Baylor Men's Basketball in a Spiral

When the conference schedule for Baylor Men's Hoops began on January 11, the Bears seemed to be taking on the "tougher" teams in the league. They lost three successive games to Missouri, Texas, and Texas Tech that weren't close. Then they surprised with an overtime loss to Oklahoma State at home, by only three points. However, it was another successive loss and would be followed by fifth and six successive losses to Oklahoma and Iowa State. Then, finally, there would be a win . . .

That first conference win would come in Waco against Texas A&M, who was playing and losing without the services of big man Andy Slocum (7-0,260) who had been suspended since his January arrest for possession of steroids. The Bears won 77-69 in front of a Fox Sports Net Southwest television audience. Indeed the drought was over, but this was only a shower - it stopped the losing streak, but didn't start a winning streak.

The Bears would lose big the following week in a blowout loss of 49 points to Oklahoma in Norman, 91-42. This would be followed by a 21-point loss at home to Kansas. It appeared as though the Bears might be done with wins for the season, however that "appearance" would be pre-mature.

The Baylor Bears went up to #13 ranked Oklahoma State and shocked the world with a convincing 74-72 win over the Cowboys. Newspapers across the region explained it by saying that the Bears simply out-played, out-hustled, and beat the #13 ranked team in the country, who they also out-coached. More importantly, the win was only the beginning as the Bears would knock off Kansas State, in Manhatten for their second road-victory in as many games, and return home to defeat the Nebraska Cornhuskers. As far as droughts and rains, this was a deluge as the Bears lapped up any and every victory they could. But just like any other "Texas Thunderstorm" it ended as fast as it had started.

First the Bears took off down I-35 to Austin where they lost to the Horns by 18, 82-64. Then they would return home to Waco and lose to Colorado by 13, 72-59. However, next up was A&M, the team they broke their first long string of defeats against, but his time the game would be played in College Station and this time, Andy Slocum had returned from his suspension.

The Bears would be embarrassed and lose by 19, 79-60. Andy Slocum, who had been back long enough to have 4 other games under his belt, would have his best game since returning from his suspension. In only 16 minutes of playing time, Slocum would score 18 points and get 7 rebounds.

Meanwhile, it was the Bears with shooting woes as starting guards Kenny Taylor and John Lucas combined for 0-13 on the night. Stars for the Bears on this night were Matt Sayman and R.T. Guinn who had 13 points apiece.

The Bears will close out the regular season at home on Saturday (3:00 p.m. on ESPN+) against Texas Tech. Whether or not they'll end the current losing streak and end the season on a win, or will finish the season the same way they began, with what would be their 4th loss in a row, remains to be seen. However, even the Bears can't worry too much about that as the next step will involve the Big 12 Tournament which will begin on March 13, in Dallas, Texas

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