No. 2 Baylor knocked off Alcorn State 105-76 earlier today. The Bears battle Iowa State at noon on Saturday in Ames. That one airs on ESPN+.
Here are three takeaways:
1) The Bears can mix lineups- Baylor ended the half with Mark Vital and four guards. The Fival hasn’t played as much with the emergence of Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, but I asked Drew about it. He said, “We’ve used Mark at the five before. We wanted to make sure we gave that another look, and with injuries and COVID, everyone has to be able to play multiple positions...you want to have different lineups and possibilities you can go to.”
2) The zone appeared- With a giant lead in the second half, the Bears broke out a zone. I asked Scott Drew about that, and he said, “Something you like to have in your repertoire in case you need it...you never know when you’re going to break it out.”
3) Jordan Turner made shots- Turner went 3-of-3 from deep. It was nice to see him have a good game. In the preseason, MaCio Teague told me Turner was the squad’s most improved player. Turner’s not going to get a ton of minutes with so many talented guys in front of him, so it’s nice that he played well in his opportunity today.
*A prior drafting error has been corrected.