Baylor Basketball: Keys to Bears' 2012 NCAA Tournament Run

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Baylor Basketball: Keys to Bears' 2012 NCAA Tournament Run
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Although the No. 11 Baylor Bears struggled a bit down the stretch, they have locked themselves in as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament and are poised to make a deep run. The Bears have one of the deeper teams in the nation, and that should serve them quite well moving forward.

There were big expectations for Baylor last season, but the Bears faltered in a big way as they missed the NCAA tournament. With its stars a year older and more experienced, however, Baylor is now in a much better position to succeed.

The Bears are most definitely battle-tested as they played in a strong Big 12 Conference this season against top teams like Kansas and Missouri. They had trouble beating the conference's better teams like Kansas, Mizzou, Kansas State and Iowa State, but the Bears have faced many quality opponents heading into the tourney.

Baylor isn't without its deficiencies and it is certainly vulnerable in terms of exiting the tournament early, but if everything comes together for the Bears, they have as much talent as any team in the nation.

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