Friday, March 13, 2009

The Madness Begins Cont.

The 9th seed Baylor Bears upset the 1st seed Kansas Jayhawks:
The Bears knocked out the defending national champion Jayhawks with an impressive 71-64 victory. Kansas got behind early and was down by 17 points at one point in the first half. The Jayhawks fought back and took the lead in the second half but couldn't put the game away. The Bears were led by their sophomore guard LaceDarius Dunn who finished with 24 points and 6 rebounds.

What it means for the Baylor? The Bears were not a tournament team coming in to the Big 12 Tournament after managing only a 5-12 record in the conference. Now with upsets over Nebraska and Kansas, Baylor is only two wins away from winning their conference tournament and an automatic bid. Baylor will need two win out to get a bid but showed yesterday that they are capable of doing so and being the Cinderella of the Big 12.

What it means for Kansas? The Jayhawks are definitely in the "big dance", but the question is now where will they be seeded? Had Kansas won the Big 12 tournament and gone through Oklahoma to do so, they would have been in the mix for a number 1 seed. Even if they didn't get a number 1 or had lost in the Big 12 finals they would have been pretty assured of a 2 seed. Now with the quarterfinal loss the Jayhawks will be lucky to maintain a 2 seed and have to hope that they fall no further than a 3 seed.

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