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Baylor Bears

Team RankingPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Big 12 74.7 (2nd)65.3 (4th)
Division I29th60th

Bears report: Getting inside

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A disappointing season for Baylor got even worse on the first day of the Big 12 Tournament.

Forward Perry Jones was declared ineligible for the remainder of the season by the NCAA, which alleged that the highly-touted freshman accepted improper benefits from an AAU coach while in high school.

Baylor did not conceal its contempt for the ruling and questioned the NCAA's timing, while also citing inconsistencies with other recent decisions regarding eligibility reinstatement.

In turn, the NCAA responded and indicated Baylor had actually been notified in January of potential eligibility issues regarding Jones. The NCAA also revealed the improper benefits totaled more than $4,100, a figure that exceeded Baylor's claim.

Without Jones, the Bears immediately flamed out in the Big 12 Tournament, losing to Oklahoma 84-67. The setback capped an 18-13 season for Baylor, which did not move on to the NIT after tying for seventh place in the Big 12 at 7-9.

"I hope no other institution, no other team, no other family or player ever has to go through what we did the last six hours," coach Scott Drew said after the loss.

Jones is expected to submit his name for the NBA Draft as a hopeful Lottery pick. His presence never led to a concerted push in the Big 12 as the Bears rarely played to their potential despite a long, athletic front line and the conference's all-time leading scorer, LaceDarius Dunn.

How the ruling affects the future of the Baylor program was unknown as the season concluded. The staunch defense of Baylor's role in the Jones matter suggests Drew is still held in high regard by his administration. Failure to play in the postseason, however, is a huge disappointment after the Bears reached the Elite Eight last season.

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