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After a poor showing by the Lady Bears in the gauntlet that is Allen Fieldhouse, MBB journeys to Lawrence to try to fell the Jayhawks.

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Allen Fieldhouse - where Big 12 dreams tend to die
Allen Fieldhouse - where Big 12 dreams tend to die
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Well, here goes nothing. This is our first run at an overhauled Daily Bears Report. Matthew Tennant and I have been tinkering with a new format for the daily post that (assuming everything goes according to plan) will help function as a dragnet for Baylor-related news and a stream of consciousness for the blog to keep discussion churning, even on what one might consider a "slow news day". The layout will be pretty basic, with subsections for in-season and off-season sports updates, as well as a subsection for the lesser-followed events that deserve coverage and are often passed over by other outlets. There will also be tidbits of entertaining, relevant, and irrelevant-but-worth-mentioning tidbits tossed in. Hopefully everyone enjoys the changes. Now, to the stuff you're interested in!

In-Season News: Men's and Women's Basketball

Today is a big day for MBB. Scott Drew and the gang are in Lawrence, Kansas to take on the mighty Jayhawks after dropping two in a row to Oklahoma and Texas Tech, two games in which Baylor was favored. Conference play has been bumpy so far to say the least. All we know about Big 12 basketball right now is that until proven otherwise, all championship hopes run right through Allen Fieldhouse. As sloppy as Kansas looked at times during non-conference, they've come alive when it matters most. Tonight could be a make-or-break moment for the Bears. Here's to hoping that everything comes together and we deliver a shocker.


Bears Basketball Schedule

Next 5 Games

@ Kansas Mon 01/20 8:00 PM CST
Texas Sat 01/25 12:30 PM CST
West Virginia Tue 01/28 6:00 PM CST
@ Oklahoma St. Sat 02/01 1:00 PM CST
Kansas Tue 02/04 6:00 PM CST

Last 5 Games

Oklahoma Sat 01/18 L 64 - 66
@ Texas Tech Wed 01/15 L 72 - 82
TCU Sat 01/11 W 88 - 62
@ Iowa St. Tue 01/07 L 72 - 87
Savannah St. Fri 01/03 W 80 - 50

As has been said time and time again, MBB came into conference play looking strong and quickly faltered. Kansas has done the exact opposite. Despite identical records, Kansas is on a hot streak and looks to be in complete control of a conference that is in complete shambles otherwise. Scott Drew's team has more talent than it knows what to do with right now, and until this team gels and finds an identity that has eluded them to this point, it could be a long season.

It could get worse before it gets better: Baylor visits No. 9 Kansas on Big Monday | Dallas Morning News

Baylor Bears vs. Kansas Jayhawks Preview - CBSSports.com

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>In his latest projection, <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNLunardi">@ESPNLunardi</a> has seven Big 12 teams (including UT, Baylor, OU, Ok St) in NCAA tourney, with SMU first team out.</p>&mdash; Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChuckCarltonDMN/statuses/425313818529386496">January 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Men's basketball isn't the only Baylor team struggling right now. The Lady Bears have struggled with youth and size disadvantage all year long, but the end of non-conference play and yesterday's loss to unranked Kansas have raised serious concerns. Despite heroic efforts by Odyssey Sims, widely hailed as the best female player in the nation, the Lady Bears were out-hustled and out-shot, and struggled mightily with free throws. Hopefully as the season continues experience will start to set in and Kim Mulkey will be able to coach a squad to another national championship run.

Women's hoops roundup: Kansas upsets No. 7 Baylor

"Yuck, make it better," pretty much sums things up on the basketball front right now. There's not a huge amount of news at the moment.

Off-Season News: Football and Baseball

With a few weeks before baseball kicks off and Briles and company on the recruiting trail, the off-season sports are pretty quiet at the moment.

Baseball, whether you're a fan or not, is a gorgeous game. If you're on Instagram, give the team a follow.

The wealth of talent Baylor is bringing in at receiver for the 2014 class in incredible. They may roll out receivers with the efficiency that Ford churns out cars, but years with Kaz and Art have them performing like Ferraris. Ishmael Zamora, KD Cannon, Chris Platt, and Davion Hall form the most dangerous crop of offensive recruits Baylor has seen in a long time.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Heading to Senior Bowl today to watch Cyril and Ahmad practice-T. Reese not participating but was invited. Our 2014 crew working right now!</p>&mdash; Coach Art Briles (@CoachArtBriles) <a href="https://twitter.com/CoachArtBriles/statuses/425299104973864961">January 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The Best of the Rest

There really isn't much of a "rest" in the middle of January, but men and women's tennis have both been active in the few days, and the women's team had a good showing in Waco over the past two days, with wins over Ohio State, Syracuse, UT Pan American (you learn about new universities every day) and Prairie View A&M.

For Your Entertainment

As promised above, we'll try to include snippets of unrelated but entertaining news relating to the rest of the sports world and the state of Baylor University. Today's topic is that absolutely bonkers Richard Sherman interview last night. If you have a television or a Twitter account, you probably already know what I'm talking about, but this article contains several things you didn't know about the sensational Stanford-turned-Seattle cornerback, as well as a number of useless but entertaining thoughts on the absolute carnage we witnessed in the NFC championship game:

22 Brief Thoughts About That Richard Sherman Interview - Forbes
Richard Sherman acted like a crazy person Sunday. But after what he went through, it wasn't so crazy at all.

Richard Sherman explains the Crabtree incident and postgame interview | The MMQB with Peter King
Really cool article written by Sherman himself - credit to Serious as a Bear Attack

Besides that, it also looks like Bryce Petty wants a taste of our very own Peter Pope's waffle recipe. We're gonna hold you to this one, Bryce:

The DBR will be updated throughout the day if any breaking news arises that doesn't warrant its own article. The goal is to turn the report into an open forum for the issues of the day, and a constant source of news. The commentariat is welcome and encouraged to post tweets, links, and other newsworthy clippings throughout the day. Relevant information will be pushed into the article or archived to be used in the next day's report. Suggestions are also welcome, since I'm completely new to this "blogging" fad. Happy MLK Day, and Sic 'em Bears!