BAYLOR BASKETBALL TEAMS GET UPSET WINS

The Baylor Men's Basketball team hadn't won a road game in 22 games. In addition, they were playing Big 12 opponent and 13-ranked Oklahoma State, whom they hadn't beaten in 11 straight games, and they were playing in Stillwater. Meanwhile, the Baylor Women were at home, hosting # 7-ranked Texas Tech. Tech's coach, Marsha Sharp was even attempting to gain her 500th win. Out-ranked and certainly over-matched, both teams did the improbable. Both Baylor teams won!

Questions have abound about Dave Bliss' Bears in year five and why they aren't winning more. Certainly part of it is youth, and most of it is competition from a very strong conference, but Baylor's fans are known for basing judgements on the bottom line - wins.

The Baylor Men on Saturday, however, simply outplayed the Cowboys of Oklahoma State. They hustled more, they were more disciplined, and apparantly, better coached. Hopefully this team is ready to come out of what some felt was a hibernation. Hopefully this game can act as a catalyst. With the Big 12 Tournament looming on the horizon, it couldn't come at a more opportune time.

The Baylor Women, to be frank, weren't expected to have much of a chance against their "Lady Raider friends" from Lubbock. Baylor seemingly had the game won in regulation, but Texas Tech gathered some much needed momentum towards the end of regulation to tie it up and send the game into overtime at 69-all.

Momentum is a funny thing, and one would have thought the momentum the Lady Raiders had to send the game into overtime would have continued, but Mo got derailed. By the time the Lady Raiders scored their first "overtime" points to be at 71, the Lady Bears were sitting at 81. The Bears could coast, and pretty much did as they won, 86-72. The only other point the Lady Raiders got was on the front end of a two-shot free throw. Marsha will have to wait on that 500th win.


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