Baylor will take over at No. 1
That’s a reality now after the Bears squeaked by the Pokes on Saturday in Waco.
The Bears are unblemished with victories over Louisville, Oregon, Xavier, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Michigan State and VCU. They’re legit good. They’re one of only five teams with a top-15 offensive efficiency rating and a top-15 defensive efficiency rating. And they’ve got the best resume in the country undeniably. It’s an amazing story, all things considered. The Bears had zero Top 25 votes in the preseason. But they should be atop all college basketball polls Monday. [CBS Sports]
Like PFB Nate said, though, they are not really a No. 1-type team.
Baylor is easily the least likely to win it all #1 team ever.
— PFB_Nate (@PFB_Nate) January 8, 2017
Looking at the schedule. Weird fact: Baylor will be No. 1 on Monday and, almost immediately, an underdog at West Virginia on Tuesday.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) January 8, 2017
OSU women got torched by Baylor
We can’t beat Baylor in anything, it appears.
OSU coach Jim Littell said he wasn’t upset with the outcome because Baylor is a great team, but he expressed strong disappointment in his team’s effort and passion. “I am embarrassed the way we competed in this basketball game,” Littell said. “I thought we competed for 15-18 minutes, and when you play the No. 2 team in the country, the end result will be a 36-point defeat.” Littell also said no team in the country should be good enough to outrebound his team the way Baylor did. [O’Colly]
At least the men didn’t lose by 36?
Oklahoma State began its two-game Texas road trip without Lindy Waters, and it ended it without Waters, too. The freshman guard, who hurt his neck in practice and did not travel with the team, missed his second consecutive game. Oklahoma State is hopeful Waters, who started 12 of the team’s first 13 games, could return Wednesday against Iowa State. [Tulsa World]
They miss him right now. He’s Jeffrey Carroll Lite when he plays well, and OSU needs somebody else who can get a bucket when they need it.
Positive takeaway from Waco
The Cowboys (10-5, 0-3 Big 12) got better on Saturday, especially compared to their defensive performance against Texas on Wednesday. But they also lost their ninth consecutive regular-season Big 12 game, dating back to last February. It added up to mixed feelings about Saturday’s game.
“We keep competing like that, we’re going to win some games,” OSU coach Brad Underwood said. “They made plays tonight and got the offensive rebounds when they needed them. I knew that was the big key coming in.” [Tulsa World]
I actually felt pretty optimistic after the Texas game. I remain that way to an extent. This team will win a game it shouldn’t (at Kansas, at WVU, at Tech … something like that) and will likely right the ship at some point and surge a little towards the NCAA Tournament (hopefully making it). The bigger issue is how monstrous this league is. OSU isn’t good enough to truly be a force, and I don’t think I realized that coming into the conference year.
Home teams went 10-0 in the Big 12 this week pic.twitter.com/NdC8ITc8zb
— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) January 8, 2017
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