Waco, Texas – Johantan Motley scored 25 points and pulled down 9 rebounds, as the Baylor Bears (22-3, 9-3 Big 12) dominated the TCU Horned Frogs (17-8, 6-6 Big 12) by a final score of 70-52. Other than Motley, Baylor guards, Manu Lecomte and King McClure, scored 17 and 13 points respectively to help pour it on the Horned Frogs’ porous defense.
In a wire to wire victory, the sixth ranked Bears led by double digits most of the contest, while TCU never truly threatened Baylor in the second half of play; a half in which Motley only missed two shots and scored 17 points. TCU coach, Jamie Dixon and his Horned Frogs, led by Jaylen Phillips, had no answers for the Bears inside and perimeter scoring.
This win was a big one for the Bears, who had been recently struggling before this week, as they lost back to back games at Kansas, and at home against Kansas State. I was starting to wonder if Baylor was in serious trouble, or if they just were struggling against their fellow Great Plains state rivals up north.
Baylor usually plays close games and receives the best shot from the opposition, and they seem to be back on track in their winning ways, posting a win previously against a hot Oklahoma State team; a team that had a five game winning streak ended by Scott Drew’s squad.
In other news regarding the NCAA’s current bracketology, Baylor stands tall as a number one seed in the southern region. With a resume that can compete with anyone, and an ability to win games consistently in all different ways, Baylor looks like a force to be reckoned with, and for TCU’s sake, I am hoping that they can still make the tournament.
Baylor’s next contest will come on the road at Texas Tech, who just lost today to Kansas 80-79 via a late Josh Jackson free throw, while the Horned Frogs will face Oklahoma State in Fort Worth.