Baylor Bears basketball

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Early years

Luther Burleson coached the first basketball staff at Baylor in 1907 also doubling as the soccer coach. In Baylor’s next season of basketball afterward cross-town rival TCU began their schedule that the Bears defeated twice during the 1908–09 season. Ralph Glaze’s (1911–1914) .788 winning percentage rankings in the best all time in college history. Ralph Wolf (1927–1941) direct Baylor to its very first SWC Championship in 1932 after living and beating among the first excellent tragedies in college sports in his first season as coach.
Immortal Ten
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On January 22, 1927, Coach Ralph Wolf’s Baylor Basketball team was travelling by bus to play the University of Texas. Since 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 hear the noise of the train whistle and ringing bell. The driver caught sight of the train in the last moment and attempted to steer 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 have been murdered by the impact. [3] One participant, James Clyde”Abe” Kelly, driven his buddy, Weir Washam, out the window of the bus only moments before the effect, rescue Washam’s lifetime but costing Kelly his 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 wrapped around each other and Kelly missing a leg. Ivy Foster Sr. of Taylor, Texas, had heard of the accident and rushed to the train station in Taylor to meet with the train and help where needed simply to locate his son one of 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 remainder of the 1927 season was canceled. The tragedy had reverberations over the whole state and country and led to the construction of the first railway overpass in Texas where the event occurred at Round Rock. Buses were later required to return to a full stop and open the door at all railway crossings to listen for trains. The Immortal Ten story has been commemorated each year since 1927 at first in Chapel services then afterwards at the Freshman Mass Meeting during Homecoming Week. In 2007, the occasion was also memorialized in bronze to the Baylor campus in Traditions Plaza.
About the 90th anniversary of the tragedy, January 22, 2017, the City of Round Rock held a memorial event to remember those who had been killed in the train-bus collision. In the event, the city dedicated to 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 killed 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 again advanced to 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 coach over the next 50 years to really have a career record of over .500, and would later serve as Baylor’s athletic director in the 1980s. Gene Iba’s 1988 NCAA tournament team would be the first NCAA championship appearance for the app in 38 decades.
2003 scandal
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The men’s basketball program was plagued by a scandal in 2003. Patrick Dennehy, a participant for the team, was killed 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 players and that he made improper statements to the media characterizing Dennehy as a drug dealer. The school placed itself on probation, restricted itself to seven scholarships for two years and enforced a post-season ban for a year. Furthermore, the NCAA further punished the group by initiating a non-conference ban to the 2005–2006 season and expanding the probationary period through which the school would have restricted recruiting privileges.
Decade Long Resurgence
The 2005 Bears were hindered by just using 7 scholarship players and listed only one win in conference play. In spite of these challenges, head coach Scott Drew managed to gather a 2005 signing class ranked No. 7 nationally by HoopScoop.
The basketball program experienced a resurgence under coach Scott Drew with an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008 for the first time in 20 years with a 9–7 summit record and the team’s first national standing in 39 decades. The January 23, 2008 116–110 5OT win over Texas A&M at College Station formally became the greatest game in Big 12 history. The 2008–09 team was rated early in the season but stumbled on 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 team listed the program’s first postseason victory since 1950 in its first round NIT victory over the Georgetown Hoyas at Waco.
The 2008–09 team went on to advance to the NIT Final where they fell to Penn State. The 2009–10 group was rated in both polls and pulled off the biggest road win in school history across the then #6 Texas Longhorns in Austin 80–77 on Jan. 30th. The Bears closed out the season with a Big 12 era best 11–5 album and #3 seed in the Big 12 tournament.
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 from the previous calendar year. On the other hand, the team ended the regular season 23–6 and tied for 2nd in the Big 12 standings. After a two –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 at First Round action and then defeated #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 previous 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’ opponent was the #1 seed Duke Blue Devils, the last #1 seed status at the NCAA tournament after the other three #1 seeds (Kansas, Syracuse, and Kentucky) were all defeated by lower seeded teams. In front of quite a pro-Baylor audience of over 47,000, the Bears were defeated by the Duke Blue Devils, 78–71, to end 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 championship wins. The Bears finished the season ranked #10 from the final ESPN/Coaches Poll–the maximum ranking in program history at that moment.
The 2010–11 team started the season ranked 14th (according to this AP Preseason survey ). The Bears started 7–0, and rose to 9th in the polls prior to falling to Gonzaga in a neutral court in Dallas. The group ended 18–13 total and 7–9 in league playwith. The highlight of this season was Lacedarius Dunn getting the Big 12’s all-time leading scorer, and a sweep of the series versus ranked 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 game of the Big 12 Championship from Oklahoma.
The 2012 season saw another historic effort for the Bears since they followed up the 2011 season with another successful conference run which saw the Bears win 30 games and make it into the Big 12 championship title game. The Bears were selected for the NCAA tournament and made it all the way to the Elite Eight, which ended at a loss to eventual national champion Kentucky.
The 2013 year witnesses another winning effort for the Bears since they followed up the 2012 Elite Eight season with another successful conference run which saw the squirrels sweep both TCU and Texas Tech while only dropping one match to UT. The bears started out using a pre-season standing of #19 in the country. The Boys finish conference play .500 and have been chosen for the NIT tournament. The Bears made it all the way to the Closing, which finished in a triumph over Iowa, winning the championship before a large crowd in Madison Square Garden and promising that the 2013 NIT Title.

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