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Wednesday's Bracketology Breakdown
8:37 A.M., WED., FEB. 29, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
Twitter: @BaylorMBB, @BaylorAthletics | Facebook: Baylor Athletics

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

For the third consecutive week, Baylor sits firmly on the 3-seed line according to the Bracketology experts. Some bracketologists merely list Baylor as a 3 seed, while others predict the region, the first/second round site and the opponent. When you take all of those variables into consideration, the consensus is Baylor will be playing in Albuquerque, N.M.

Two bracket projections offer intriguing potential second-round matchups. ESPN's Joe Lunardi (Joey Brackets) has 3 seed Baylor against 14 seed Nevada. That game is paired with 6 seed Murray State and 11 seed Seton Hall. CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm also has Baylor as a 3 seed (vs. 14 seed Weber State), but has that game paired with 6 seed Creighton/11 seed BYU. Creighton is coached by former Iowa State head man Greg McDermott (his son Doug is a national POY candidate); Baylor knocked off BYU in Provo in December.

By this time next week, Bracketology will begin to look clearer (or not). In 11 days, we'll know if we're headed to Albuquerque or a yet-to-be-projected destination. In the meantime, here's Wednesday's Bracketology Breakdown:

BRACKETOLOGIST SEED REGION OPPONENT
Bracketville 3 East Nevada
Jerry Palm (CBSSports.com) 3 East Weber State
Ryan Fagan (SportingNews.com) 3 --- ---
Bracket WAG (CollegeInsider.com)
3 East Drexel
Andy Glockner (SI.com)
3 East Nevada
Joe Lunardi (ESPN.com)
3 South Nevada
Patrick Stevens (Washington Times)
3 Midwest Nevada
The Hoops Report
3 East Weber State
Rush The Court
3 East Akron
CollegeHoopsNet.com
3 --- ---
Mike Huguenin (Yahoo! Sports)
3 --- ---
Brad Evans (Yahoo! Sports)
3 --- ---

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Brady Heslip Feature for The Score
4:58 P.M., THU., FEB. 23, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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Jason Thom, basketball resporter for The Score Television Network, traveled to Waco last month for an exclusive feature with Baylor's Canadian sharpshooter Brady Heslip (#DowntownCanadian).

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Wednesday's Bracketology Breakdown
12:45 P.M., WED., FEB. 22, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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Selection Sunday is a mere 18 days away. And, after a 23-5 start, there seems to be a consensus among the Bracketologists...for now. If Baylor continues along its current path, all signs point to Baylor being a 3 seed in Albuquerque. But, as has been proven over the last several years, Bracketology is a very inexact science and sometimes variables change.

I still believe that a strong finish in the regular season and a run at the Big 12 Championship could boost Baylor to a 2 seed, but the Bears should be no worse than a 3 seed. Just remember Baylor's seed during its 2012 Elite Eight run...the Bears were also a 3 seed. Here's Wednesday's Bracketology Breakdown:

BRACKETOLOGIST SEED REGION OPPONENT
Bracketville 3 East Drexel
Jerry Palm (CBSSports.com) 3 West Akron
Ryan Fagan (SportingNews.com) 3 --- ---
Andy Glockner (SI.com)
3 East Nevada
Joe Lunardi (ESPN.com)
3 South Nevada
Patrick Stevens (Washington Times)
3 West Nevada
The Hoops Report
3 South Davidson
Rush The Court
3 East Drexel
CollegeHoopsNet.com
3 --- ---
Brad Evans (Yahoo! Sports)
3 --- ---

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The Man, The Myth, The Acy
2:30 P.M., TUE., FEB. 21, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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The legend of Quincy Acy began when the freshman made his first 20 field goals to start his college career. Then, the legend grew after his 10-dunk performance against the Texas Longhorns in the 2010 regular-season finale. Acy's legend added another chapter during Monday's 77-72 win over the Longhorns in Austin. Baylor's heart-and-soul poured in 22 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in 39 minutes to help the Bears erase a 12-point second-half deficit to complete a sweep of the Longhorns.

Acy had 8 points and 8 rebounds at halftime. The Mesquite, Texas, native responded with 14 second-half points, including a pair of 3-point plays. Eight of Acy's 16 boards came on the offensive end. Acy has 1,256 career points and needs 104 more to crack Baylor's top 10 list.

His performance earned a post-game interview with ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe. On his way to his radio interview with John Morris and Pat Nunley, he shook hands with Bob Knight, who was very complimentary of Acy's performance, stating that Acy's second-half play was the best he'd ever seen. That's saying something.

I've never seen a player compete with such an endless supply of energy like Acy. In practice or in a game, Acy is going 100 miles-per-hour. He will give you 100% every time. Expect Acy to add a few more chapters to his legend before the season and postseason are over.

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Alex Holcombe, 2012 Baylor Basketball Legend
3:57 P.M., FRI., FEB. 17, 2012
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Alex "Big Chief" Holcombe will be recognized as the 2012 Baylor Basketball Legend during Saturday's game at the Ferrell Center. A Houston native, Holcombe was a three-year varsity letterwinner for the Bears from 1991-93, earning first-team All-Southwest Conference honors in 1993 as well as second-team NABC All-District honors that same year.

Holcombe currently ranks 3rd all-time in FG percentage and 7th in blocked shots. In 1993, Holcombe led the Bears in scoring, blocked shots and rebounding.

A second-round pick of Sacramento Kings in the 1993 NBA Draft, Holcombe played professionally in Europe and Asia for eight seasons. He currently lives in Missouri City, Texas, where he works in law enforcement and he is also a licensed minister. He and his wife, Angela, have two sons.

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Wednesday's Bracketology Breakdown
10:52 A.M., WED., FEB. 15, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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It's post-Valentine's Day and, while Baylor has lost some national love after two losses to Top 10 opponents last week, most NCAA tournament projects predict the Bears will be either a 2 or a 3 seed when the Field of 68 is unveiled next month. At 22-4 overall and 9-4 in Big 12 play, Baylor will make its 7th NCAA tournament appearance in program history this season. Baylor's RPI currently stands at 7 after four losses to a pair of Top 10 teams: at No. 7 Kansas, home vs. No. 5 Missouri, home vs. No. 7 Kansas and at No. 4 Missouri. Head Coach Scott Drew has said in several interviews that Baylor may have the most "quality" losses of any team in the nation. By quality, he means highly-ranked teams; both Kansas and Missouri could very well advance to the Final Four.

Baylor is 18 games over .500 for the second time this season and will be have its NCAA tournament dancing shoes on next month.

It's not a matter of if the Bears make the "Big Dance."

Now, it's only a matter of Baylor's seed, region and first-round opponent. With five regular-season games remaining, Baylor could be as high as a 2 seed and as low as a 4 seed come tournament time. While many national bracketologists think Baylor has lost out on a No. 1 seed, the Bears still have a glimmer of hope and could get one of the four No. 1 seeds if they were to finish very strong in the regular season and the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City.

With that said, I feel fairly confident that if Baylor were to finish with 13 or 14 conference wins, the Bears will be in the 2-3 seed range. Here's Wednesday's Bracketology Breakdown:

BRACKETOLOGIST SEED REGION OPPONENT
Bracketville 3 East Nevada
Jerry Palm (CBSSports.com) 3 South Bucknell
Ryan Fagan (SportingNews.com) 3 --- ---
Andy Glockner (SI.com)
2 South Davidson
Joe Lunardi (ESPN.com)
3 East Nevada
Patrick Stevens (Washington Times)
2 Midwest Belmont
Eric Prisbell (WashingtonPost.com)
2 East Bucknell
Rush The Court
3 East Akron
CollegeHoopsNet.com
3 --- ---
Brad Evans (Yahoo! Sports)
3 --- ---

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An All-Access Look at Baylor Basketball
4:09 P.M., THU., FEB. 9, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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Things have been a little different around the Ferrell Center this week. A three-man ESPNU crew was on campus Tuesday and Wednesday to chronicle a two days in the lives of the Baylor basketball team for ESPNU All-Access: Baylor, which will air Wed., Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. CST. For 48 hours, the camera crew followed head coach Scott Drew and the coaching staff, athletic trainer David Chandler, John Morris and players as they prepared for Wednesday's Top 10 showdown against Kansas.

Following Coach Drew's tour of the Baylor basketball offices, senior Fred Ellis (above) gave an in-depth tour of the Baylor campus, pointing out such spots as Baylor Ballpark, Getterman Stadium, the Highers Complex, the Baylor Law School, the SUB, the Immortal Ten statue, Joy and Lady, Pat Neff Hall and the Baylor Science Building. Later on Tuesday, the cameras looked on as the players went through their pre-practice preparations as well as a visit by Baylor alum Drayton McLane.

The cameras also captured a few of the guys walking to class and sat in on Dale Connally's class Wednesday morning. Afterwards, the cameras returned to the Ferrell Center for shootaround, pre-game meal and a fantastic chapel sermon by team chaplain, Pastor Mark Wible. Wednesday's shoot concluded with Baylor taking on No. 6 Kansas in front of a sold-out Ferrell Center crowd. While the end result did not favor the home team, next week's All-Access show will be a fun 30-minute show that all of Baylor Nation will enjoy.

But the all-access look did not end Wednesday...

A film crew based out of Dallas is also in town this week as part of CBS Sports' "Confidential" series that will air throughout the month of March on CBS, TNT and truTV. The CBS show will begin with Wednesday's pre-game preparations and then follow Baylor through its Thursday practice and prep, Friday's travel day to Missouri and conclude with Baylor's game Saturday at No. 4 Mizzou.

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Wednesday's Bracketology Breakdown
11:25 A.M., WED., FEB. 1, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
Twitter: @BaylorMBB, @BaylorAthletics | Facebook: Baylor Athletics


The Fundamentals of Bracketology. That is the name of the real online course that is offered by Saint Joseph's University and is taught by "Joey Brackets" himself, Joe Lunardi. Since Lunardi's debut and skyrocketing popularity, more "bracketologists" have emerged in recent years, which makes for our weekly Bracketology segment that much more informative.

With Baylor 19-2 overall, No. 6 in both polls and No. 3 in the RPI, it's no real surprise that the Bears are projected as either a 1 or 2 seed in the latest mock brackets. Here's Wednesday's Bracketology Breakdown:

BRACKETOLOGIST SEED REGION OPPONENT
Beyond the Arc (NBCSports.com) 1 West Norfolk State
Jerry Palm (CBSSports.com) 1 West Weber State
Ryan Fagan (SportingNews.com) 1 --- ---
Andy Glockner (SI.com)
2 West Belmont
Joe Lunardi (ESPN.com)
2 West Weber State
Patrick Stevens (Washington Times)
2 Midwest Belmont
Eric Prisbell (WashingtonPost.com)
2 East Bucknell
Rush The Court
2 West Bucknell
CollegeHoopsNet.com
2 --- ---
Brad Evans (Yahoo! Sports)
2 --- ---

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