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Free Fallin': Baylor loses 66-64 to West Virginia in Waco

After its fifth loss in a row, Baylor's men's basketball team is now 1-6 in Big 12 play this season, the second-worst mark in the conference ahead of just TCU.

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When Baylor took the court in Ames on January 7 of this year, they did so ranked #7 in the country at 12-1. Exactly three weeks later, the Bears have now lost 5 games in a row in conference play and are now only out of the Top 25 but off the bubble, as well.  Baylor entered the 2-game home stretch against Texas and West Virginia needing two wins to right the ship and preserve the season.  It got neither.  This shouldn't happen.

Bears Basketball Schedule

Next 5 Games

@ Oklahoma St. Sat 02/01 1:00 PM CST
Kansas Tue 02/04 6:00 PM CST
@ Oklahoma Sat 02/08 6:00 PM CST
@ TCU Wed 02/12 6:00 PM CST
Kansas St. Sat 02/15 6:00 PM CST

Last 5 Games

West Virginia Tue 01/28 6:00 PM CST
Texas Sat 01/25 L 60 - 74
@ Kansas Mon 01/20 L 68 - 78
Oklahoma Sat 01/18 L 64 - 66
@ Texas Tech Wed 01/15 L 72 - 82

This is now a disaster by every definition in the book.  A once-promising team that Bears fans thought could contend for a Big 12 Championship has devolved into one of the punchlines of the year in college basketball.  5 losses in a row, 3 of them at home.  They've been outplayed, outcoached, outfought, outworked, out-everything that matters.  This shouldn't happen.

Once again, Baylor had the opportunity with the ball to win at the end of the game.  Once again, we didn't get a shot off.  This shouldn't happen.

Look at that schedule.  It's not getting better.