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It is one thing to play strong basketball for 40 minutes, but if the morale of the team is not on a par with the talent, success will be limited.
It seems as though every time the Bears take the court, one mistake leads to another and suddenly every player is in a stupor for a good amount of time.
The Kansas game is a perfect example.
Baylor had a 10-point lead with 9:41 left in the first half and was dominating the Jayhawks. Then Kansas pulled itself together and found a way to go into halftime with a three-point lead, coach Drew called this “the beginning of the turning point.”
His Bears never found the momentum after that, sinking only 37 percent of field goals, shooting just 25 percent on three-point attempts, and recording a deplorable 57.1 free throw percentage.
It seemed as though after Baylor began missing free throws, its heart was just not in the game. That resulted in several missed opportunities, turnovers, sloppy ball-handling and wasted possessions.
Baylor has to question why a few mistakes almost always lead to such a drastic change in attitude for a team stocked with so much talent that should have the ability to play from behind.
If the Bears cannot keep their heads up against other top 10 teams, there is little chance of success in the tournament.