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Daily Bears Reports 2/15- Spring Football, Hoops, Bracket

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The Bears still are in good position to land a #1 seed

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl - Baylor v Boise State Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Football:

They announced the Spring Game:

Baylorbears.com has the details:

In the first season of the Matt Rhule era, fans will get their first opportunity to see the Bears in action at noon on the April 22 date. The spring game, which is free and open to the public, will feature BU's squad divided up into two teams to play an actual game, instead of a scrimmage setting as in past years.

Current Baylor students will have an exclusive chance to see the Bears practice on April 4 as part of the University's annual Diadeloso celebration. Details for this event will be released at a later day by Baylor Student Activities and Baylor Athletics.

Tony Adame of Baylor247 breaks down the tight end competition:

Baylor will get some help from 2017 signee Tyler Henderson right off the bat, but the focus this spring will be on the guys already in-house and showing they can learn the new offense, and you can assume Lubick will work a lot with the wideouts, where he's had a tremendous amount of success, and Nixon will get to work with the tight ends a lot.

Bottom line: if either of the incumbents can show they can get downfield better and are a little more mobile or athletic than the other, that's who will likely be on the field more this season - we already know they can both block.

Hoops:

Don’t let the Texas Tech get you too down. Gary Parrish of CBS points out Baylor should still be a #1 seed:

And the reason is simple: I can't find a single school ranked below the Bears that deserve to be ranked above the Bears. They still have 11 top-50 KenPom wins and 10 top-50 RPI wins, leading the nation in both categories. And Baylor continues to have zero sub-35 KenPom losses even with the loss to Texas Tech because Texas Tech is 34th at KenPom and thus better than most realize.

Bottom line, if the NCAA Tournament started today, Baylor would still be a No. 1 seed. So Baylor should still be in the top four of the Top 25 (and one). And that's why the Bears didn't drop from the spot where they were Monday morning despite falling to 22-4 overall, and 9-4 in the Big 12, on Monday night.

Matt Mosley of SicEm365 and Texas Monthly spoke with SportsDayDFW.com:

Mosley: With a win at home vs Kansas on Saturday, I think the Bears will keep a No. 1 seed. But back to back losses to Tech and KU probably drops Baylor to a 2 seed. And that wouldn't be the end of the world. Baylor's never been a No. 1 seed, so I think that's something Scott Drew would love to accomplish. But dethroning KU at the top of the Big 12 isn't something he obsesses about. And honestly, did you see that West Virginia meltdown last night at Phog? The basketball gods (Naismith) aren't ready to see another team win the Big 12.

Highlights from the Tech game. From BaylorAthletics: