- NCAA champion Villanova finally lost, Baylor positioned itself to reach No. 1 for the first time in program history and the winningest coach in men's Division I history had to step away to have back surgery. AP report from USA Today.
Clearly, it was an eventful week for teams in the AP Top 25.
Top-ranked Villanova's loss at No. 18 Butler on Wednesday night opened the door for the second-ranked Bears to take the final step Monday in a remarkable climb through the first two months of the season.
- Belgium is known for waffles and chocolate. As far as sports of choice, basketball ranks a distant fifth behind soccer, cycling, tennis and running, and just barely ahead of field hockey. Story by Jerry Hill of the Baylor Bear Foundation from Baylor Bears dot com.
“It is not a big deal, not at all,” said Baylor junior Manu Lecomte, a native of Brussels, Belgium, who’s in his first year as starting point guard for the No. 2-ranked Bears (14-0). “Actually, nobody played basketball in my family, except for my uncle. And he was really more of a coach. I started playing basketball when I was 4, thanks to him. If it wasn’t for him, I probably would have played soccer.”
Instead, little Emmanuel Lecomte started tagging along with his uncle, Nicolas Joostens, to his team’s basketball practices when he was 4 years old.
“He was following me when I was practicing with my team, and he was falling in love with basketball,” said Joostens, part of a Belgium contingent that followed Lecomte and the Bears for their Big 12 opener at Oklahoma and Wednesday’s 65-63 win at home over Iowa State. “Manu said to me when he was 10 years old, ‘My dream is to play in the NBA.’’’
Manu Lecomte in Baylor win over Xavier.
David Borges on why he choose Baylor No. 1 in AP Poll
- One thing I’ve tried never to do in my seven or eight years as an AP Top 25 voter is drop a team after it posts an undefeated week. David Borges’ AP Top 25 ballot, from New Haven Register.
Similarly, I try never to bump up a team over a team that’s had a perfect week.
But this week, I couldn’t resist the latter. I had Villanova No. 1, Kansas No. 2 and Baylor No. 3 last week. ‘Nova lost at Butler, and while you could make an argument the Wildcats could still be No. 1 (there’s no shame losing at Hinkle), I’m dropping them a couple of spots. Neither Kansas nor Baylor lost, so that means Kansas moves up to No. 1 and Baylor to No. 2, right?
Wrong. The more I looked at it, Baylor truly deserves to be No. 1. The Bears and Gonzaga are the last two remaining unbeatens. And look who Baylor has beaten: Oregon, Louisville, Xavier, Oklahoma State, VCU, Iowa State. They’ve met every challenge so far.
Baylor Lady Bears are No. 1 in Most ESPN Stats.
I'm not talking about individual player stats, but in team stats, Baylor Lady Bears stand head and shoulders above the crowd. They are No. 1 in each of the following stats:
No. 1 offense 94.3 PPG
No. 1 scoring margn 44.5
No. 1 field goal percentage 51.6%
No. 1 opponent field goal percentage 28.7%
No. 1 rebound margin 26.4
No. 1 assists 24.3
No. 1 blocks 8.9
No. 3 defense 49.8 opp ppg
No. 4 in 3 point percentage at 41.2%.
- In a move consistent with Baylor University’s responses to recent Title IX lawsuits, the school filed a motion to dismiss a suit claiming it did not adequately respond to allegations of physical violence against a football player. From WacoTrib.
Former student Dolores Lozano filed the suit against Baylor and its board of regents in October. She said Devin Chafin, a member of Baylor’s football team from 2012 to 2015, assaulted her at least three times, and alleges university officials did not investigate.
Title IX is not a general student safety statute and does not require universities to manage students’ private interactions, Baylor attorneys Lisa Brown and Holly McIntush argue.
Baylor’s motion also says Lozano did not allege discrimination based on her sex, and the motion also states a two-year statute of limitations has passed.