Baylor’s recruiting class, about how Matt Rhule keeps on finding these diamonds in the rough. From Texas HS Football dot com.

Yesterday he got another one, securing the commitment of Abilene’s Abram Smith after Smith decommitted from Tulsa.

Rhule’s squad is going to be very salty in the years to come if he keeps recruiting like this. Smith is viewed as an underrated prospect by many, a bigger back who can bring the hammer down or go around you when necessary.