Scott Drew picked up his 300th win as a head coach, and Baylor (3-0) easily handled Alcorn State 78-61. Baylor will face Wisconsin on Monday night in Kansas City.
The Bears built a large lead and held it all night. Manu Lecomte nailed 3-point shots early (though he finished 3-of-11), a familiar pattern for the Bear’s point guard. He eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark tonight.
Tristan Clark was active all evening. He went 6-of-7 from the field and was a valuable late shot clock option. His big-to-big passing will be a welcome offensive weapon as the schedule gets much better. He finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Baylor was substantially better than Alcorn State. King McClure was aggressive against pick-and-rolls, Jo Lual-Acuil crashed the glass to the tune of 12 boards and Jake Lindsey denied this man hope:
When somebody suggests Panera for dinner: pic.twitter.com/rtJ5L912bR— Kendall (@kkaut) November 18, 2017
The Bears built a substantial advantage at the free throw line. Baylor finished 18-of-24 at the line. While Alcorn State was just 2-of-4 from the charity stripe.
If there’s anything to be worried about through three games it’s the Bears scoring droughts. Baylor’s success this decade has been built on top 25 KenPom offenses. But Baylor often goes a few minutes without scoring. That’s not a problem against teams that rank 300 or worse on KenPom. It will be against the best of the Big 12.
Baylor’s displayed plenty to show they can beat the best of any league on the right night. They’re turning it over far less and pushing the pace to look for 3-point shots; a slightly different recipe for a successful team. The Bears have looked like the second best team in the Big 12 and a top 20 squad to open the year. They’ll have a nice opportunity to prove that in Kansas City this week.