Baylor's basketball season is now three and one-half months and 28 games in the books. All that will decide this year's campaign will likely be unveiled in the next two games and six games.
BU's final pair of matchups will decide if this team returns to the sport's biggest stage. Yet it is only Saturday, the season's finale, that Baylor fans continue to anticipate with sweaty palms.
BU wraps up the regular season Saturday night against the Longhorns in the most anticipated sporting event to occur in Waco since...hmmmm well, truthfully I don't know.
Perhaps that's because ESPN's College Gameday has never been to the Heart of Texas.
That all changes Saturday at 9 am, when the Worldwide Leader in Sports arrives at the Ferrell Center to kick off the season's final Saturday. A mere 11 hours later, the Bears and Horns will lock heads; one team is cemented in the field of 68, the other needs one last signature win to solidify their resume.
It may not have been a dream season for BU, but it certainly could end in unforgettable fashion with a tourney-clinching win on national TV.
The Bears will undoubtedly have an added bounce in their step when they take the floor in front of their home fans for the last time this year.
Adding to the excitement and drama is BU's lone Senior and his quest for the conference's all-time scoring record. Sure, Lace could potentially break the record in Stillwater Tuesday night, but, knowing Lace's flair for the dramatic, I'm sure none of us are surprised if he saves this achievement for the big state on his senior night.
It all seems so apropos, doesn't it?
This Baylor team has driven us all mad. The expectations were high, the idea of a curtain call to last season's accomplishments was promising, but the season has been, in a word, `trying.'
The Bears failed in delivering a sound out of conference win, stumbled mightily in consecutive Big Monday appearances and lost to the league's currently ranked three worse teams. They've been sloppy
Yet they're one win away from righting the ship. They're likely just one win away from earning their third trip to the dance in four years. They're just one win away from becoming the tournament's signature sleeping giant.
One day away from March, the Madness is set to begin.