THE WAIT IS ON

The last time the Baylor Bears men's basketball team has been to the NCAA Tournament was in 1988. Today, the Baylor Bears will find out if they are headed to The Dance, or if they will be playing in the other postseason tournament.

The last time the Baylor Bears men's basketball team went to the NCAA Tournament Ronald Reagan was President of the United States, George Michael's "Faith" was atop the music charts, and Michael Douglas won the Oscar Award for best actor for his role in the motion picture Wall Street. The Bears played in the Southwest Conference, Gene Iba was the head coach, and Melvin Hunt was a team leader. That was then.

Flash forward twenty years, and the Baylor Bears are on the verge of heading back to the NCAA Tournament. The Baylor Bears finished the regular season with a 21-9, 9-7 record. The team set a new school record for most points scored, is only the 4th team in Baylor basketball history with 20 or more wins, and set a record for the highest attendance for home games in school history. Times have definitely changed, but Scott Drew is hoping that the NCAA Tournament Committee has noticed.

Scott Drew and staff have led the Bears to one of its most successful season in the history of the program, but now wait as their postseason fate is in the hands of the committee whose decision will be announced publicly today at 5:00 p.m. central time.

The Baylor Bears will hold a watch party at the Ferrell Center on the campus of Baylor University today, and the Baylor coaching staff, players, and fans will be in attendance. CBS, home of the NCAA Tournament, will have camera crews in Waco recording the drama that unfolds as the tournament field of 65 is revealed.

The Baylor hopeful are hoping that this particular afternoon will be one met with smiles and laughter; they have been waiting 20 years.

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