What TCU’s Win Over Baylor Means For NCAA Tournament
What does TCU’s win over Baylor mean for the NCAA Tournament? Above all else, it means things are about to get interesting.
On Saturday, the Horned Frogs came in and shocked the world by upsetting the second-ranked Bears in Forth Worth, Texas.
Boasting an overall record of 15-13 and 6-9 in conference, nobody expected TCU to play as well as the team ultimately did. Along the same lines, nobody expected Baylor to choke in such epic fashion.
Down 28-21 at the half, Jamie Dixon’s group did not panic. They buckled down, bit on their mouthpieces and fought back as hard as they could. When it was all said and done, Desmond Bane recorded 23 points, five rebounds and four assists and the Horned Frogs ultimately outscored the competition 54-44 in the second half.
Baylor certainly tried hard to regain control of the game. With thirty seconds to go, they cut what was at one point a pretty sizable TCU lead to just three points, but ultimately they just could not close the deal.
With less than 20 seconds remaining in the outing, PJ Fuller was able to break free and score on a deafening slam dunk after escaping full-court pressure from the Bears.
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A short time later, TCU emerged with a 75-72 win.
The loss is Baylor’s third of the year and second in the Big 12. After winning a conference record 23 straight, the Bears have now lost two of their last three.
So what does all mean for the NCAA Tournament?
Well, now the Bears find themselves a full game out of the conference lead behind Kansas. It also means that Baylor will drop from the top two for the first time in the last two months.
That said, despite the defeat, Baylor should still be in the top-five – so all is not lost.