Yesterday, we walked through the two exhibitions and 15 non-conference games that will prepare the Tigers for Last Tango in the Original Big 12. Today, it’s on to weightier things.
In recent years, the unbalanced, North-South split in Big 12 scheduling has favored
Baylor (2/23 at Mizzou Arena). Back in September, walking past a magazine stand, I pointed and laughed at all the college basketball previews stacked in rows. There’s so much you don’t know two months before the tip. Will Tony Mitchell be eligible? Will Josh Selby play? Now it’s November, and we still don’t know those things. But in the Big 12 race, the biggest thing we still don’t know is this: Will LaceDarius Dunn be back for Baylor? Dunn, indefinitely suspended following a domestic assault charge, is a first-team All-America candidate, and the single biggest reason that virtually everyone has picked the Bears to finish in the top four in the Big 12. With him, I think Baylor is probably a little overrated. Perry Jones, a likely lottery pick next summer, might be the most spectacular freshman in the nation this year. But the Bears lost Ekpe Udoh, the best defensive big man in the country. And while Jones is slated to fill that spot, there is no one who can replace Tweety Carter, the do-everything guard who facilitated Baylor’s offense. Still, the Bears can be very good, a sure-fire NCAA Tournament team. But without Dunn, they are a very fine front court (Perry Jones, Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones) with suspect guards. Given that this game comes so late in the season, the Bears will have plenty of time to coalesce before coming to
What to expect at the end of conference play? 12-4 is the over/under point. Play below that, and it means