One of the things we’ve been batting around bringing back in this new era of OurDailyBears.com is what I named the Daily Bears Report a decade ago but has been anything but daily since ... a long time ago. Generally, these threads are intended to provide a one-stop shop for daily news about Baylor and its various athletic programs, recent events, etc. while also serving as a discussion/gathering place for the community. They have been very well received in the past, so I completely support the effort to start them back up again. On that front, if you see this as somewhere you think you can contribute, it’s a great way to get ingratiated to the community and get experience writing, so please reach out to Matt or throw something in the comments, and we can go from there.
The reason today seemed like a great time to kick this back off again is that there is so much Baylor content out there right now after yesterday’s huge win over top-10 Villanova. There are podcasts, articles, spicy hot takes, etc. all over. Before we get to the highlights from the game, Baylor produced and played a video for Dickie V that got a lot of attention. Here it is.
Here’s the highlights:
Some reactions to the game, including today’s AP Poll, which had Baylor back in the #1 spot unanimously:
No. 2 MBB Suffocates No. 6 Villanova 57-36 - Baylor University Athletics
By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bears become fourth No. 1 in last four weeks in AP Top 25 men's college basketball poll
Baylor won the national championship last season without ever reaching No. 1 in the AP Top 25.
Men’s college basketball rankings: It’s Baylor’s turn at the top – The Athletic
The Bears advance to No. 1 in Seth Davis' weekly ranking of the top 25 teams in men's college basketball.
College basketball rankings: Why Baylor deserves to be No. 1 and could be staying at the top for a while - CBSSports.com
The Bears remain No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 and likely will be in the same position in the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll
Baylor lands No. 1 Spot, Leads 5 Big 12 teams in AP Top 25
The Baylor Bears, who beat Villanova on Sunday, are the nation’s No. 1 team in the latest Associated Press Men’s Basketball Top 25, released on Monday.
- AP Top 25 College Basketball Poll
College Basketball Power Rankings: Baylor proves itself, Arizona + Bama make their case for No. 1
Here are the latest college basketball power rankings, as Arizona and Alabama make their case for No. 1
There are also several big-time podcasts worthy of note here:
- Eye on College Basketball—Listen to the first 16 minutes or so. Link is to the Apple podcast service.
- Midcourt Madness—This one is on Spotify, but I’m pretty sure it’s free.
- Making the Madness—Another on Apple.
Baylor is getting a ton of positive attention on Twitter, as well as in print. Jeff Goodman has been particularly effusive in his praise:
Some of these coaches who tear their players down, play mind games with them (ie Bully Clyde Gillespie) should have to spend a week with Scott Drew and the Baylor program to see that positivity and not crushing kids can be far more effective.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) December 12, 2021
Baylor’s record the past two-plus seasons is a ridiculous 63-6.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) December 13, 2021
Scott Drew lost 4 starters - including 2 NBA players - off last year’s national championship squad.
And the Bears should be the NUMBER ONE team in the country again today.
This hit home with me yesterday:
For anyone under 30 - picture what Vandy is in basketball/football right now, and that was Baylor in the late 1990's, early 2000's.— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) December 12, 2021
Only Baylor was worse. Way worse.
Now they're basically a juggernaut in every college sport that matters.
Basically a juggernaut in every college sport that matters ... I like the sound of that.
Did you know: Baylor won the '21 national title and is still operating as the best program in men’s college hoops.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) December 12, 2021
Seems clear the Bears were underestimated by everyone heading into the season. Despite losing vital pieces, Scott Drew will again have the No. 1 team in the sport.
Pretty damn amazing that Baylor could lose four starters from the national champs and be the unanimous No. 1 team five weeks into the season.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) December 12, 2021
Stats/notes from the game courtesy of the one and only David Kaye:
Notes from soon-to-be No. 1-ranked @BaylorMBB’s 57-36 win over No. 6 Villanova.— David Kaye (@DavidKaye9) December 12, 2021
Baylor will be No. 1 for a 4th time in the last 6 seasons (2016-17, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22). When official, only BU and Gonzaga ranked No. 1 in each of the last 3 seasons. #SicEm pic.twitter.com/BsGvnrXOBI
Also, I would be remiss if I did not note that we hired a new soccer coach in Michelle Lenard, who is coming to Baylor from Dallas Baptist. We introduced her a few minutes ago. I know almost nothing about this person but wish her incredible success.
Baylor hires longtime Dallas Baptist head coach Michelle Lenard to lead program - SoccerWire
Michelle Lenard has been officially introduced as the sixth head coach in the hihstory of the Baylor soccer program.
That’s all I’ve got for now. If there’s anything I missed, please throw it into the comments (or, if you have the ability, feel free to update the post itself)!