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Posted on: March 9, 2011 3:15 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 8:47 pm
 

Reports: Perry Jones suspended tonight

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Heading into a must-win Big 12 tournament game against Oklahoma on Wednesday, Baylor needed all available resources.

According to reports, though, the Bears will be without starting forward Perry Jones.

A source told Jason King of Yahoo! Sports that Jones was suspended by the NCAA for the rest of the season for allegedly accepting impermissible benefits. 

Baylor is reportedly looking at appealing the decision.

Adam Winkler of KEYE TV in Austin first tweeted that Jones was suspended for tonight’s game, while 610 Sports in Kansas City cited TV reports saying that Jones might be done at the school for accepting benefits.

Jones, a 6-foot-11 freshman, is averaging 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season. He is projected as a top-five draft pick by some mock drafts.

Baylor, which is on the wrong side of the bubble right now, likely has to make a run to the conference title game in order to get an at-large bid. In Jones’ absence, Fred Ellis and J’mison Morgan will get more minutes in the frontcourt. 

The school has yet to release a statement regarding Jones' status.

Photo: AP

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Posted on: March 5, 2011 2:28 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2011 12:58 am
 

Bubbles boiling over on Saturday


Posted by Jeff Borzello

FINAL UPDATE: 12:50 A.M.

With so many teams still teetering on the edge of the bubble, this weekend is the last opportunity for dozens of teams to send a message to the committee before the conference tournaments. Fortunately, there are a ton of bubble battles and must-win situations throughout the day. The games might be overshadowed by conference tournaments and top-25 match-ups, but keep it locked here for all your bubble action.

Note: This page will be updated all day, with bubble discussion and analysis.

USC 62, Washington 60: This game threw as much of a wrench into the bubble picture as any game all day. If Washington won, the Huskies would have likely locked up a bid and USC would have been out of the at-large discussion. Now, who knows? The Huskies lost three of their final five games to end the season, going 11-7 in the Pac-10. They have two wins over UCLA and a victory over Arizona, but the non-conference resume is porous. Three sub-100 losses also don't look good. They need to beat Washington State in the quarterfinals on Thursday. USC is squarely in the mix right now. The Trojans still have to make up ground on the teams in front of them, but at least they are in the picture. They won five of six to end the season, own wins over Washington, UCLA and Arizona and have a couple of nice non-conference victories over Texas and Tennessee. This could be an interesting case on Selection Sunday if USC wins two in the Pac-10 tourney.

Texas 60, Baylor 54: Baylor had a shot to play itself in the field at home against a team that seemingly every bubble team has beaten the past few weeks – and the Bears couldn’t get the job done. 7-9 in the Big 12, an RPI in the 70s, three sub-100 losses – should I keep going? A win Saturday night would have given Baylor a legitimate shot, adding to its two wins over Texas A&M. Without the victory, the Bears have an awfully barren profile. Depending on how things play out, Baylor might be auto-bid or bust.

Colorado 67, Nebraska 57: A head-to-head battle between two Big 12 bubble teams just clarified the at-large pecking order within the conference. The Buffaloes were my last team in the field heading into the weekend, and this win should keep them up there. They have five top-50 wins, including two over Kansas State and one over Texas. The three bad losses are an eyesore, but at least they’re .500 in the Big 12 after winning three of four. As for Nebraska, losses in three of its final four games and an awful non-conference profile will do them in.

Utah State 72, Louisiana Tech 30: Well, that wasn’t very nice. The Aggies absolutely destroyed Louisiana Tech, sending a message with the margin of victory. They finished the conference campaign with a 15-1 record, and the RPI has now moved into the top 20. Given the soft bubble, it is going to be very tough turning down a team with those numbers. On the flip side, though, Utah State has just two top-100 wins, with a borderline top-50 victory over Saint Mary’s. I think the Aggies are in good shape, although any loss in the WAC tourney is a bad loss.

San Diego State 66, Colorado State 48: About two weeks ago, Colorado State was 8-4 in the Mountain West and looking good for a bid heading into a difficult stretch. Well, the Rams went 1-4 down the stretch and are now going into the conference tournament needing to win it. They have two top-50 wins, although one is over Southern Miss. Colorado State has a very weak non-conference resume and three sub-100 losses. The Rams went only 1-5 against the top three of the MWC.

UAB 66, East Carolina 48: The Blazers won the outright Conference-USA title with the victory. While the Blazers are not really in great position for a bid (in my opinion), a regular-season title combined with their excellent computer numbers, and they are in the mix. UAB came into the day with an RPI of 28, and has now won seven of eight to the end the season. Now, for the negatives. The best non-conference wins are over Kent State and VCU, and the three top-50 wins – Southern Miss and a sweep of UCF – turn into zero top-50 wins by the morning. The Blazers should play it safe and win the auto bid. 

Butler 76, Cleveland State 68: The Bulldogs knocked off Cleveland State for the third time this season, earning a spot in the Horizon League title game on Monday. They have now won seven in a row, moving to 21-9 overall. Outside of those three wins over the Vikings, though, Butler has just one other top-50 win – on a neutral court against Florida State. When you throw in all the bad losses the Bulldogs have, it might be best for them to just win the automatic bid.

Seton Hall 85, Marquette 72: Big East getting 11 bids? Hold off on that for just a few minutes. The Golden Eagles seemed like a lock after winning at Connecticut last week, but back-to-back losses to Cincinnati and Seton Hall put them squarely on the bubble. Marquette drops to 9-9 in the Big East and 18-13 overall, meaning another loss would be the 14th of the season. The Golden Eagles don’t have any bad losses and own four top-25 wins. They need to win at least on in the Big East tourney.

Oklahoma 64, Oklahoma State 61: Oklahoma State had very slim at-large hopes heading into the weekend, but now the Cowboys are heading into the Big 12 tournament with only the automatic bid as an option. The Cowboys have some good wins, including over Kansas State and Missouri, but 6-10 in the Big 12 simply won’t get it done.

Memphis 66, Tulane 61: The Tigers are still hanging in there, despite a long list of bad losses and negatives on the resume. They technically have six top-50 wins, although that number can quickly drop to two if UCF and Southern Miss fall out of the top 50 at some point. A run to the Conference-USA final is necessary for Memphis to think about getting a bid.

UCLA 58, Washington State 54: Washington State had an outside shot at a bid if it could pull off the upset over UCLA and then make a run in the Pac-10 tourney. With Klay Thompson suspended and Reggie Moore injured, though, the Cougars couldn’t get it done, falling in overtime. They have wins over bubble teams Baylor and Gonzaga, as well as two over Washington, but 9-9 in the Pac-10 and three sub-100 losses don’t look good.

Indiana State 61, Wichita State 54: Without a single top-50 win on the resume, the Shockers had little-to-no shot at hearing their name called on Selection Sunday without the automatic bid. Getting to the title game and being competitive was a necessity; they did neither.

Michigan 70, Michigan State 63: The intrastate battle had big-time bubble implications. With the win, Michigan now owns a season sweep of Michigan State – a significant trump card if the two teams are on the fence come Selection Sunday. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, their only other top-50 win was over Harvard. They still have work to do in the conference tournament. Michigan State dropped to 9-9 in the Big Ten, joining a logjam of potentially four teams. The Spartans have better wins than Michigan, with victories over Wisconsin, Washington and Illinois. A loss in the league tournament would be their 14th of the season, tough.

Alabama 65, Georgia 57: Alabama kept its at-large hopes alive with an impressive home win, bringing its SEC record to 12-4. If Florida loses at Vanderbilt this weekend, the Crimson Tide will earn a split of the SEC title. The Tide already had solid wins over Kentucky and Tennessee, but their non-conference resume is horrendous and they have a slew of bad losses. They might need to win their first SEC tourney game. Georgia would have clinched a bid with the road win, but the Bulldogs are still in decent shape. They have a solid computer profile and zero bad losses. They need to avoid bad losses in the SEC Tournament.

Missouri State 60, Creighton 50: The Bears needed to come back again in the Missouri Valley tournament, overcoming a halftime deficit. It remains to be seen whether they even have an at-large shot, but the best way to end the questions would be to win the title game on Sunday.

VCU 62, Drexel 60: It might be time to dust off the VCU profile after Jamie Skeen’s buzzer shot sent the Rams to the semifinals. Quality wins over UCLA and Old Dominion are more than some bubble teams can claim. A litany of bad losses and a 12-6 CAA record brings the profile down.

Clemson 69, Virginia Tech 60: A huge bubble match-up in the ACC could result in neither team making the NCAA Tournament. Virginia Tech went down 24-9 in the first half and was never able to recover. With this and the blowout home loss to Boston College during the week, all the good will the Hokies picked up with their win over Duke has disappeared. As for Clemson, the Tigers join Tech at 9-7 in the ACC. However, Clemson’s two best wins are over Boston College and Florida State – not exactly marquee victories. Both teams might need two wins in the league tournament. 

Richmond 68, Duquesne 56: Richmond continues to do what it has to do in order to get a bid on Selection Sunday. The Spiders ended the first half on a run and then coasted for most of the second half. They finished 13-3 in the Atlantic-10, winning their last four games, and 11 of their last 13. Richmond doesn’t have many marquee wins, but it does own a neutral-court victory over Purdue. Avoiding a bad loss in the conference tournament is a necessity.

Illinois 72, Indiana 48: The Fighting Illini certainly took care of business on Saturday, jumping out to a big lead early to avenge an earlier loss to the Hoosiers. Of course, the victory doesn’t do much to enhance the profile, other than the fact it gets them to 9-9 in the Big Ten. With wins over North Carolina and Wisconsin, as well as victories over fellow bubble teams Gonzaga, Michigan State and Michigan, Illinois should be in good shape.

Others: Maryland ended its season on a sour note, losing at home to Virginia by 14; Dayton finished 7-9 in the Atlantic-10, completing a disappointing regular season. 

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Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:52 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Dunn making history in mediocre Baylor season

LaceDarius Dunn will soon lead the Big 12 scoring listPosted by Eric Angevine

LaceDarius Dunn has 2,196 points credited to his DI career account. That makes him Baylor's career leader (big whoop, really), but also puts him just 61 points away from the record for the Big 12, which is currently held by Andre Emmet of Texas Tech (2,256). That's kind of impressive.

Set aside that Dunn hit his school landmark in a baffling non-conference game against NAIA school Wayland Baptist (pretty anticlimactic for all involved, I'm sure), and the fact that truly great scorers head to the NBA more often than not these days. What does nag at the back of one's mind is the belief -- firmly held by the vast majority of basketball pundits -- that Dunn's personal accomplishments should be the icing on a cake celebrating the Bears' triumphant return to the NCAA tournament, if not a Final Four run.

There's really no valid reason why Baylor is 6-5 in the conference standings. The trio of Dunn, Quincy Acy and super freshman Perry Jones should be more than enough to propel a team to the level just below Kansas and Texas in the league standings. Point guard A.J. Walton is no Tweety Carter, nor is he a block of wood. His 5.1 assists per game are more than KU's Tyshawn Taylor puts up, and double what any Texas lead guard option produces. All of the elements of team success are there.

With Dunn averaging 20.8 points per game, the Big 12 record will fall before the season ends. What is incumbent upon the senior, as leader of the Baylor team, is to make that individual success story part of an amazing comeback story for his team. In fact, Dunn should get it out of the way as soon as possible, because Saturday's visit from Texas Tech is the last gimme game on Baylor's schedule. After that, it's at Mizzou, host A&M, at Oklahoma State and a final game hosting the league's best team - the Texas Longhorns.

Come out of that gauntlet with a 3-2 split, and the Bears have an NCAA tournament resume. Let one extra game go -- giving extra weight to the need to beat Tech -- and the Big 12 tournament becomes this team's only hope for a berth in the Big Dance.

Congratulations go to Dunn for sticking in college four years and for his consistently excellent scoring touch. You can bet he'd rather have Big 12 wins than Big 12 records, however, and the path to that goal is laid out over the next two weeks.
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Posted on: February 5, 2011 10:20 pm
 

Couple of Big 12 teams keep bubble hopes bubbling


Posted by Matt Norlander


It's turned out to be a pretty fun Saturday, to be honest, and I'm sort of feeling bad about that post title from yesterday.

While there's still more content we'll give to you before the night's over, I did want to take a minute to give some dap to two Big 12 teams who went on the road and won in spots they really, really needed to. I apologize for the minor tardiness for this post, but Angevine and Jones are off the hook for the rest of the night, and I just got back from an assigment for a piece you'll see on the site come Wednesday.

OK, enough of my excuse-making; let's get to the controlled praising.

We'll start with Baylor (15-7, 5-4) first, as it had the more-impressive victory by defeating No. 16 Texas A&M, 76-74. Freshman (and one-and-done player, to boot) Perry Jones had a magnificent game, scoring 27, but it was Anthony Jones' tip-in at the end of overtime that sealed it for the Bears.

I did find myself in front of a TV for the end of regulation and overtime, and it was a bit odd to see Baylor play with such gumption in hostile territory. This could all be part of Texas A&M's grand plan to slowly but surely fade itself out of relevance (whatever relevance it very briefly flirted with a few weeks back) on the national scene, but point is, Baylor got the win and it wasn't easy. Who knows if it can snag an at-large. If it does, today will be considered the watershed moment. Next up: home against Nebraska Tuesday, at Texas next Saturday. A must-win followed by a tall task that Baylor simply can't get blown out of.

Speaking of game-winning layups, thanks to Jacob Pullen, the Wildcats won in a similar manner to their Bear brethren.

The opponent, Iowa State, isn't nearly the quality of the Aggies, but winning at Hilton Coliseum is considered to be one of the more underplayed tough tasks is all major-conference basketball.

Gun to my head, I'm not picking Kansas State (16-8, 4-5) to make The Tournament, but that's more to do with other conferences snagging up bids. (Big East with 11? Anyone with me there?). Had KSU lost today, few would've gotten out of sorts with it, but the Wildcats' season would have been, for all intents and purposes, over. Not the case anymore. K-State now gets a full week to rest before a road game at Colorado, then a home game against Kansas. Frank Martin's team must go 1-1 there.

Stay tuned for more posts. I've got quite the dunk video coming up. White boys straight flyin', yo! (K, I'll stop typing like that.)

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Tags: Baylor, Texas A&M
 
 
 
 
 
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