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03/23/2012

Baylor's NCAA game against Xavier will swing on a pair of injured Musketeers

Christina-hendricks-lipstickAfter what feels like a three-year layoff, the AMC TV series Mad Men starring Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks returns on Sunday night. I had been watching it, but I have completely forgotten the story lines.

I am pretty sure ad execs drink during the work day, chase women, and ... something something something.

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The Baylor men's basketball team plays its Sweet 16 game tonight against Xavier at 6:15 p.m. Baylor is a six-point favorite. If I were so inclined, I would really, really, really like Xavier.

Buuuuuut .... there is a chance that freshman Dez Wells (toe) and grad student Andre Walker (migraines) may not be available. Wells averages 10 points and 4.9 rebounds and Walker averages 5.4 points and 5.8 rebounds.

If those guys aren't playing, forget it. Baylor goes to the Elite 8 where it will lose to Kentucky.

Click here for the story about the injured Musketeers.

If they are, I like Xavier straight up. Guard Tu Holloway may be one of the nastier guards left in this tournament. His involvement in the brawl between Cincinnati and Xavier on Dec. 10 is unfortunate, not to mention stupid, because it overshadows what is a brilliant college player.

68898760Tu is a 6-0, 190 pound guard who relentlessly attacks the basket. He plays with no fear, but he can also play with a heavy case of stupid at time as well.

There is no way Baylor can use Brady Heslip to chase him, meaning it's on Pierre Jackson. If somehow Jackson can either get Holloway into foul trouble, or manage to not him control the game and tempo Baylor can win this.

I have liked Xavier as an Elite 8 team from the time the brackets were released. Of course, I also liked Florida State as a Final Four team, too.

 

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