Bart Torvik, a man who runs an advanced basketball site similar to KenPom.com, released his program of the decade rankings. Baylor came in second in the Big 12 and 19th overall.
Top 25 teams of the 2010s by T-Rank: pic.twitter.com/yYTpZuMiCV— Bart T rvik (@totally_t_bomb) June 11, 2019
Baylor ranked in the top 25 in tournament results this decade as well. The Bears finished 22nd in that category.
Tourney results for the decade (excluding play-in games): pic.twitter.com/AxlBaP8Omd— Bart T rvik (@totally_t_bomb) June 11, 2019
Those rankings are a powerful reminder of Baylor’s impressive decade. The Bears earned No. 3 seeds in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017. They reached the Elite Eight in 2010 and 2012. They were in the Sweet 16 in 2014 and 2017. And they won an NCAA Tournament game last season.
Baylor returns every rotation player but Makai Mason and King McClure. The Bears add Davion Mitchell, a probable starter at point guard, and Macio Teague, a sharpshooter who will garner major minutes. Baylor also played without Tristan Clark—their best player—for almost all of Big 12 play. He’s back too. With his return, the Bears rank as high as No. 7 in some preseason polls (Jeff Goodman’s).