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Baylor-Wisconsin: Three Takeaways

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A good opening win for the Bears

NCAA Basketball: Texas A&M CC at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor knocked off Wisconsin 70-65 last night. The Bears played well early, and struggled over the final 10 minutes. But give the Bears a ton of credit for winning a game against an NCAA Tournament team when they couldn’t make a shot in the final eight minutes.

Here are my three takeaways from the game:

1) Many Lecomte has been the Big 12’s best player to open the season- He picked up his 3rd KenPom MVP, which is given to the best player on either team during a game. He finished with 24 points and just a single turnover.

Lecomte has been an awesome weapon running off screens and up court:

He was money from the free throw line yesterday. He finished 13-of-15, and Wisconsin hammered him before a few of those attempts. If Lecomte keeps playing this well, we’re going to have to reevaluate this team’s ceiling.

2) Jo Lual-Acuil was an offensive maven- The Bear’s senior big man finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. He was not afraid to go right at Ethan Happ:

Big Jo went 2-of-2 from deep. He was active on the defensive glass and probably had his best game at Baylor.

Lual-Acuil also seems like a perfect personality for this team. He was eating up the camera being on him earlier in the game. Every team needs somebody like Lual-Acuil. Few have somebody like him.

3) Jake Lindsey’s doing a phenomenal job- Wisconsin fans baffilingly were chanting, “Coach’s son” at Lindsey. Apparently Wisconsin fans are too busy defending their football team’s horrendous schedule to find out he’s a “GM’s son.”

Lindsey’s been awesome running the offense. In half-court sets, he lets the Bears feel comfortable having Lecomte run off screens. His connections with Terry Maston have been nice for the last two seasons. With Maston’s added range, he made a superb pass for the wide open 3-point shot: