In Review: KSU 70 Baylor 63 Podcast & Thoughts

February 9, 2019
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Baylor (15-8; 6-4) falls to KSU (18-5; 8-2) in Waco, Texas.  The Bears were short handed after it was announced pre-game that Makai Mason and King McClure would not be able to play.  

Positives
  • Down 4 of their best players (Lindsey, Clark, Mason, McClure), the Bears fought hard to win against an experienced, good Kansas State team that has rattled off 8 straight Big12 wins.  The Bears led by 6 at the 10 minute mark in the second half, but the Wildcats experience shined down the stretch with a 29-16 run.  
  • Freddie Gillespie is going to help Baylor win a championship next year.  A conference championship and maybe in the hunt for a national championship as well.  That guy is getting better and better each game.  He scored 13 points; had 9 rebounds and 2 blocks.  Missing two front ends of 1 and 1s were the only flaw tonight.  
  • Great job scoring inside the arc (19-32) and also protecting the rim (7 blocks).  The main problem was KSU getting 15 free throw attempts in the second half and hitting 50% of their 3 point attempts after halftime.  
  • Valuable experience for Bandoo, Butler, Mayer, Thamba.  Shout out to Okeke for giving Baylor good guard depth as well.  This team plays HARD.
Needs Work
  • Ray Natali- SMH.  He was TERRIBLE.  Worst whistle for a non Kansas game in Waco that I can remember.  I won’t recount the absurd calls that he made.  It didn’t lose Baylor the game, but it in no way helped for a favorable Baylor outcome either.  
  • Free throw shooting.  Freddie missed two front ends of one and ones.  That didn’t help Baylor’s chances of winning this game.  
  • 3 point shooting (6-24) was off.  Not shocking given the loss of Mason and McClure but didn’t help Baylor’s cause.  
 
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