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Tuesday Lunchtime Links/News: Lady Bears' Home Streak Ends at 69

The nation's longest home winning streak ended last night for the Lady Bears at the hands of the UConn Huskies.

Oh she sassy!
Oh she sassy!
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(18-0, 5-0) 1/1
36 30 66
27 28 55

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USA Today Photos | Highlights | Postgame

Waco, Texas • Attendance: 9,145

(14-2, 4-0) 7/7

So that game happened.  The Lady Bears managed to close to a 1-point deficit several times in the second half last night without ever taking the lead.  It was like things shut down as soon as they got to 1 point (I won't say "within" 1 point because I hate it when people do that), and that was as close as it was possible to get.  UConn was just too good in the first half, Baylor got absolute no calls in the second, and that was that.

No. 7 WBB Falls to No. 1 UConn, 66-55 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
Breanna Stewart had 18 points and 11 rebounds as top-ranked Connecticut won 66-55 at No. 7 Baylor, ending the Lady Bears' national-best 69-game home winning streak Monday night.  (HIGHLIGHTS HERE IN CASE YOU DIDN'T WATCH.)

Sims, Griner and Young Named to National Team Pool - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
Three current or former Baylor women's basketball players, Odyssey Sims, Brittney Griner and Sophia Young, are included in the 33-player 2014-16 USA Basketball Women's National Team pool, USA Basketball announced today.


I've talked about it numerous times on the board in a less-obvious way, but I can't overstate to you guys/gals how good Baylor's 2015 recruiting class could be.  It will be small, probably no more than 15 recruits, but it should be absolutely fantastic, easily the best Briles has had since he got here on both sides of the ball.  Don't believe me?  Click the links in the 2015 Wish List and look for yourselves.  It's going to be special.  Potentially top-10 special.


Baylor TE Jordan Najvar is apparently tearing it up at Shrine Game practices, leading a couple of people to ask me on twitter if I felt like he was underutilized in our offense.  Short answer: probably.  Longer answer: I've gotten to the point that I am extremely hesitant to second-guess basically anything our offense does schematically.  It may be, and this is something of informed speculation, that using our TEs mostly as blockers off the line or out of the backfield helps set up the running game, which in turn makes our play-action work as well as it does, and the coaching staff believes we'd experience some kind of dropoff sending our TEs out in pass routes.  It's also important to remember that we were down a starting tackle basically the entire season (first with Troy Baker, later with Spencer Drango), and Najvar/Monk are both exceptional blockers from the TE position.

There are always going to be things I wish we did a little better or a little more on offense.  I'd love for us to "borrow" some of Malzahn's run concepts, for example, to supplement our own.  But in the end, the offense worked incredibly well for nearly all of this season, and I'm not all that concerned about it.  Others may disagree.


If you're wondering why Art Briles and Phil Bennett are partying it up with Quincy Acy in Indianapolis, the American Football Coaches Association meetings are this week.  That's why you're seeing a lot of coaching hires/moves right now; basically all of them are in the same place, creating a perfect opportunity to network and interview.  Just a reminder -- this year's new winter recruiting dead period ends tomorrow.  We should see a number of official visitors for the 2014 class over the next few weeks as we wrap up that cycle, including, potentially, a few uncommitted prospects.

Another convention occurring right now is that of the NCAA, which is apparently discussing rule changes to recruiting and eligibility.  Here's a list of what they're considering.


Just realized that Daniel Sepulveda didn't make the ESPN Big 12 all-BCS-era team.  This is a travesty.  The entire list is a sham without him.


Baseball is coming --

Tickets on Sale for Baseball's Feb. 10 Meet the Team Dinner - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
Baylor baseball will host its fifth-annual Meet the Team dinner on Monday, Feb. 10, in the Baylor Softball Indoor Practice Facility adjacent to Getterman Stadium and across from Baylor Ballpark.


Miscellaneous Football News:

According to a host of media outlets, the future for Baylor Football is bright. Below is a look at the upcoming season forecast from six different publications that all have the Bears in their top-15 for 2014.

Baylor football gets spring boost with early enrollees - Baylor Bears Football
Davion Hall, Terence Williams and Jordan Feuerbacher will get a jump on their college football careers by enrolling at Baylor this semester.

Updated ESPN 300: Big 12 analysis - ESPN
Some top prospects headed to Big 12 schools rose in the new ESPN 300, and others fell.

Big 12's 2013 best included Oklahoma's Sugar Bowl win and Baylor - ESPN
The college football season is over and what a season it was. Picked fifth in the preseason, Baylor won its first Big 12 championship.


Tweets Tweets Tweets Tweets Tweets:

This was the first official tweet for our new stadium's official account.

I put this down here since it wouldn't appear if you just searched for "Jordan Najvar" like I linked above.