Now two weeks into December, we are on the precipice of a BU sporting junction I truthfully still have to pinch myself to fully believe. Our football team received the much anticipated invitation to break their bowl game draught. Baylor will appear in Houston's Fifth Annual Texas Bowl and our men's basketball team is currently enjoying week three of its reign in the AP top-ten.
Tis the season to be jolly indeed.
And despite the fact our official bowl game announcement occurred just over 48 hours ago, Baylor fans far and wide have `risen up' and have responded to the challenge of making Reliant Stadium look and feel like a home game.
For this team and staff, it's the least we could do.
That's what makes bowl games so fun and so meaningful for a program like ours. The Bears are afforded a great opportunity to both celebrate an already special season with an army of fans as well as start to build momentum for next year while getting three weeks more of practice under our belts.
I'm not sure I've ever booked flights as fast as I did Sunday night in all my life. An impromptu reunion with old friends in Houston for a bowl game versus my home's state school is quite the early Christmas present.
Amazingly, CIL has yet to pen more than a few lines about this year's hoopsters. Rest assured, hoops fans, this site (along with Yandle's 'Full Court Press') will have plenty of insight, analysis, reaction and commentary as we finally shift gears to our ELITE basketball program and a season that promises to be every bit as thrilling as last year's 28 win campaign.
Actually, FCP is a much better alternative for day-to-day followings and musings, but you already knew that.
The Bears reign ranked in the top-ten is sure to continue for at least two more weeks because they don't play anybody. Literally. The men are currently enjoying a little early Christmas/final exams break before returning to action a week from tonight with Bethune-Cookman. Three days later, BU's biggest-to-date test arrives when they play Gonzaga in Dallas.
And while Baylor's season is nearly a month into the season, it's understandable to feel we have yet to learn much about this squad, despite having played twice on national TV. If you're late to the hoops party, here's a crash course:
What we know:
Lace can still shoot from behind the arch. In his three games since returning to the lineup, Dunn has made 16 of 31 treys. Baylor's all-time scoring record is still very much in jeopardy.
Acy is still a beast. Quincy had an off game against Arizona State last week, otherwise he would be averaging a double double through the team's first seven games.
Perry Jones is getting better by the hour. The freshman sensation has already scored 25 in one game and has led the team in rebounds three times. As a team the Bears currently rank 17th in the country in rebounding, cleaning the boards 42.2 times per game.
What we don't know:
How this team will fare away from the friendly confines of the Ferrell Center. Baylor has yet to play a road or neutral site game. After the showdown with Gonzaga, BU heads to Honolulu where they are sure to be tested at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
Will the sloppy play continue? BU has committed an alarming 111 turnovers already this season, nearly 16 per game. This is up from last year's average of 13.6, an area targeted for improvement in the offseason.
Can AJ Walton fill the void of Tweety Carter? Walton's defense has been splendid again this season, as he leads the team in steals. His leadership and command of the back court are likely to develop in only his second season with the program.