Baylor Bears basketball

Early years

Luther Burleson coached the first basketball staff at Baylor in 1907 also doubling as the football coach. In Baylor’s next season of basketball then cross-town rival TCU began their program that the Bears defeated twice during the 1908–09 season. Ralph Glaze’s (1911–1914) .788 winning percentage ranks at the top all time in college history. Ralph Wolf (1927–1941) lead Baylor to its first SWC Championship in 1932 after surviving and beating among the first great tragedies in college athletics in his first season as coach.
Immortal Ten
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On January 22, 1927, Coach Ralph Wolf’s Baylor Basketball group was traveling by bus to perform the University of Texas. As the bus passed through Round Rock, Texas, it approached railroad tracks on the south side of the business district on a drizzly, cloudy day. As the bus crossed the tracks the occupants failed to listen to the noise of the train whistle and ringing bell. The motorist caught sight of the train at the last minute and attempted to maneuver clear of but the Sunshine Special crashed into the bus at near 60 mph tearing off the roof and side.
The Immortal Ten Museum Ten Baylor students and basketball players were killed by the impact. [3] One participant, James Clyde”Abe” Kelly, pushed his buddy, Weir Washamout the window of the bus just moments before the effect, rescue Washam’s lifetime but costing Kelly his very own. The bodies of Kelly and Robert Hailey were discovered horrifically stretched throughout the cow-catcher on the front part of the train, with arms locked around each other and Kelly missing a leg. Ivy Foster Sr. of Taylor, Texas, had heard of the crash and rushed to the train station in Taylor to meet the train and assist where needed only to locate his son among the dead.
The deceased were Jack Castellaw, Sam Dillow, Merle Dudley, L.R. “Ivey” Foster Jr., Robert “Bob” Hailey, James Clyde “Abe” Kelly, Willis Murrary, James “Jim” Walker, and William Winchester.
The rest of the 1927 season was canceled. The catastrophe had reverberations over the whole nation and nation and led to the building of the first railway overpass at Texas in which the event occurred at Round Rock. Buses were later required to come to a complete stop and open the door at all rail crossings to listen for trains. The Immortal Ten narrative was commemorated annually since 1927 initially in Chapel services then later at the Freshman Mass Meeting throughout Homecoming Week. In 2007, the event was also memorialized in bronze on the Baylor campus at Traditions Plaza.
On the 90th anniversary of the catastrophe, January 22, 2017, the City of Round Rock held a memorial occasion to remember those who had been killed in the train-bus collision. In the event, the city dedicated the”Immortal Bridge,” that arcs over the railroad tracks where the accident occurred. Green lampposts, green-and-gold paint and other markings honor the 10 pupils who were murdered there. The event was open to the general public, and attendees comprised Baylor administrators and student leaders, the spirit squads, and Baylor’s Golden Wave Band.
Post World War II success Baylor men’s teams won five conference championships in the former Southwest Conference (1932, 1946, 1948, 1949*, 1950*; * discussed shared title). The Bears reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 1946, also reached the Final Four in 1948 and 1950. Bill Henderson’s 1948 team progressed to play the Kentucky Wildcats for the NCAA championship, but dropped 58–42 to Adolph Rupp’s first national championship team. The team advanced into the NCAA Final Four in 1950 under Henderson dropping to the Bradley Braves 68–66. Bill Menefee (1962–1973) would lead the Bears to a nationwide ranking in 1969 but failed to make the postseason that year. Menefee was the only trainer during the next 50 years to really have a career record of over .500, and might later serve as Baylor’s athletic director in the 1980s. Gene Iba’s 1988 NCAA tournament team are the very first NCAA tournament appearance for the program in 38 years.
2003 scandal
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The men’s basketball program was plagued by a scandal in 2003. Patrick Dennehy, a player for the team, was murdered by former teammate Carlton Dotson; then-coach Dave Bliss had been forced to resign amidst allegations that he had violated NCAA rules by making financial payments to four gamers and that he made improper statements to the media characterizing Dennehy as a drug dealer. The school placed itself on probation, limited itself to 7 scholarships for two decades and enforced a post-season ban for one year. Furthermore, the NCAA further punished the team by initiating a non-conference ban for the 2005–2006 year and expanding the probationary period during which the faculty would have restricted recruiting statements.
Decade Long Resurgence
The 2005 Bears were hindered by just using 7 scholarship players and recorded just one win in conference playwith. Regardless of those challenges, head coach Scott Drew was able to gather a 2005 signing class ranked No. 7 nationally by HoopScoop.
The basketball program undergone a resurgence under coach Scott Drew having an NCAA Championship appearance in 2008 for the first time in 20 years using a 9–7 conference record and the team’s first national ranking in 39 years. The January 23, 2008 116–110 5OT win over Texas A&M at College Station officially became the greatest game in Big 12 history. The 2008–09 team again was ranked early in the summer but stumbled to a 5–11 summit finish before heating in the Big 12 Tournament defeating both Kansas and Texas en route to the championship game versus Missouri, also lost by a score of 73–60. The 2008–2009 group recorded the program’s first postseason victory since 1950 in its initial round NIT victory over the Georgetown Hoyas in Waco.
The 2008–09 team went on to progress to the NIT Final where they fell to Penn State. The 2009–10 group was rated in both surveys and hauled off the biggest road win in school history over the afterward #6 Texas Longhorns at Austin 80–77 on Jan. 30th. The Bears closed out the season with a Big 12 age finest 11–5 record and #1 in the Big 12 championship.
The 2009–10 team was picked to finish 10th in the Big 12 in the Big 12 Coaches Poll as a result of graduation of several important players in the preceding calendar year. However, the group finished the regular season 23–6 and tied for 2nd in the Big 12 standings. After a 2–1 album at the Big 12 tournament, the Bears were rewarded with a #1 in the South Region of the NCAA tournament. The Bears defeated #14 seed Sam Houston State 68–59 in First Round actions and then conquered #11 seed Old Dominion 76–68 in Second Round drama to advance to the Sweet 16 hosted in Reliant Stadium in Houston. The Bear’s Sweet 16 match-up was 10 seed Saint Mary’s, that had defeated #2 seed Villanova the prior week ahead of the Sweet 16. The Bears won handily over the Gaels, 72–49, after leading 47–19 in the half. The Elite Eight was also held in Reliant Stadium and the Bears’ competition was the #1 seed Duke Blue Devils, the last #1 seed status in the NCAA tournament following the other three #1 seeds (Kansas, Syracuse, and Kentucky) were defeated by lower seeded teams. In front of quite a pro-Baylor crowd of over 47,000, the Bears were defeated by the Duke Blue Devils, 78–71, to finish the magic run to the Elite Eight. It was the best season in the Scott Drew age as characterized by convention standing, overall standing, wins, and NCAA tournament wins. The Bears finished the season ranked #10 in the last ESPN/Coaches Poll–the maximum ranking in program history at that moment.
The 2010–11 group started the season ranked 14th (according to the AP Preseason survey ). The Bears started 7–0, and rose to 9th in the polls before falling to Gonzaga in a neutral court in Dallas. The group ended 18–13 total and seven –9 in league play. The highlight of this season was Lacedarius Dunn getting the Big 12’s all-time top scorer, and a sweep of the series versus rated Texas A&M. After freshman star Perry Jones III was suspended from the NCAA for six games, the Bears proceeded to lose their first-round match of the Big 12 Championship from Oklahoma.
The 2012 season saw another historic campaign for the Bears since they followed the 2011 year with another successful conference run that saw the Bears win 30 games and make it to the Big 12 tournament title match. The Bears were selected for the NCAA championship and made it all of the way into the Elite Eight, which ended in a loss to eventual national champion Kentucky.
The 2013 year witnesses another winning campaign for the Bears since they followed up the 2012 Elite Eight season with another successful seminar run that saw the squirrels sweep both TCU and Texas Tech while only dropping one match to UT. The bears started out with a pre-season ranking of 19 in the nation. The Boys finish conference play .500 and have been selected for the NIT tournament. The Bears made it all of the way into the Final, which ended in a win over Iowa, winning the tournament before a sizable crowd in Madison Square Garden and promising that the 2013 NIT Title.

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