Baylor men’s basketball rode its success from the 2016-17 season deep into the NCAA tournament before being eliminated in the Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY.
While seeing the Bears fall short that far along the way may have been painful for Baylor fans and players alike, it might not be such a bad thing for the team going forward.
According to the Waco Tribune-Herald’s John Werner, Baylor head coach Scott Drew was optimistic about how the team would perform this season fresh off a Sweet 16 loss — hinting that the Bears could be playing with a little chip on their shoulders during the 2017-18 season.
“The great thing about playing in the Sweet 16 or going deep into March is the experience it gives to the returning players. It should make everybody a little hungrier. Always having four seniors is a good thing, especially coming off of postseason the last few years.” — Scott Drew.
Those four seniors — guard Manu Lecomte and forwards Jo Lual-Acuil, Terry Maston and Nuni Omot — will likely carry the burden for a Baylor team that lost depth with the departures of forward Jonathan Motley and now-football-player Ish Wainright.
Those aren’t the only losses for Baylor. Both Tyson Jolly and center Leonard Allen are sidelined due to medical reasons — forcing the Bears to operate on a limited roster for now.
Baylor enters the season ranked No. 24 in the AP Top 25 Poll and predicted to finish fifth in-conference in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll.
Baylor will tip-off the season against Central Arkansas on Nov. 10 at noon CT. The game can be seen on FOX Sports Southwest.
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