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Baylor Basketball advances to Championship Game

After a great first half from Baylor basketball, the team went after the Houston Cougars beating them at their own game. The Bears went into the half up by 25, 45-20. The inability of the Cougars to score in any facet was brutal.

Houston basketball couldn’t find the open shot and, when they did, didn’t play their game. Baylor, on the other hand, did every aspect on point. The Bears outrebounded the Cougars on both ends of the floor until the closing minutes. The most impressive thing for Houston basketball was the limited fouls the team gave up in the entire game.

Baylor basketball was able to advance with a nice overall game. The Bears defeated the Houston Cougars by a score of 78-59 to move on to the NCAA Tournament Championship game.

Baylor basketball was led by Jared Butler, who put up 17 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Butler had a lot of help as the Bears had incredible numbers from the floor. Davion Mitchell was the next impressive player who put up 12 points, two rebounds, 11 assists, and one steal. Matthew Mayer for Baylor basketball came off the bench added 12 points and four rebounds. Macio Teague added 11 points, two rebounds, six assists, and one steal. Finally, Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua was the final double-digit scorer for Baylor basketball, adding 11 points, six rebounds, and one assist.

Houston basketball struggled outside of Marcus Sasser. Sasser put up 17 points in the first half and finished the game with 20 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Quentin Grimes showed up in the second half to reach double-digit scoring with 13 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block.

dThis matchup was the one that Houston basketball didn’t want. The length, luck, and talent were all with the Bears in this Final Four matchup. Baylor basketball needed to box out, which they did. The Bears needed to share the ball to find the open man, which they did to the tune of 23 assists on 29 made field goals. Baylor basketball outrebounded the Cougars, which was the finisher for Houston. The Bears had 13 offensive rebounds and held Houston basketball to single-digit offensive rebounds and second-chance points. These were all worries I had for Houston basketball coming into this game against Baylor basketball.

1) Share the ball

For Baylor basketball to have success, the team needed to share the ball. The Bears dominated this area. The Bears found open shooters, found the players cutting to the basket, cut to the hoop, and kicked out for open 3-point looks. All of these things allowed for Baylor basketball to dominate Houston. All of Houston’s wins were against teams that did not have good ball movement.

The way Baylor basketball moved it today, this team will be scary for any matchup they find in the Championship game. Coach Scott Drew has this team back to where it was before its Covid pause, and both opposing teams should be afraid. The ball movement and unselfishness of this team, along with the weapons and defense, will be a struggle for either UCLA or Gonzaga.

2) Rebound

An area that Houston basketball has excelled at all season was outrebounding opponents and getting second-chance points. Baylor basketball and Coach Drew knew this and focused on it. The Bears held the Cougars to limited second chance looks, allowing Houston to have five offensive rebounds. On top of that, the Bears took care of the ball. Houston basketball struggled shooting, which took the air out of the ball for them on the other end of the floor. The Cougars were being boxed out, leaving players and allowing open looks. These struggles ended Houston basketball’s run in the NCAA Tournament.

3) Shot selection

For Baylor basketball, this part came extremely easily. The Bears found open shots from all over the floor, and it helped that everyone saw the ball go through the basket. Baylor basketball shot an incredible 52.7% from the field, 45.8% from 3-point, and had the same number of shots taken as the Houston Cougars. Houston basketball does not have a team that has players shoot efficiently to win games. The second-chance points are a huge part of their game, and not getting those close looks or second-chance open threes really hurt the team in this matchup. Baylor basketball did everything it needed to and will need to play this same way on Monday if the team wants to win the NCAA Tournament.



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