Can Baylor keep it up?

March, 12, 2009
03/12/09
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- All season long, Baylor has been one of the biggest disappointments in the Big 12.

At least for the first 15 minutes of the first half Thursday, the Bears are casting aside those bad memories.

LaceDarius Dunn already has torched No. 1 seed Kansas for 11 points and three 3-pointers to lead the Bears to a shocking 30-17 lead with 5:45 left in the first half. After they made their first NCAA tournament trip since 1988 last season, more of the same was expected for Baylor with a similar returning class.

But 10 losses in their final 12 Big 12 games left them listing coming into the conference tournament.

Baylor is 18-13, making an NIT berth a certainty with a strong finish. But the Bears will have to win out in the tournament -- something that has never been done by a Big 12 team that had to play in the first round of this tourney.

And they still have a long road against Kansas in this game, too.

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