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Big 12: Baylor Bears have risen from a deep sleep

By John Rohde Modified: March 14, 2009 at 8:52 am •  Published: March 14, 2009
Hey, Baylor. Where the heck you been?

The Bears received high praise during the preseason, went 12-2 in non-conference play, started out 3-1 in the Big 12, then went into hibernation by losing 10 of their last 12 regular-season games.

Baylor’s Ferrell Center had become Pooh’s Corner. The Bears ventured to the Ford Center this week having been summarily de-clawed.

Yet everyone who plays Baylor always proceeds with caution.

Opposing coaches say the same thing, almost verbatim.

"You never know when they’re going to erupt.”

Baylor is the only Big 12 team to have three different players score 30-plus points in a league game this season — Curtis Jerrells, LaceDarius Dunn and Tweety Carter.

The Bears (20-13) indeed have erupted and will play Missouri (27-6) today at 5 p.m. in the Big 12 Tournament championship game.

Baylor is an opposing team’s nightmare. It’s a team you should beat because the Bears frequently help you do it.

Pardon the bluntness, but BU is widely considered the worst-coached team in the league.

Baylor coach Scott Drew often carries note cards in his hands during games, though it is uncertain exactly why.

No team has ever gone 4-0 in a Big 12 Tournament.

Win today’s championship game against Missouri and No. 9-seeded Baylor becomes the first 4-0 team and the lowest-seeded champion.

Win today and the Bears (20-13) secure an automatic berth to this year’s NCAA Tournament, which would give the Big 12 a record seven entries.

Yes, seven, for a conference that a month ago was begging for four.

Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are believed to have secured spots.

Baylor could make seven.

Had Kansas State managed to beat Texas on Thursday, the Big 12 could have been looking at eight.

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