Baylor battles Louisiana at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow in Las Vegas.
The game airs on a website called floohoops.tv. You can buy a one month subscription to watch the game for $29.99. If you start a blog or find another way to this into a business, maybe you can get a tax write off for it.
Here are three keys:
1) Start fast- The Bears, if they win both of these games, will be ranked No. 2 or No. 3 in all the major polling and advanced metrics systems (Gonzaga will be No. 1 after they destroyed Kansas) next week. While Louisiana is a decent team, they’re not as good as Baylor. The Bears shouldn’t give them hope early.
2) Communicate defensively- Jared Butler said today that he liked Baylor’s defensive communication. But Jerome Tang has been clear—both today and on the SicEm365 podcast this week—that the defense isn’t where the offense is. With someone replacing Freddie Gillespie, everyone needs to make sure they’re on the same page about defensive coverages.
3) Avoid turnovers- Baylor’s unlikely to lose this game unless Louisiana goes scorching from deep or forces way too many turnovers. The Bears should accept a good shot is better than passing it around eight times looking for the perfect shot.
Tang said in today’s press conference that the rotation will probably feature nine guys. If that holds—and maybe they go to eight later in the campaign—it would be the largest one since 2012. It makes sense Baylor would play that many guys though. This roster is ridiculous.
I’ll say the Bears are deeply motivated in their first game, especially with how well Gonzaga played, and they win 82-64.