Daily Archives: March 1, 2013

Baylor’s NCAA Tournament chances might rest on the shoulders of Isaiah Austin

Every year, it seems like Baylor deals with the same old problem.

More than enough talent to win a Big 12 championship. Not enough coaching and team chemistry to live up to that potential.

Once again, the Bears (17-11, 8-7 Big 12) are trying to salvage their season with a late charge.

Can they pull one off? To his credit, Scott Drew’s teams have played their best basketball in March in two of the past three years. Three seasons ago, Baylor made it to the Elite Eight. Last season, the Bears knocked off Kansas and K-State in the Big 12 Tournament and advanced to another Elite Eight. The year in between, they lost their first Big 12 Tournament game and didn’t qualify for the postseason.

So what will it be this time? Baylor can certainly play spoiler in the Big 12 title race, with home games remaining against K-State and Kansas. If Pierre Jackson, who leads the conference in both scoring and assists, or Isaiah Austin, a potential NBA lottery pick, gets hot the Bears are more than capable of pulling off a few upsets.

But they have also lost six of their last nine games and would likely be NIT-bound if the season ended today. Maybe they will continue underachieving.

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