Happy Wednesday, everyone! Sic ‘em Bears! In this, my inaugural postgame report, I’m going to use a format I decided on off the top of my head. Should cover everything. Ready?
If you live in Waco and you weren’t at the Ferrell Center today, where did you leave your sanity? That game was awesome! Much credit to Baylor Athletic Marketing and Coach Drew for pushing this game hard.
Man, where did Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. come from? What fantastic heart – very similar player to Ekpe Udoh or Quincy Acy in terms of raw spirit. What a fun kid to watch.
When is someone going to remind Jonathan Motley that he’s 6’10”, and weighs 230 lbs? This is one of my only complaints about today’s game – Motley still struggles with being as aggressive as his size in the paint. Meanwhile we’ve got 5’11” (maybe in heels) Manu Lecomte driving the lane like he’s 6’8”. I may have questions about him, but the guy is a stud. He accounted for 17 points, so there’s no question of his ability. I just think he hasn’t found his ceiling yet. Let’s go Jonathan! Play big, man!
First of all, WOW. Coach Drew has these guys playing at a very high level, and true to what he said in the post-game, it is a team effort. We matched or beat them in every statistical category, save for turnovers. It is a testament to his coaching ability that he’s able to mix and match lineups as much as he does and still not see a huge drop in production. Maston came in and hit some jumpers. Jake Lindsey gave us valuable minutes. We held #4 to 32% from the field and 14% from behind the arc. Wow. Just wow. A great team win.
Secondly, I’m thinking that we’re going to garner some votes in next week’s AP poll. This wasn’t just a win against a ranked opponent. This was a dominating win against a Top 5 team. This game was barely even in question. Two wins does not a season make, but people should stand up and take notice: don’t ever count Scott Drew’s Bears out.
Third, this team reminds me a lot of our team in 2007-2008. Gritty, determined, underestimated, with a lot of fight to spare. These guys like playing together. They’re going to be fun to watch.
Lastly, this win felt good. It felt good because it was a good win over a ranked team. It felt good because it was success for Baylor. It felt good because as rough as things have been in Baylor Nation lately, this was something we needed.
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