2019 ScheduleAll times ET

2019 Schedule
20-13, 4th in Big 12

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor coach Scott Drew said he received more text messages on Friday morning, after it was announced that his younger brother was out at Vanderbilt, than he did for beating Syracuse the night before. "He's blessed to have great friends, great family support, and he's got a great faith and he knows God has a different plan for him," Scott said of Bryce Drew. "As big brother, obviously, whatever I can do to help him, I'm going to do. ... He's a lot more powerful and has more wisdom than I do."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Makai Mason is one of the best stories in this Tournament. He played one game in two years for Yale because of issues with his feet, then transferred to Baylor for the 2018-19 season — two years after dropping 31 on Baylor to eliminate them in the Round of 64. King McClure's reaction when he found out Mason was transferring: "Why did we get this guy?"

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Gonzaga coach Mark Few called Baylor's Scott Drew "vastly underrated as a basketball coach," calling this "arguably one of the best years he's had" given the injuries Baylor has overcome. Few said Baylor is very physical and probably the best offensive rebounding team in the country.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor is a tough, physical team, but Gonzaga is as good as it gets offensively. Brandon Clarke: "I'm not sure how they're going to guard us."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Syracuse went to the full-court press late, but with a minute left, Baylor found Freddie Gillespie open down court for the dunk that basically sealed this. Baylor wins, 78-69, and advances to play Gonzaga. They finished with 16 made 3-pointers — the most ever by a Big 12 team in the Tournament.

Gillespie throws down huge dunk off sick pass (0:17)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Big 3 by Elijah Hughes, pulling the Orange within 6 with 4:27 left. It is really difficult to shoot 3s on Syracuse's zone, but Baylor has made 15 of them, tied for their most in a game in the last five years.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

There have been 6 ties and 12 lead changes between Baylor and Syracuse, but Baylor has gained a little separation, up 6 with a little more than 6 minutes left. Syracuse's Elijah Hughes has been held to zero points and two shots in the second half.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor and Syracuse combined for 19 made 3-pointers in the first half, only 11 shy of the NCAA Tournament record. Baylor jumped out to an 11-point lead, but is now ahead by only 1. Makai Mason leads with 16 points and is 4 of 6 from 3; Elijah Hughes has 18 for Syracuse.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor and Syracuse attempted a combined 30 3-pointers within the first 17 minutes. Welcome to basketball in 2019.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Syracuse takes the floor in Salt Lake City without senior guard Frank Howard, suspended indefinitely because of what the school described as "a violation of athletic department policy."

Baylor looks to continue to defy odds vs. Syracuse (0:30)
Bilas: Two of the best non Power-5 teams in West (4:20)
Vital comes up with monster block (0:36)
Wigginton takes off for dunk in the lane (0:23)

Paul Sabin ESPN Analytics 

According to espn.com/bpi, these are the bubble teams with games today where a W could swing their tournament chances by at least 50 percent compared to an L: Nebraska Utah State Indiana Ohio State Ole Miss Seton Hall Baylor St. John's TCU

Grimes lobs, Agbaji slams (0:20)
McCormack posterizes Gillespie for Jayhawks' 1st bucket (0:17)

Team Stats

Points Per Game71.8
Rebounds Per Game37.8
Assists Per Game14.0
Points Allowed67.263rd

Tournament History

Final Fours2
Tournament Record13-13
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances11