Ron Hunter also had to spend the game kneeling on a scooter after he blew out his achilles in the team’s conference title win.
The South bracket features two huge match ups today, with both No. 1 seed UNC and No. 2 seed Kentucky starting their tournament slates. The Aggies are not a great shooting team, so Baylor should be able to have the big man drop back and offer a late contest on 2-point shots.
Jones, a senior guard who hasn’t played in almost a month because of a bone bruise in her surgically repaired left knee, is expected to be back on the court Saturday night when the top-seeded Lady Bears host SWAC Tournament champion and NCAA first-timer Texas Southern.
No. 3 seed Baylor faces No. 14 seed New Mexico State on Friday morning (9:40 a.m., Arizona time) at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.
But the Aggies bounced back in time to win the WAC Tournament, defeating CSU Bakersfield 70-60 in the championship game for the conference’s automatic bid. “But maybe we’ll get there in the next century, I don’t know, we’ll see”. And like those last two years, Baylor is once again facing a team that is under-seeded.
New Mexico State missed the tournament previous year and hasn’t made it past the first round in its past four appearances.
Sophomore guard Jake Lindsey believes the pressure to win, especially after two consecutive first-round exits, isn’t a factor. It’s just something you create to make a narrative, to make something more interesting.
This is the third time a portion of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will be played in SC.
Senior Ishmail Wainright, who has made the NCAA tournament in all four of his years at Baylor, said the only thing the team is concerned about is Friday.
New Mexico State is a 14-seed trying to pull off the unlikely and knock off a 3-seed. That’s our mindset. One game at a time.
But for those drama-seekers, it might come down to this: New Mexico State is hot and Baylor is not.
Must-watch game: There’s a few games worthy of this spot (Miami-Michigan State and Dayton-Wichita State come to mind), but let’s go with 11th-seeded Rhode Island and coach Dan Hurley taking on sixth-seeded Creighton in the Midwest Regional.
“There is no ideal scenario”. Drew also said All-Big 12 forward Johnathan Motley isn’t having any real issues with the dislocated finger on his left hand sustained against K-State.
With huge games off the bench from Maston and Freeman, Baylor no longer has to answer questions about first-round upsets. “It’s a small sample size and anything can happen”. “We were trying to do it against one more team tonight, and we were trying to do that with what I think we showed for 20 minutes, which is a team that just plays really hard, a team that plays together”. The third-seeded Bears have blocked six shots and played better on defense, yet they trail.
Maston continued to be a presence in the paint as he scored on a pass from Motley, drew a foul and hit the free throw for a three-point play.
Both teams hope to break through, but they are going about it in different ways.
Drew said Lecomte is healthy and ready to go.
– Grayson Allen had 21 points off five 3-pointers, Jayson Tatum had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and second-seeded Duke continued its flawless postseason with an 87-65 victory over Troy in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night to start the East Region. The game will air on truTV.