Kalani Brown leads Lady Bears to 14th straight win

Baylor junior center Kalani Brown goes up for two of her game-high 33 points in a 75-50 win over Kansas State.
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Baylor (17-1, 7-0) cruised by Kansas State (11-8, 3-5) 75-50 on Saturday night at the Ferrell Center.

The two teams played for the second time, with the Lady Bears taking the first matchup 88-58 on Dec. 28 in their conference opener. The Lady Bears played with the same ferocity in Saturday night’s game as they not only led in field goal percentage 42 to 31, but also out-rebounded KSU 69-24.

This is the Lady Bears’ 14th straight win. Baylor is also now 7-0 in Big 12 play for the second season in a row. Head coach Kim Mulkey has clinched a 7-0 start in conference play for the eighth time now.

Before the game, both Baylor and Kansas State wore t-shirts in honor of womens college basketball coach Pat Summitt, who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2016.

Sophomore forward Peyton Williams gave the Wildcats an early 2-0 lead at the 8:58 mark, but the Lady Bears answered back as junior center Kalani Brown’s jumper tied the game up at 2-2. Brown was able to put the Bears up 11-9 with a layup assisted by sophomore guard Natalie Chou with 2:35 to go in the first quarter. Kansas State led for 5:11 of the first quarter while Baylor only led for 2:48.

Going into the second quarter, Baylor was up 14-9. The Lady Bears led for the entire second quarter.

Senior forward Kristy Wallace’s layup put the Bears up 16-9 in the beginning of the second quarter and sophomore forward Lauren Cox’s jumper with 1:04 left gave the Bears a 16-point lead at 34-18 going into halftime.

At halftime, the Lady Bears and their families were honored at center court. Wallace’s family gave their support for Baylor all the way back home from Australia with a special message that appeared on the big screen.

Going into the third quarter, Cox’s jumper made the score 36-18. Kansas State was finally able to score at the 8:03 mark off of junior guard Kayla Goth’s three-pointer. Baylor limited Kansas State to just 18 points in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter started with a turnover for Kansas State and the Lady Bears were able to capitalize on this with a three-pointer by freshman guard Alexis Morris with 9:21 remaining of the game. Even though Kansas State had only eight turnovers compared to Baylor’s 13, and also led in three-point percentage 24 to 12.5, it was not enough to combat the Lady Bears.

The Bears led for 33 of the game’s 40 minutes.

Brown finished with 33 points and 19 rebounds, while Cox had 16 points and 19 rebounds.

Goth had 22 points for KSU.

Coach Mulkey said she was impressed Brown and Cox’s presence on the glass.

“That’s a lot of rebounds for two girls who play together and they have to share the rebounding and not fight over it,” Mulkey said. “To think you had that many come off the boards and they both had the same number of rebounds is pretty impressive, and we sure are glad.”

Morris contributed 12 points for the Lady Bears, while freshman guard Didi Richards had six points and seven rebounds.

Brown said that the style of play for the freshmen will help the team, especially going into a tough stretch.

“I think the freshmen that we have are comfortable and come into the game hard. Playing Texas before, they bring energy so we just have to match that,” Brown said.

After being on the road, Coach Mulkey said she was glad to be back playing at home.

“It was good to be back home,” Mulkey said. “We have been gone two or three weeks. It was good to be back home. I thought the crowd was good. I don’t know if there was a statement to make, we just need to protect our home floor. I think anybody will tell you that when you are trying to win another championship, you need to try to win all of them at home and sneak some on the road.”

Baylor is now 32-8 against Kansas State in the all-time series.

No. 4 Baylor will now host No. 9 Texas at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Ferrell Center. Kansas State plays TCU at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Manhattan, Kan.

Source: The Baylor Lariat

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Baylor collapses late in loss to Kansas

Baylor freshman forward Mark Vital battles for a rebound against Kansas freshman guard Marcus Garrett.
Photo Credit: Associated Press/Orlin Wagner

By Ben Everett | Sports Writer

For the second straight year, Baylor men’s basketball had a chance to win at Kansas in the final minute. And for the second straight year, the Bears could not convert on offense down the stretch.

The Bears (12-7, 2-5) dropped to 0-15 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse with a 70-67 loss to the Jayhawks (16-3, 6-1) Saturday night in Lawrence, Kan.

With 17 seconds left, the Bears got the ball back down just one point. Senior guard Manu Lecomte put his head down, drove to the hoop and put up a contested floater off the glass that missed off the front of the rim.

The Jayhawks gathered the rebound, hit their free throws and iced another home win.

“I thought it was a good look,” Lecomte said.

Holding a 67-61 lead with 2:50 left in the game, the Bears went dry on offense, missing all five of their shots from the field.

Meanwhile, Kansas sophomore guard Malik Newman scored 11 straight points for the Jayhawks including a personal 7-0 run to put Kansas on top with 1:09 remaining.

Baylor head coach Scott Drew said the Bears weren’t aggressive enough down the stretch while the Jayhawks kept attacking the basket.

“Down the stretch, they had seven free throws, we had zero,” Drew said. “I have to get us better plays that put us on the line instead of getting contested jump shots.”

The Jayhawks found the open spots in Baylor’s 2-3 zone early on, resulting in three-pointers from junior guard LaGerald Vick and senior guard Devonte’ Graham and prompting Baylor head coach Scott Drew to call a timeout just one minute into the game.

The Bears switched to a man-to-man defense, but found little success on either end of the court. Kansas senior guard Svi Mykhailiuk drove past Baylor freshman forward Mark Vital and rose up for the dunk, extending the Jayhawks’ lead to 16-3 with 15:47 remaining in the first half.

The Bears withstood the early Kansas run and held the Jayhawks to just four points in a six minute stretch to make it a 20-15 game at the 9:34 mark of the first half.

Kansas responded with an 8-2 run capped off by a transition three-pointer from Graham to take a 28-17 lead into the under-eight timeout.

The Bears scored four straight by attacking the basket, but an intentional foul by freshman guard Tyson Jolly gave Kansas sophomore guard Malik Newman two free throws to put the Jayhawks ahead 30-21 with 3:54 remaining in the first half.

A three from senior forward Nuni Omot cut the lead to just six, but free throws from Kansas down the stretch gave the Jayhawks a 38-27 lead at halftime.

Lecomte drained his first three of the night to cut the lead to seven before Kansas sophomore center Udoka Azubuike scored four straight as the Jayhawks held a 44-35 lead at the 15:49 mark of the second half.

Baylor senior center Jo Lual-Acuil, Jr. scored on a hook shot and Vital soared in for a put back on the next possession to bring the Bears within five of the Jayhawks, 44-39, with 14 minutes left in the game.

The Bears pulled within two on a jumper from freshman forward Tristan Clark, but Kansas took the momentum back on a dunk from Azubuike and a drawn charge from Mykhailiuk, leading 52-47 with nine minutes remaining.

With the Bears in the bonus, Omot stepped to the line and knocked down seven free throws in a one minute stretch to give Baylor a 56-54 lead with five minutes left in the game.

With the momentum on its side, Baylor stretched its lead to 63-59 on a three from junior guard King McClure and a jumper from Lecomte in the lane with 3:37 remaining.

Newman played hero for Kansas down the stretch, scoring nine straight points to put the Jayhawks back up 68-67 with under a minute remaining.

Lecomte said Baylor is just as good as Kansas, so it’s frustrating to continue to lose to the Jayhawks.

“It’s very frustrating because we know we are as good a team as them,” Lecomte said. “We know we can beat them. Next time we gotta make sure we keep that lead.”

Lual-Acuil, Jr. finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Newman led the Jayhawks with 24 points and seven rebounds.

The Bears look to rebound as they face Kansas State at 8 p.m. Monday at the Ferrell Center.

Source: The Baylor Lariat

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Baylor Comeback Falls Short Against Kansas 70-67

Baylor made a valiant effort, but it just couldn’t finish in the final minutes to earn Scott Drew’s first win in Lawrence.

Baylor came about as close to its first win in Lawrence as it could.

After an abysmal start to the first half, the Baylor Bears roared back in the final 15 minutes of the game to lose 70-67 to the Kansas Jayhawks with a chance to take a tying shot on the final possession.

Starting at the 16:35 mark of the second half, Baylor went on a 12-3 run to bring the game to a 45-47 Jayhawk advantage with 11:16 on the clock. Nuni Omot took over on offense, making a layup and 7 free throws over the next five minutes — which included a Jo Lual-Acuil dunk — to give Baylor its first lead of the game 56-54 with 5:36 remaining. Following a Devonte’ Graham layup, King McClure hit a three-pointer following a Jake Lindsey offensive board to make the score 59-54 Bears. Baylor got a stop the next possession, then Lindsey found Acuil running the floor to earn a 61-56 lead.

Then Malik Newman, a former 5-star recruit, took over. He went on a personal 9-5 run to give Kansas a 68-67 lead that stuck. Baylor couldn’t score in the final 2:51 of the game, failing to hit two reasonable shots and poorly executing a perhaps too cute inbound play to end the game.

This game started badly for the Bears. Kansas drained its first 7 shots from the field, including 4 threes and a roaring diving slam from Mykhailiuk. Baylor’s defense was scrambled, with shots coming open on the perimeter and at the rim. Drew took two timeouts in the first 5 minutes in an attempt to calm his players, who did eventually settle in on both ends. The Bears briefly drew the game back to a 5 point gap with a Jake Lindsey tip in at 9:32.

The rest of the half wobbled between a 6 and 11 point differential until half.

Offensively, Baylor struggled. The Bears shot a miserable 30% from the field. The lone bright spot was on the offensive glass, where Baylor managed to collect 7 boards.

Acuil lead the Bears with a 14-10 stat line. Omot had his best conference game of the season and a phenomenal second half to finish with 14 point on 4 field goal attempts, 1-1 from three and 7-7 from the free throw line. Manu Lecomte struggled from deep (1-8) but managed to find his shot down the stretch with a couple of free throw line jumpers as a part of Baylor’s valiant run.

Baylor’s defense, after struggling in the opening minutes, was sturdy in the half court, although Udoka Azubuike used his significant strength advantage to earn deep post position for easy baskets. It was in transition — especially off Baylor misses — that Kansas earned its points. In the open floor, Newman and Graham found their way to the rim once their shot stopped falling from deep. Newman finished with a game-high 24 points on 7-11 shooting with a perfect 7-7 from the line.

The tempo of the game suited Baylor, who controlled the tenor of the game from about 10 minutes left in the first half right up until the final three minutes of the game. Baylor showed great toughness in a loss, but the losses keep mounting. No one could count on Baylor taking a road win in Lawrence, but the pressure is growing on the Bears to earn more conference wins in an effort to make a fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

Baylor’s next game will be at home on Monday against Kansas State, a must win for Baylor.

Source: The Baylor Lariat

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Daily Bears Report 1/20/2018 New Receiver’s Coach, MBB & WBB both play today.

Receiver’s coach Frisman Jackson is new to Baylor but familiar face for Coach Rhule. Plus basketball, tennis, track, and scandal. Quiddich anyone?

Today’s Events

Lady Bears Basketball

Cohen Helping No. 4 Lady Bears at Multiple Spots – Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Kim Mulkey doesn’t like asking her players to take on multiple positions.

But, when you only have nine players, it’s kind of a necessity.

This is nothing new, though, for 6-foot-2 Baylor senior Dekeiya Cohen. Originally recruited as a post player out of West Ashley High School in Charleston, S.C., Cohen has played at both wing and post and can defend any position on the court.

“At the time, it didn’t seem like a great thing, because I would have to try to learn both positions, the plays and everything,” Cohen said. “But as time went on, me getting the hang of it, it’s definitely helped me in the long run. It gives me my edge, really, just being versatile. I can be a mismatch for either position.”

You could certainly make the case that Cohen is the most valuable player this season for the fourth-ranked Lady Bears (16-1, 6-0), who host Kansas State (11-7, 3-4) at 6 p.m. Saturday in their Family Night game at the Ferrell Center.

Her value was never more evident than last Sunday’s 74-52 win at Oklahoma, when Cohen scored a team-high 16 points but more importantly guarded OU sharpshooter Gabbi Ortiz and 6-4 center Vionise Pierre-Louise.

“I thought she had one of her best performances of her career,” Mulkey said. “She guarded Pierre when Kalani (Brown) was sitting on the bench and (Lauren) Cox was playing behind her and wasn’t moving her feet. Dekeiya took it upon herself, ‘OK, Coach, I’ll guard her for you.’ And she banged with her. Then the next minute, we asked Dekeiya to go outside and guard, and she guarded out there.”

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Lady Bears have intimidating defense in Big 12, rank tops nationally, WacoTrib, Bill Fennelly thinks the game is lost before it even starts some times.

For Iowa State, according to the head coach, that happens most often against Baylor. Fennelly’s Cyclones opened up Wednesday night’s contest against the Lady Bears shooting 1-for-17 from the floor, the lowest scoring quarter in Baylor history by a Big 12 opponent.

“I think the Baylor on the front of their jerseys is kind of intimidating,” Fennelly said.

Lady Bears return home to face Kansas State, KWTX, The Baylor Lady Bears play at home this weekend for the first time in nearly three weeks when they host Kansas State.

Lady Bears look for season sweep of Wildcats | The Baylor Lariat, No. 4-ranked Baylor women’s basketball returns home to face Kansas State at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Ferrell Center.

The Lady Bears (16-1, 6-0) have won thirteen straight after dropping a road game to UCLA on Nov. 18.

Baylor hasn’t played a home game since Jan 3, having played three straight contests on the road.

Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said the upcoming home stretch should be good for the team.

“We’ve been gone a while,” Mulkey said. “But it’s good to get back home for three out of the next four. Hopefully we’ll have a good crowd.”

BaylorBears.com WBB Hosts Kansas State Saturday – Baylor University Official Athletic Site Baylor University Official Athletic Site – Women’s Basketball, The No. 4/4 Baylor Lady Bears (16-1, 6-0) welcome Kansas State (11-7, 3-4) to the Ferrell Center on Saturday, Jan. 20 for the second Big 12 matchup of the season.

Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (CT).

As a part of the team’s annual Family Night, the Lady Bears and their families will be recognized at center court at halftime of the game.

Saturday is also the We Back Pat contest. To raise awareness for the Pat Summitt Foundation, both teams will wear We Back Pat t-shirts and take a photo on the court prior to the game.

Baylor lunch bags will be given to the first 250 kids in attendance.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest (FSSW) and the Fox Sports Go app. Kris Radcliffe (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (analyst) will call the action. Fans can also listen to Rick May (play-by-play) and Lori Fogleman (analyst) on the Baylor Sports Network, IMG College and 92.9FM in Waco.

K-State Visits (4/4) Baylor on Saturday, KansasStateAthletics, Kansas State visits (4/4) Baylor on Saturday for a 6 p.m., tipoff in Waco. Saturday’s game will be the 1,500th game in K-State’s history.

K-State was unable to hold back Oklahoma on Wednesday, as the Wildcats dropped a 76-71 decision to the Sooners. K-State held a two-point lead entering the final quarter, but Oklahoma shot 75.0 percent from the field to secure the win.

The Wildcats pocketed a season-high 14 steals on Wednesday, the most since carding 14 at West Virginia on Feb. 15, 2017.

Sophomore Peyton Williams finished with a game-high 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, one block and one steal. Williams, an All-Big 12 candidate, leads K-State in 20 point games this season with four.

For the season, the product of Topeka, Kansas, is averaging 14.1 points on a .556 field goal percentage with 7.3 rebounds. She has set career season-highs in nine statistical categories.

At a glance: K-State women at No. 4 Baylor, themercury, It remains to be seen whether Shaelyn Martin will play against the Bears on Saturday.

Midway though the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss to Oklahoma, Martin sustained an ankle injury and did not return to the game. Martin has started all 18 games this season, averaging 30.1 minutes per game. Martin can fill up the stat sheet for the Wildcats. She is averaging six points and 7.4 rebounds per outing, while handing out 72 assists and recording 36 steals. She has also drawn a school-record 84 career charges.

Man Bears Basketball

Kansas Jayhawks vs Baylor Bears Preview – Rock Chalk Talk, Kansas returns to Allen Fieldhouse as a first place team, and takes on a Baylor team that in a lot of ways is KU’s total inverse. The Bears currently have the last ranked offense in the Big 12, but…

Men’s Hoops Travels to No. 10 Kansas – Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor men’s basketball is headed to Lawrence, Kan., to face No. 10 Kansas on Saturday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. CT on ESPN and WatchESPN.

No. 10 Kansas set to host Baylor Saturday | University of Kansas Athletics, No. 10/10 Kansas (15-3, 5-1) returns home to host Baylor (12-6, 2-4) on Saturday, Jan. 20 inside Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas is coming off its 10th-straight regular-season win against a top-10 team with its 71-66 victory at No. 6/7 West Virginia, Jan. 15. The Jayhawks and Bears will tip-off at 5 p.m. (CT) on ESPN with Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) calling the action.

Baylor basketball hits the road looking to upset Kansas and get a critical win for NCAA tournament hopes, BearsIllustrated, Bears hit the road against Kansas looking for a big road win to get back into the NCAA tournament talks.

First-place Jayhawks to play Baylor at Allen, KansasCityStar, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self cautions that ‘one bad week’ can greatly damage a team’s hopes of winning the regular-season Big 12 title. The Jayhawks, 5-1 in the league, meet Baylor, 2-4, at 5 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Game day Breakdown: No. 10 KU basketball vs. Baylor, KUsports, The last time the Kansas basketball team was on the court, it used every ounce of energy and physical and emotional toughness it had to come back from 16 down in a road victory over West Virginia on Big Monday.

The win was huge and the aftermath was even bigger, with analysts and fans nationwide proclaiming that the Kansas that everybody knew and loved and that had won 13 Big 12 titles in a row was back and that they were foolish for ever having doubted the Jayhawks.

Be that as it may, don’t expect that kind of talk to have been commonplace inside the KU locker room this week. The Jayhawks, though pleased to have some time off to recover from the emotional win, have not been thinking too much about what just happened and, instead, have been focusing on the future and what they need to do to get better.

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College Sports: In a Big 12 race packed with contenders, the road to a title still goes through Lawrence, SportsDay, As Big 12 play began last month, Kansas looked perhaps as vulnerable as it had for a long while in the men’s basketball race. A week ago, four…

Tennis

Baylor tennis opens spring slate as men host UMKC, WacoTrib, Matt Knoll isn’t sure his guys can count. The Baylor men’s tennis coach said Thursday afternoon that if every Bear tennis player was lined up and asked if he would

BU women’s tennis postponed, WacoTrib, Due to expected poor weather conditions, the Baylor women’s tennis spring season opener at Rice has been postponed. The match, originally scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m. (CT), has been

WT Opener Postponed Due to Weather Conditions – Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Due to expected poor weather conditions, the Baylor women’s tennis spring season opener at Rice has been postponed. The match, originally scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m. (CT), has been rescheduled for March 6 at 5 p.m. (CT) in Houston, Texas.

Men’s Tennis Ready for Dual-Match Season Opener – Baylor University Official Athletic Site, The 11th-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team will open its 2018 dual-match season by welcoming UMKC to a doubleheader at the Hurd Tennis Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. CT.

Track & Field

Baylor track and field teams to compete at A&M, WacoTrib, The Baylor track and field teams will venture to College Station for their second meet of the season, competing in the Texas A&M Quadrangular on Saturday.

Football

Frisman Jackson hired as Baylor’s WRs coach, NBCSports, This marks Jackson’s second Power Five job, with the first coming at NC State four years ago.

Baylor Hires Frisman Jackson as Wide Receivers Coach – Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Former NFL coach and player Frisman Jackson has been hired as Baylor football’s wide receivers coach, head coach Matt Rhule announced Friday.

Athletics

Baylor Student-Athletes Honored for Fall Academic Success – Baylor University Official Athletic Site, After securing a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or better for the 19th consecutive semester, Baylor student-athletes received further recognition for their academic prowess from Baylor University and the Big 12 Conference on Friday.

Scandal

Brann’s is a tale of satire and gunfire, HoustonChronicle, At a time when journalists in this country are under fire, it’s interesting to recall what happened in Texas in the latter years of the 19th century when a fiery journalist’s pen and Southern Baptist brimstone met with fatal results.

Satire. That’s what you call it. But answer me this: When does satire bleed into calumny of the cruelest, most vicious sort? You can talk all you want about First Amendment rights and freedom of the press, but wait until you and yours are the targets. Wait until institutions deserving of our deepest devotion and respect feel the rapier prick of the satirist’s vile pen. Then we’ll see how high-minded you are.

Source: Our Daily Bears

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Q&A with Rock Chalk Talk

I talked with Mike from Rock Chalk Talk. If you want to read my answers to his questions, check it out here.

Will Billy Preston play this season?

No.

Sorry, that was a short answer. No, I don’t expect him to. For those who don’t know, Preston was a 5-star PF recruit, #11 overall in the 2017 class. In early November, he was involved in a single car accident on campus; as the university sought “a clearer financial picture” regarding the vehicle, he was held out of games but has been practicing with the team. Kansas turned its findings over to the NCAA on or around December 20, and has been waiting for a response since that time. Preston’s mom recently lashed out on Twitter, but still no news.

I’m guessing – just a guess – that the NCAA is trying to decide if whoever owns the car has been involved with the family long enough for it to be a permissible benefit.

When do you think the Big 12 streak will end?

If it doesn’t end this year, I’m guessing it will end just two or three years after Self retires. Due to what I think is kind of an odd shift in recruiting (toward transfer players, three of whom are sitting out this year and one who left campus after a week this summer), this is Self’s thinnest roster since he’s been at Kansas – and the Jayhawks are all alone in first place after six games. Since coming to KU, Self has been a top-4 seed in the NCAA Tournament – and the last time he wasn’t a 1 or 2-seed was 2009. He’s just been so consistent. Better get him this year, or you may never get him.

Who do you think will go pro after this season?

Svi Mykailiuk and Devonte Graham are seniors, so they’re gone regardless. The only others that have a chance of going pro, in my opinion, are the above mentioned Billy Preston, Lagerald Vick, Udoka Azubuike, and Malik Newman. I don’t see Azubuike or Newman showing up on any mock drafts anywhere, so to answer the original question, the safe bets are Preston and Vick.

*Mitch Lightfoot played crazy well against TCU. Is that sustainable, and what exactly happened?

What happened was Udoka Azuibuke foul trouble leading to Mitch Lightfoot’s season-high in minutes played. KU needed him to step up that night, and he responded. Mitch is an energy guy who has a knack for blocking shots (tied with Azubuike for the team lead), and it turns out he has a decent offensive game, too. He can even pop a three if you leave him open at the top of the key (5-12 from behind the arc so far). As to whether or not it’s sustainable? I really don’t know. If Preston ever gets cleared, Mitch pretty quickly becomes the second big off the bench instead of the first.

Do you think David Beaty will get fired after this season? Would you have fired him after this season?

Yes.

And yes.

Charlie Weis and Turner Gill both got canned after winning more games in less time than David Beaty. Kansas is currently in its worst three-season stretch in school history, and that’s not hyperbole. I’d like to see Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger (a K-State grad) fired first, but Beaty is part of the problem too. There are repeated questionable fourth-down playcalls, bad clock management, and players are constantly out of position, unprepared, and not developing in their time in Lawrence. The coaching staff can’t even figure out who the best quarterback is on the roster. There are blown assignments on defense, missed blocks on offense, and recruiting Texas is supposed to be this staff’s strong suit. There is currently just one recruit from the state of Texas verbally committed to next year’s class. If you want to read more up on it, feel free to read about how Sheahon Zenger is killing the Kansas football program.

If Bill Self leaves in the next couple of years, who would you want as KU’s next coach?

Brad Stevens is the dream hire, but I assume you want me to pick someone realistic. Bill Donovan is probably also a pipe dream. I would say someone like Tony Bennett and Sean Miller would be guys you have to call. Farther down on the list might be Archie Miller, Chris Mack, Buzz Williams, and Larry Krystkowiak. If Kansas alum Jerod Haase wins at Stanford, he could work himself into this conversation as well.

Do you have confidence if Kansas has to play zone, and do you think the Jayhawks should play zone or man-to-man against the Bears?

Kansas has been playing more zone this season because of depth issues, and because for some reason, the Jayhawks have been having trouble defending pick-and-roll offenses. Guys have been helping too far and leaving shooters open on the perimeter, and for whatever reason Bill Self can’t get them to stop to do it. I want Kansas to play man to man as much as possible; after all, Self is an expert at throwing in different types of zones during a game as a change up.

How far does Kansas advance in the NCAA Tournament?

If I would have answered this question on Monday afternoon, I would have said there’s no doubt that they bow out in the second round or possibly the Sweet 16. The win at West Virginia was really impressive and shouldn’t be understated, however, I’m not sure that it changes the ceiling – or the floor – for this team. They’re still eminently capable of a Final Four run. They’re also a 4-25 game from behind the arc away from a second round exit. Personally, I will probably play it safe and predict a Sweet 16 exit, just because this team is so reliant on jump shooting.

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Lady Bears look for season sweep of Wildcats

Baylor junior center Kalani Brown receives the entry pass in a game against Kansas State.
Photo Credit: Associated Press.

By Ben Everett | Sports Writer

No. 4-ranked Baylor women’s basketball returns home to face Kansas State at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Ferrell Center.

The Lady Bears (16-1, 6-0) have won thirteen straight after dropping a road game to UCLA on Nov. 18.

Baylor hasn’t played a home game since Jan 3, having played three straight contests on the road.

Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said the upcoming home stretch should be good for the team.

“We’ve been gone a while,” Mulkey said. “But it’s good to get back home for three out of the next four. Hopefully we’ll have a good crowd.”

The Wildcats (11-7, 3-4) lost their first two conference games, but have won three of their last five, including an upset win over then-No. 12 West Virginia in Morgantown, Wva.

Mulkey said the Wildcats have a successful defensive blueprint that they stick to.

“They are committed to their zone defense,” Mulkey said. “Very rarely have I seen them get out of their zone regardless of the score of game.”

As for the offense, K-State has three players who have made 18 or more three-pointers on the season.

Mulkey said the Lady Bears will need to run the Wildcats off the three-point line and keep them from getting easy baskets in transition.

“You’ve got to defend their three-point shooters,” Mulkey said. “They take off and you’ve got to get back in transition defense. They run a lot of different things that if you don’t communicate defensively, they can make you look bad.”

Junior guard Kayla Goth leads the Wildcats in scoring and assists with averages of 16.3 points and six assists per game on the season.

Sophomore forward Peyton Williams is second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.1 points per game, and leads the Wildcats in rebounding at seven rebounds per game.

The Lady Bears have found success this season by limiting opponents attempts and securing defensive rebounds. Baylor leads the conference in total rebounds at almost 50 per game, and is first in rebounding margin having out rebounded their opponents by 18.2 rebounds per game.

Junior center Kalani Brown said Mulkey stresses rebounding in practice, so the Lady Bears always have their mind on crashing the boards.

“Rebounding is one of the things Coach [Mulkey] focuses on,” Brown said. “It’s one of the first things we do in practice. Securing a rebound is how we start the break and how we get off to those quick starts so it’s very important.”

Brown leads the team with averages of 21 points and eight rebounds per game while sophomore forward Lauren Cox chips in 15 points and nine rebounds per game.

The Lady Bears won the first meeting 88-58 on Dec. 28 in Manhattan, Kan.

Baylor continues its home stretch with a battle against No. 9 Texas at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Ferrell Center.

Source: The Baylor Lariat

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Big 12 MBB Weekend Preview 1/19-1/21

Saturday, January 20th 1:00 PM CT, ESPN

It has not been a good week for those competing with Kansas for top spot in the Big 12. #4 Oklahoma (14-3, 4-2) just suffered an upset loss to Kansas State earlier in the week. Trae Young had a relatively weak performance with only 20 points and 6 assists. Oklahoma State (12-6, 2-4) is reeling after a loss to Baylor, which featured a defensive meltdown in the second half. The last time these two teams played, Oklahoma smoked the Cowboys behind a great performance out of Trae Young. I don’t expect this game to be much different.

89-70 Oklahoma.

Saturday, January 20th 1:00 PM CT, CBS

#6 West Virginia (15-3, 4-2) took a couple major blow towards their chance of winning the Big 12 in back to back losses to Texas Tech and Kansas. The Mountaineers need to get back on track with a win against a very up and down Texas (12-6, 3-3). Texas scored a major win against Texas Tech in their last game. The Mountaineers should be able to handle Texas at home with their press, though.

73-60 West Virginia.

Saturday, January 20th 1:00 PM CT, ESPNU

Iowa State (10-7, 1-5) looked like it might have gotten things going in the right direction after a win against Baylor. But that all came crashing down after a terrible performance against TCU. Iowa State can score just fine, their problem is they have been completely unable to play defense so far. We’ll see how they fair against #8 Texas Tech (15-3, 4-2) who is fresh off a loss to Texas. The Red Raiders should be able to get back on the winning track though, even in Hilton Coliseum.

88-80 Texas Tech.

Saturday, January 20th 3:00 PM CT, ESPNU

#24 TCU (14-4, 2-4) was off to an awful start to conference until their last win against Iowa State. They’ll try to keep that momentum up against Kansas State (13-5, 3-3). The big question will be if Alex Robinson can keep up his solid point guard play against stronger defenses in the place of injured Jaylen Fisher. Robinson looked good against Iowa State, but this game ought to show whether or not that will continue consistently. I’ll take the Wildcats at home in a close one.

78-76 Kansas State.

Saturday, January 20th 5:00 PM CT, ESPN

Baylor’s (12-6, 2-4) season thus far can largely be summed up by the tale of two Manus. Manu Lecomte looked great for large chunks of the non-conference schedule before hitting a major cold streak in the first third of conference play. Luckily, he seemed to break that spell with an incredible 30 point performance against Oklahoma State. If Baylor wants a shot at beating #10 Kansas (15-3, 5-1) in Allen Fieldhouse, they’ll need Manu to step up once again. Kansas currently has sole possession of first place in the conference… there are a LOT of teams that would love for Baylor to knock off Kansas this weekend. I think the Bears definitely have the potential to pull off such a feat. But I know enough about playing at Kansas to know that picking against them is very ill advised.

80-78 Kansas.

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Daily Bears Report 1/19/2018 Baylor Interested in Kahlan Griffin, RGIII’s Cousin

Football

Report: Baylor interested in cousin of Robert Griffin III, DieHards, Who better to recruit to Baylor than the cousin of Baylor legend Robert Griffin III?

CFB News bizarrely ranks Baylor coach Matt Rhule No. 129 in football, DieHards, Baylor coach Matt Rhule didn’t have a standout first season, but one national college football writer has shockingly low reviews of his performance.

SB Nation: Baylor among biggest underachievers in 2017, DieHards, Following a 1-11 finish in 2017, Baylor was among the biggest underperforms in college football in 2017.

Basketball

Early Brackets Bring Good and Bad News to Baylor Basketball Teams, DieHards, With the Lady Bears firmly in the NCAA tournament and fighting for a #1 seed, the men have work to do to get back into the NCAA tournament hunt.

Men’s Basketball

No. 10 Kansas riding high after big win (Jan 20, 2018), FOXSports, Toughness was an issue for Kansas early in the basketball season. So much so that during nonconference play, Bill Self labeled the team the softest he had coached in 15 seasons with the Jayhawks.

John Werner: Kansas still on top of tough Big 12, WacoTrib
Fans can argue whether Villanova, Virginia or Purdue is the best team in college basketball, but there seems to be no doubt which conference stands above the rest.

Apparently, the reports of KU’s Big 12 demise were greatly exaggerated, Statesman
As sure as the wheat fields rising every spring and the Chiefs losing home playoff games, Kansas Jay…

Kansas basketball looks ahead to Baylor, ksn
The Jayhawks will look to win their fifth straight game of the season, and 11th straight against Baylor.

Jayhawks’ outside-shooting, four-guard lineup is here to stay, FOXSports
Kansas coach Bill Self says he will not change the unusual four-guard lineup the Jayhawks have been using this season.

Lady Bears Basketball

Women’s basketball will face challenge in No. 4 Baylor, kstateCollegian, After starting Big 12 conference play off with a 3-4 record, the Kansas State women’s basketball team will be looking to even out its record with an upset win on the road against No. 4 Baylor on Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Wildcats are 11-7 overall this season, and they recently fell at home to the University of Oklahoma 76-71. The team has picked up two wins against ranked teams in conference play with a victory on the road against No. 12 West Virginia University and a win at home against No. 20 Oklahoma State.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Baylor Bears have been nearly perfect this year. The team’s only loss in its 16-1 record came on the road against No. 8 UCLA, 82-68. K-State played UCLA earlier in the year and lost as well, 64-55.

Junior guard Kayla Goth has been a catalyst for the Wildcat offense. Goth currently leads the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game. She also leads the Wildcats in assists, averaging 6.5 per game.

Baylor lands three seed, NCAA rankings reveal, Lariat. The Lady Bears have work to do if they want to find their way back on the top line of the bracket come Selection Sunday.

Lady Bears ranked 9th in NCAA selection committee’s viewpoint, WacoTrib, Ranked fourth in the country in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ polls, along with being projected as a No. 1 seed by ESPN’s bracketologist Charlie Creme Thursday afternoon,

NCAA inexplicably projects Baylor Lady Bears as No. 3 seed, DieHards, The Baylor Lady Bears lead the nation in margin of victory (35.7 points per game) and have one loss this year. The NCAA has them as a No. 3 seed. Huh?

Baylor Lady Bears’ No. 3 seed is biggest shocker in NCAA’s first reveal, ESPN, Including Oregon as a No. 1 seed isn’t a hard sell, but Baylor falling off the top line and all the way to a No. 3 seed was the lone shocker as the NCAA revealed its top 16 teams Thursday, Charlie Creme writes.

No. 4 Lady Bears hold Cyclones to chilly shooting in 79-50 romp, BearsExtra, It was 20 degrees outside in Ames, Iowa when No. 4 Baylor tipped off against Iowa State inside Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones didn’t shoot above the external

Cox, Brown Power No. 4 Lady Bears Past Iowa State – Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Lauren Cox was one block short of a triple double (21 points, 15 rebounds, 9 blocks) as the No. 4 Baylor Lady Bears defeated Iowa Satte, 79-50, Wednesday night in Ames.

Brown, Cox help No. 4 Baylor roll past Iowa State, 79-50, tylerpaper, Just 20 seconds into her first career start, Baylor freshman Didi Richards scored on a putback.

Women’s basketball: Bears dominate Cyclones again, AmesTribune
The Iowa State women’s basketball team was dominated by Baylor in a 79-50 beatdown Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum.Nearly everything that could have gone wrong for the Cyclones did early, as Baylor dominated from the opening tip to the final whistle.The first quarter, especially, put the Cyclones (8-10, 2-5) in a hole, though Wednesday, all around, was bad news, via the Bears, for the Cyclones.“They’re a monster; we had no answer for them inside,” ISU coach Bill

No. 4 Baylor dominates Iowa State women 79-50, DesMoinesRegister
Iowa State digs itself in early hole against Baylor and never can recover.

Cox, Brown spark road win over Cyclones, Lariat, The No. 4 Baylor women’s basketball team picked up a 79-50 road win over Iowa State Wednesday night in Ames, Iowa.

Sophomore forward Lauren Cox posted a near triple-double, tallying 21 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high nine blocks in the win.

Freshman guard Didi Richards, making her first career start, cleaned up a miss by junior center Kalani Brown and put it back in to get the Lady Bears on the board first. Baylor jumped out to a 13-2 lead before the first media timeout.

Freshman guard Alexis Morris drained a corner 3-pointer to bring the Baylor lead to 19-2 at the end of the first quarter. Two points in the first quarter is the lowest in school history for Iowa State.

Lady Bears hammer Iowa State for a second time this season, KWTX, The Baylor Lady Bears hammered Iowa State Wednesday night in Iowa, 79-50.

Baylor runs Iowa State out of Hilton Coliseum, iowastatedaily, No. 4 Baylor handled Iowa State with ease.

No. 4 Baylor slaughters Cyclones after ISU’s embarrassing start, SwishAppeal, Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox were unstoppable as their combined 46 points, 24 rebounds, and 10 blocks led No. 4 Baylor in a rout of Iowa State.

No. 4 Baylor concludes three-game road trip with 29-point win over Cyclones, BearsIllustrated, The No. 4 Baylor Lady Bears (16-1, 6-0 Big XII) played with their hair on fire in their 79-50 thrashing of the Iowa State Cyclones (8-10, 2-5 Big XII).

Tennis

Women’s tennis hits the court this weekend, Lariat, Baylor women’s tennis opens the season at 11 a.m. Sunday as they travel to Houston to take on Rice.

The Lady Bears are ranked No. 20 in the preseason national poll and were picked to finish fifth in the preseason Big 12 poll.

Baylor boasts a young lineup with five freshmen, three sophomores, one senior and a total of three returning players.

Senior Theresa Van Zyl and sophomores Angelina Shakhraichuk and Jessica Hinojosa return after lettering last year.

Freshmen Livia Kraus, Katelyn Parker, Kristina Sorokolet, Dominika Sujova, Giorgia Testa and Italian transfer sophomore Camilla Abbate join the Baylor program.

Head coach Joey Scrivano said he hasn’t coached a team this young in almost 10 years, but that Baylor team was one of the best in school history.

“Its been a long time since we’ve had a team this young,” Scrivano said. “This team has a lot of the characteristics of that 2008 team- young, but a lot of potential.”

Legends

Acrobatics & Tumbling All-American becomes MMA champ | The Baylor Lariat, Hailey Cowan, a former Baylor Acrobatics and Tumbling team member and two-time All-American, is now an amateur world champion on a different mat.

“If you knew me in acro, I was very confident and a lot of people thought I was arrogant and a little cocky, but I wasn’t. I was just very confident in what I did,” Cowan said. “I knew that I was very athletic and fast and very strong from all the years of gymnastics and all the years in acro, so I kind of came into MMA with that same mindset.”

When Cowan walked into the mixed martial arts gym, she thought she was going kill everyone based on how they looked. However, after a girl triangle chocked her about seventeen times in five minutes, she learned not judge a book by its cover. She said she was completely humbled after that.

After hard work and training every single day, she is 2-0 as a mixed martial arts fighter.

“[With] gymnastics, I was good at a state level. Acrobatics and tumbling, I was good at a national level. I want to be the best in the entire world,” Cowan said.

Track & Field

Track & Field Continues Indoor Season at Texas A&M Quadrangular – Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor’s track and field team will make the short trip to compete at the Texas A&M Quadrangular on Saturday inside the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium at the McFerrin Athletic Center in College Station, Texas.

Aggies host Arizona State, Baylor and Texas in Quadrangular on Saturday, KBTX, In hosting the Texas A&M Quadrangular on Saturday the Aggies will compete against Arizona State, Baylor and Texas in a scored meet, utilizing a dual-meet scoring system.

Baseball

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Acrobatics & Tumbling All-American becomes MMA champ

By Meredith Aldis | Broadcast Reporter

Hailey Cowan, a former Baylor Acrobatics and Tumbling team member and two-time All-American, is now an amateur world champion on a different mat.

“If you knew me in acro, I was very confident and a lot of people thought I was arrogant and a little cocky, but I wasn’t. I was just very confident in what I did,” Cowan said. “I knew that I was very athletic and fast and very strong from all the years of gymnastics and all the years in acro, so I kind of came into MMA with that same mindset.”

When Cowan walked into the mixed martial arts gym, she thought she was going kill everyone based on how they looked. However, after a girl triangle chocked her about seventeen times in five minutes, she learned not judge a book by its cover. She said she was completely humbled after that.

After hard work and training every single day, she is 2-0 as a mixed martial arts fighter.

“[With] gymnastics, I was good at a state level. Acrobatics and tumbling, I was good at a national level. I want to be the best in the entire world,” Cowan said.

Her coach later agreed that he was going to make her a world champion.

And that is exactly what she became. After her fight in November, she became the women’s flyweight champion.

“During the fight you’re calculating everything, you’re zoned in on what she’s doing because you’re having to slip, you’re having to move, you’re having to counter, you’re having to wait for take downs,” Cowan said. “There is so much going on. So no, I didn’t feel invincible. But I did before and I did after because someone’s got to feel that way, so why not me?”

Cowan’s next fight is on Feb. 16 in Dallas.

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Women’s tennis hits the court this weekend

Senior Theresa Van Zyl looks on in anticipation of her opponent’s serve.
Courtesy of Baylor Athletics

By Ben Everett | Sports Writer

Baylor women’s tennis opens the season at 11 a.m. Sunday as they travel to Houston to take on Rice.

The Lady Bears are ranked No. 20 in the preseason national poll and were picked to finish fifth in the preseason Big 12 poll.

Baylor boasts a young lineup with five freshmen, three sophomores, one senior and a total of three returning players.

Senior Theresa Van Zyl and sophomores Angelina Shakhraichuk and Jessica Hinojosa return after lettering last year.

Freshmen Livia Kraus, Katelyn Parker, Kristina Sorokolet, Dominika Sujova, Giorgia Testa and Italian transfer sophomore Camilla Abbate join the Baylor program.

Head coach Joey Scrivano said he hasn’t coached a team this young in almost 10 years, but that Baylor team was one of the best in school history.

“Its been a long time since we’ve had a team this young,” Scrivano said. “This team has a lot of the characteristics of that 2008 team- young, but a lot of potential.”

The 2008 Baylor women’s tennis team went 32-3, including an undefeated conference schedule and a trip to the NCAA Tournament Finals.

Van Zyl said the freshmen on this year’s team have one extremely valuable quality: competitiveness.

“They love to compete, which is an awesome thing because tennis is about competing and making the opponent quit and I see the freshmen doing it very well,” Van Zyl said.

The Bears graduated two of their top three players from last season, Blair Shankle and Rhiann Newborn, while the third, Elizabeth Profit, transferred to Tennessee.

Van Zyl, the lone upperclassman on the team and likely the No. 1 player, said she has improved her game drastically from last year.

“The most improvement I’ve seen in my game is being more mentally tough, being more relaxed on the court and making better decisions,” Van Zyl said. “Learning how to play more strategically and also improving my fitness a lot.”

The other two returning players, Hinojosa and Shakhraichuk, often played at the No. 5 and No. 6 slots during the 2017 season.

Scrivano said the two sophomores need to stay consistent and keep improving as players.

“Angelina [Shakhraichuk] and Jessica [Hinojosa] were a big piece of the puzzle last season,” Scrivano said. “Our expectations of them is keep doing what they’re doing. Keep being rock solid and steady. As long as they keep learning and growing, they’ll be fine.”

Rice is unranked, but they have more experience with three seniors and a junior to lead them.

Scrivano said the Owls are a tough out, especially on their home court.

“We have a lot of respect for Rice,” Scrivano said. “This is going to be a really, really tough match. They definitely have more experience than us. This is going to be an incredibly good opportunity for us to see where we stand.”

Following the match against Rice, the Lady Bears return home to take on Western Michigan and New Mexico in a doubleheader at 11 a.m. on Jan. 26 at the Hurd Tennis Center.

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