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11/11/2011

Friday drive through: The best basketball team in the state is Baylor

Adriana Lima PicturesThis is pretty cool, a basketball game between North Carolina and Michigan State is being played on an aircraft carrier in San Diego.

A $2.5 million bra? Really? I know - a great idea.

Adriana Lima, anyone?

Here are Rick Perry's Top 10 Reasons he flubbed the latest GOP debate as read on David Letterman:

10. “Actually there were three reasons I messed up last night. One was the nerves, two was the headache and three was, and three, uh, uh. Oops.

9. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I think things went well.”

8. “Hey, I was up late last night watching `Dancing With the Stars.’”

7. “I thought the debate was tonight.”

6. “Hey, listen. You try concentrating with Mitt Romney smiling at you. That is one handsome dude.”

5. “Uh, El Nino?”

4. “I had a five-hour energy drink six hours before the debate.”

3. “I really hoped to get on my favorite talk show, but instead I ended up here.”

2. “Hey, I wanted to help take the heat off my buddy Herman Cain.”

1. “I just learned Justin Bieber is my father.”

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Perry_jonesCollege basketball is beginning tonight with games all over the map, including Waco where Baylor will drill Texas Southern beginning at 9 p.m. The Bears are ranked No. 12 in the preseason poll, which means nothing but suggests at least something.

I'm calling Baylor the best team in the state. Yes, I do realize that Texas A&M is picked second to finish in the Big 12 in the preseason poll behind Kansas with Baylor third, but it's just so hard to ignore the talent at Baylor.

Perry Jones (pictured) is a lottery pick as is freshman Quincy Miller.

Of course, this team was thought to be loaded last season and did nothing but disappoint.

"Last season didn't turn out the way we wanted to - it was a lot of off the court issues," senior guard Quicny Acy told me in phone interview this week. "Last season was just different. We came out with the highest we had ever been ranked, and some guys just reacted differently. We learned from it; we learned not to take anything for granted. 

"We don't pay attention to the rankings now. We were ranked high last season and didn't get to the postseason. That is motivation for us."

The primary reason why so many of us hacks love us some Baylor is Perry Jones. The sophomore was one of the those "One and Done" players that decided to return for his second season as the threat of the NBA lockout loomed, which has turned out to be true.

"I thought it was up in the air that he would come back I was surprised he did come back," Acy said.

Jones is the Big 12's preseason player of the year. He must sit out the first five games of this season as part of an NCAA violation of receiving improper benefits last season. The one game that Jones will miss that will matter is against San Diego State on Nov. 15.

Six of Baylor's top seven scorers are back, and their three top rebounders as well. They are loaded for a decent tournament run.

Non-conference games of note are:

v. San Diego State on 11/14
at Northwestern on 12/4
at BYU on 12/17
v. West Virginia on 12/23
v. Mississippi State on 12/18 in Dallas

 

 

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