Two years ago, the Billy W. Williams Golf Practice Facility was nothing more than a dream and a vision of what could be. Story by Baylor Bear Foundation’s Jerry Hill from Baylor Bears dot com.
Saturday afternoon, the dream was realized when the Baylor men's and women's golf teams took their first shots from the 16 ½-acre green oasis of the on-campus practice facility off University Parks Drive, next to the Willis Family Equestrian Center.
"When you have a dream -- until you're actually there -- it's not really reality," men's golf coach Mike McGraw said. "Today is the reality of what Billy (Williams) and I talked about two years ago. We're really excited, and I know Coach (Jay) Goble and I are going to be able to do a lot more with this facility than we would have without it, for sure."
Possible because of the lead gift of the late Billy Williams and his wife Elaine and the support of the entire Williams family, the facility includes a short-game and two putting greens, seven target greens and four separate tee areas.
"You can practice on any golf shot you want from any wind direction," McGraw said. "And when we get a few other things worked out, you're going to have wind breaks out here. On a cool day like today, you can get behind something and practice with the sun shining on you. And it's really quite amazing. It's a dream come true out here."
The last of Baylor's 19 varsity sports with an on-campus facility, the men's and women's golf programs will benefit greatly from the latest addition to an impressive set of new facilities that include McLane Stadium, the Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium, the Williams Family Soccer and Olympic Center and Beauchamp Athletics Nutrition Center.
- As No. 2 Baylor closed out a rugged 61-57 win over Oklahoma State, a packed house of 10,627 fans at the Ferrell Center began chanting “We’re No. 1.” Story by WacoTrib’s John Werner.
All those fans should get their wish when the new Associated Press poll is released Monday.
“As I shared with the players, not many people get a chance to be ranked No. 1 and that’s a great honor,” Drew said. “Baylor Nation deserves it because they helped us get here. We’re glad to make them proud and happy and it gave them something to be excited about. But big picture, we know no one is going to remember who is ranked No. 1 the first week of January.”
(Famous OBF quote: ‘In other words, “We still suck.”’)
With Johnathan Motley recording 13 points and 10 rebounds and Manu Lecomte hitting 17 points, the Bears improved to 15-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big 12 by winning a brutal, physical game Saturday night against an Oklahoma State team that did everything it could to slow down the pace.
- As they sat in folding chairs on the dais Saturday following a 61-57 loss at Baylor, Phil Forte and Jeffrey Carroll looked ready to go home. From Tulsa World.
Ready for some rest, too, as they rested their heads in their palms.
The senior guard and junior forward were OSU’s leading scorers against Baylor with 17 and 14 points, respectively. They also carried a large share of the minutes for the second time this week.
Carroll had almost no time on the bench, playing 39 minutes, Forte played 36.
- Baylor trailed at the half and for much of the game, leaving history in doubt for the capacity crowd at the Ferrell Center that came to witness and enjoy it. From CBSSports.
But in the end, the Bears did what they've done all season.
They won again and for the 15th straight time.
So barring some combination of stupidity and stubbornness from Associated Press voters, Baylor will move to No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time in school history Monday. That's the result of Saturday's 61-57 victory over Oklahoma State.
Here are three takeaways from the game: Continue Reading . . .
- No one boxed out Terry Maston, so the Baylor forward parachuted into the paint to yank down an offensive rebound with four minutes left in a contested game. From TulsaWorld.
Maston, Baylor’s 6-foot-8 reserve forward, gave the Bears a second opportunity. They capitalized on it the way a soon-to-be No. 1 team does, with sharpshooting guard Jake Lindsey burying a 3-pointer from the right corner to give Baylor some rare breathing room, a four-point lead.
It is the type of play Baylor has made consistently this season, which is why the Bears are one of two undefeated teams left in college basketball. But it is also the type of play Oklahoma State prevented for most of 40 minutes Saturday in a sold-out Ferrell Center.
- Oklahoma State (10-5, 0-3), which started league play with three straight losses for the first time in the Big 12 era, used its slow-down tactics and physical defense to take a 30-25 lead in the first half. Story by Jerry Hill.
The Cowboys outrebounded the taller Bears, 21-13, and had eight more second-chance points, 10-2.
"They were really aggressive and physical, and it took a little time for us to get used to it," Drew said. "After we did, I think we responded a little better. But, credit them for doing a great job being physical."
Baylor started the second half with six straight points by Motley with a dunk, a pair of free throws and a layup off a steal by Ishmail Wainright, regaining the lead at 31-30. But, OSU answered with eight straight points on back-to-back treys by Jawun Evans and Phil Forte and a Forte floater to match the Cowboys' biggest lead, 38-31.
- College basketball top 25: Baylor big winner, Duke's Grayson Allen top loser, CBS Sports dot com, For what felt like the first time in forever, hoops stole the stage from college football and stepped out from the shadow to give us an incredibly fun-filled day with action across the country. We had fighting coaches, players kicking one another and ...
- Kalani Brown and her Baylor teammates are piling up plenty of points this season. In their latest game, they made a point of shutting down a star opponent. From durham region dot com.
The No. 2 Lady Bears held Big 12 leading scorer Kaylee Jensen to barely half her average and beat Oklahoma State 86-50 Saturday.
Jensen had been getting 20.1 points, but finished with 11. Her conference-topping rebound total took a slight dip — she came in averaging 10.4 and had nine.
"We have more depth and just kept throwing bodies at her," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "I thought Kalani might have had her best defensive game." Continue Reading AP News Story . . .
Full Game Lady Bears vs. Cowgirls Video Replay
Baylor Lady Bears are No. 1 in Most ESPN Stats., When you visit ESPN Stats for NCAA Women's basketball you come away with a surprising view of Baylor Women's basketball. You'd think from the lack of attention the Lady Bears get in the national media, that the statistics to be found would be unimpressive and uninspiring. That's not the case. In fact, quite the opposite as the Lady Bears are No. 1 in most of the statistics to be found there. Continue Reading . . .
- After recruiting defensive back Harrison Hand at Temple University, coach Matt Rhule used that connection to convince him to come to Baylor. From WacoTrib.
The Cherry Hill (N.J.) High School prospect verbally committed to Baylor Saturday morning with his announcement on Twitter.
The Bears also picked up another big commitment later in the day when R.J. Sneed, a receiver out of Cy-Ranch, switched his pledge from Ole Miss to Baylor.
Hand and Sneed are the seventh and eighth commitments in the 2017 class, seven of which have come since Baylor’s 31-12 win over Boise State in the Cactus Bowl on Dec. 27. Continue Reading . . .
- On Saturday night, 3-star wide receiver RJ Sneed announced that he would be decommitting from the Rebels and committing to Baylor. Sneed’s decommitment comes after the Rebels lost wide receivers coach Matt Lubick to Baylor as well. Lubick will be the Bears co-offensive coordinator. Continue Reading at SEC Country dot com.
- Baylor’s Isaiah Austin is officially a professional basketball player. He signed a contract with KK Crvena zvezda, a European basketball club based in Belgrade, and part of the Red Star Sports Society. Austin shared video of his signing on Facebook. Continue Reading at Sporting News dot com.
- Isaiah Austin signs professional contract with FMP Belgrade, Former Baylor basketball star Isaiah Austin, who was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome during his 2014 NBA draft combine workout, has signed a contract to play professionally in Serbia.
- Isaiah Austin Signs with Adriatic League Team FMP: Contract Details, Reaction | Bleacher Report, The latest NBA news, trade rumors, scores, live coverage, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more from Bleacher Report
- Isaiah Austin returns to basketball, signs contract with Red Star Belgrade affiliate FMP | FOX Sports, Awesome.
Isaiah Austin Foundation
- Home Page | Isaiah Austin Foundation, The Isaiah Austin Foundation provides support for the awareness and research of Marfan syndrome. Its mission is to inspire others to DREAM AGAIN.
Mass Ejections During UNLV vs. Utah State Women’s Game
Push turns to shove turns to fight turns to brawl during the third period in women’s basketball game between UNLV and Utah State. Eight players, four from each team, were ejected as a result. From Swish Appeal.