Monday, March 15, 2004

Remember Baylor?



By Dustin Dow
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Dance (Index)
Seeds: UK 1, UC 4, XU 7
Daugherty: Bandwagon jumpers look silly now
Seeds are planted, now for the games
Bracket breakdown
Women: UConn passed over for a top spot
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Men | Women

Local teams:
Cincinnati | Opp.

Xavier | Opp.
Kentucky | Opp.
Women's NIT: Miami, Xavier and UC in

Where would this team have been seeded?

It's hard not to think about what could have been for those teams that fail to make the NCAA Tournament. For Baylor, it's clear this season could have been a good one.

Baylor went 8-21 after a scandalous summer that included a murder, revelations of players being paid and coach Dave Bliss' resignation. In the aftermath, juniors Lawrence Roberts, John Lucas III and Kenny Taylor transferred to other schools without the penalty of having to sit out a season.

What they have done playing for their new teams prompts questions about how good Baylor could have been this season, minus the scandal and the Bears' self-imposed postseason ban.

A look at the Baylor Big Three

• Roberts, Mississippi State: 17.0 points, 10.4 rebounds; SEC Player of the Year, NABC first-team All-America, USBWA District IV Player of the Year.

• Lucas, Oklahoma State: 15.4 points, 4.7 assists; Big 12 first-team all-conference, USBWA District VI Player of the Year.

• Taylor, Texas: 7.9 points, 19.5 minutes; Longhorns' top reserve player.




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