#20 BAYLOR BEARS (7-1)
DECEMBER 6, 2013 – 10:00 PM
AT&T STADIUM – ARLINGTON, TX
TV – ESPN
KENTUCKY LEADS SERIES 7-1
12/1/2012: Baylor 64 KENTUCKY 55
3/25/2012: KENTUCKY 82 Baylor 70*
NCAA South Regional Finals @ Atlanta, GA
The Kentucky Wildcats and Baylor Bears went 32 years and 3 months without meeting on the basketball court. Now, the two teams meet for the third time in 20 months as part of a big men/women showdown at AT&T Stadium. This game is something of a rubber match as Kentucky won the big prize (a trip to the Final Four) in Atlanta, but the Bears got revenge at Rupp Arena a year ago, snapping John Calipari’s 54 game home winning streak.
The Bears started the season 6-0 and suffered a 74-67 loss to then #8 Syracuse. The Bears have a couple of good wins on their resume. The defeated Dayton 67-66 (who is now ranked #25) and a season opening 72-60 win over Colorado. Colorado has since won 8 straight games.
For the second straight game, Kentucky faces a team playing the disrespect card. Sophomore center Isaiah Austin had these comments about Kentucky:
“Coming out of high school, everyone wants to go with the hype,” he said. “Kentucky was the hype. … I made the best decision for me coming here. Coach [Scott] Drew is just as great a coach as coach [John] Calipari. We have just as great as faculty and staff. … Kentucky is not better than us in any way, shape or form.”
OK then. Tonight’s game should see plenty of zone from Baylor, which is something that John Calipari welcomes. Neither team should be too cocky as these are the two highest ranked teams in the preseason Top 25 that did NOT make the NCAA Tournament. Time will tell if UK will make Austin regret his words. Let’s meet the Bears.