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Baylor Staves Off Invasion by Sam Houston (State)

Posted on: March 18, 2010 5:19 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2010 2:02 pm

Without question, this is the best first afternoon of the NCAA Tournament in its history.  However the South Region (otherwise known as the "We Love you Coach K and its been awhile, so please thank us latter) Region is an utter joke and has been exposed as such over the course of three games.  Notre Dame was defeated, Villanova should have been defeated and today, Baylor survived a scare from Sam Houston State 68-59. 

If you watched the game, then you were probably mesmerized by Gilberto Clavell's 1980-edition Rec Specs and you missed the impressive performance by Baylor big man Ekpe Udoh, who is firmly cementing his status as a potential future NBA star.  The Michigan transfer had 20 points, 13 rebounds and was able to play a modicum of defense on Clavell in the second half, thus forcing Sam Houston State to jack up outside shots.  When Sam Houston State went cold in the last four minutes, Baylor took a late 8-0 run, and the upset was averted.

It was a great performance by Sam Houston, but it also showcases what could be a continuing theme throughout this bracket.  When it comes to Xs and Os, Scott Drew can look like a lost puppy in big games.  Sam Houston came out in a "Triangle and two" defense, a rarely used gimmick, that is rarely used because it is so easy to break.  The defense puts two individuals on the other teams' best players, and then sends the other three players to guard the rest of the court.  One step of penetration or changing of alignment (sticking your guards on the baseline) and the defense can be rendered ineffective.  However Drew didnt even make the simplest changes, suggesting that he (a) likely did not know how to beat the defense and (b) the Sam Houston coach suspected as much and designed it with that in mind.

Drew is a great recruiter, but when it comes to coaching big games, one wonders if he is up to the task.  He will get his chance to show again in two days, as ODU coach Blaine Taylor has a great basketball mind and players that can match up to Baylor's athleticism.

The Bears move on and the rec specs are retired.  Life sometimes is not fair.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: South

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2010 10:34 am

Not Impressed Matt

I agree with the others that the David Koresh comment was idiotic. Waco has something positive going on here.  You thought it would be fun to use an American tragedy to seem witty.  Maybe next time you can use the slaughter of Native Americans, slavery, Katrina, or 9/11.  That would be hilarious!   

I always find it amusing that the game is so easy to the critics.  Scott Drew took a program from the lowest of lows and turned them into a top 20 team.  And the bottom line is that they won the game.  

Not an impressive piece.  Please think then blog.  

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: March 19, 2010 10:06 am

Baylor Staves Off Invasion by Sam Houston (State)

Your "David Koresh" comment is beyond tasteless Maybe if you had been forced to watch all those children burn up, you would have through better of it. Too bad, Matt, that CBS can't afford some real writing talent. I guess that life is sometimes not fair.

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: March 19, 2010 9:19 am

Baylor Staves Off Invasion by Sam Houston (State)

I don't disagree that he got outcoached yesterday.  I was taking issue with the comments that basically say he is always outcoached and always will be.  BU has won games this year because of his coaching.  While SHSU's defense yesterday was a great call on Marlin's part, to go on to say that Marlin did it because he knew that Drew was not a good enough coach to figure out what to do about it is off base.  As for Drew not being able to coach big games, go back to last year's Big 12 tournament when BU knocked of KU and Texas on consecutive days in huge upsets, and then went to the NIT finals beating Georgetown and Va Tech getting there.  The fact that he got outfoxed one game that the team still won doesn't mean he never has and never will coach well in a big game.  There haven't been that many big games for BU until the last couple of years, but they haven't fared that poorly in them.

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: March 19, 2010 8:41 am

Baylor Staves Off Invasion by Sam Houston (State)

Scott Drew isn't garbage, but he was fooled by a triangle and two and never adjusted. That's just the facts people. I think we can go far, but there has been a few times in Drew's young career where he has been outcoached. He'll grow over time.

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: March 19, 2010 8:13 am

Baylor Staves Off Invasion by Sam Houston (State)

So we're talking South region here - #6 Notre Dame loses to #11 ODU, #7 Richmond loses by 9 to #10 St Mary's, and #2 Villanova has to go to overtime to beat #15 Robert Morris.  In other regions, #3 Georgetown and #4 lost, Marquette lost to a PAC10 team , and #3 New Mexico barely beat Montana.  And Drew is the coaching moron because he only won by 9 against a SHSU team that gave Kentucky a run for its money in Lexington?  I'm not going to argue that he's John Wooden, but Baylor is 26-7, 2nd place in the Big 12, and a 3 seed in the tourney.  You probably haven't followed Baylor basketball closely this year, but I assure you Drew has done way more than just roll the balls out for practice.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: March 19, 2010 8:12 am

Baylor Staves Off Invasion by Sam Houston (State)

The Koresh comment is out of line, but misspelling "later" means you work for CBS. 

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: March 18, 2010 10:45 pm

Baylor Staves Off Invasion by Sam Houston (State)

YOU ARE A MORON. Coach Drew has mastered the game of basketball and is working on an offense to counter the impossible to penetrate "trapezoid and three" defense.  Until he perfects the offense, he will settle for wins in the big dance, so suck it!  Sic' em Bears!

Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: March 18, 2010 8:03 pm

Baylor Staves Off Invasion by Sam Houston (State)

First NCAA tourney win for Baylor in 50+ years and this is the best you've got Matt? Fist Yourself.

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