Baylor men’s basketball is heating up when it matters most.
The Bears have won four games in a row and are now 6-7 in Big 12 play — revitalizing NCAA Tournament hopes that seemed all but lost earlier in the year.
Baylor’s double-overtime thriller at Texas on Monday was the team’s latest triumph. The Bears edged out the Longhorns, 74-73, and enter a home game vs. No. 7 Texas Tech on Saturday still riding a wave of momentum.
So how has Baylor flipped the script so fast after a sluggish start to Big 12 play? Coach Scott Drew says it’s been all about mentality.
Drew, in a radio interview with ESPN Central Texas, said that he has been preaching the “one game at a time” mentality amid the four-game win streak for his team.
“We knew we needed to go a win streak and we need to continue on one, but how you get on a win streak is you focus one game at a time. If you’re not taking care of one game at a time, then there is no win streak. So, I think we tightened up some things, got better at executing some things, got some people healthy and playing with confidence … we got a good rotation and chemistry right now and hopefully we keep making shots and doing the right things to get these tough Big 12 wins.”
Baylor’s current win streak has been highlighted by an upset win over then-No. 10 Kansas in Waco on Saturday. It was the first win over a ranked opponent for the Bears all season — something they will have a chance to accomplish potentially three more times before the Big 12 Championship Tournament arrives.
The Texas Tech-Baylor game on Saturday is scheduled for a tip-off time of 6:30 p.m. CT at Ferrell Center and will be televised on ESPNU. The Bears are attempting to make it three wins in a row at home.