Baylor Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Baylor Bears

Big 12 (19-13, 10-8)

Despite suffering through a rash of key injuries, Baylor was able to hang around in the Big 12 title race and put together a very good season. The most impactful injury happened to forward Tristian Clark. He played in just two conference games before a knee injury ended his season. Most expected the Bears to drop off quickly without their star who was averaging 14.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. But Coach Scott Drew deserves a lot of credit for pulling his team together and leading them to the tournament.
Big Wins: 1/19 Texas Tech (73-62), 1/28 at Oklahoma (77-47), 2/19 at Iowa State (73-69)
Bad Losses: 11/6 Texas Southern (69-72), 12/18 Wichita State (58-59), 3/6 Oklahoma State (64-67)
Coach: Scott Drew
Why They Can Surprise:
Without Tristan Clark, Baylor does lack frontcourt depth. However, there are a lot of big guards who keep this team very effective on the glass. The one true forward in the regular rotation is Freddie Gillespie. The transfer from Division III Carleton College barely saw the floor early in the season, but has turned into a strong rebounder who can do a surprising amount of damage offensively as well. Mario Kegler, at 6-7, and Mark Vital, at 6-5, are also very good rebounders. Add in 6-3 senior King McClure, and the Bears are not a team that anybody can get the best of when it comes to rebounding.
Why They Can Disappoint:
Injuries have been the main factor limiting this team. They have gone stretches without Makai Mason, King McClure, Mario Kegler and, of course, Tristan Clark. And that is not even counting Jake Lindsey, who was lost for the year before the season even started. Thus, it will be very important for this group to stay healthy throughout the tournament. Shooting the ball efficiently has been a problem too. Only a handful of teams in the country are worse at the charity stripe and that could cost Baylor in those grind it out NCAA Tournament games. It will also be very important for Makai Mason, King McClure or Jared Butler to be consistent from beyond the arc in order to generate quick offense and create space in the paint.
Probable Starters:
Jared Butler, Freshman, Guard, 10.1 ppg, 2.8 apg, 3.1 rpg
Makai Mason, Senior, Guard, 14.6 ppg, 3.3 apg
Mark Vital, Sophomore, Guard, 7.0 ppg, 7,2 rpg
Mario Kegler, Sophomore, Guard, 10.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg
Freddie Gillespie, Junior, Forward, 5.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Key Role Players:
King McClure, Senior, Guard, 8.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg
Devonte Bandoo, Junior, Guard, 8.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 71.8 (201st in nation, 6th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 66.7 (56, 3)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.0 (198, 6)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.9 (74, 5)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.9 (150, 4)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 33.9 (213, 8)
Free-Throw Percentage: 67.3 (291, 9)
Rebound Margin: 6.4 (18, 1)
Assists Per Game: 13.9 (136, 4)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.3 (202, 7)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2018NITFirst Round win over Wagner
2018NITSecond Round loss to Mississippi State
2017NCAARound of 64 win over New Mexico State
2017NCAARound of 32 win over USC
2017NCAARegional Semifinal loss to South Carolina
2016NCAARound of 64 loss to Yale
2015NCAARound of 64 loss to Georgia State
2014NCAARound of 64 win over Nebraska
2014NCAARound of 32 win over Creighton
2014NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Wisconsin
2013NITFirst Round win over Long Beach State
2013NITSecond Round win over Arizona State
2013NITQuarterfinal win over Providence
2013NITSemifinal win over BYU
2013NITFinal win over Iowa
2012NCAARound of 64 win over South Dakota State
2012NCAARound of 32 win over Colorado
2012NCAARegional Semifinal win over Xavier
2012NCAARegional Final loss to Kentucky
2010NCAARound of 64 win over Sam Houston State
2010NCAARound of 32 win over Old Dominion
2010NCAARegional Semifinal win over St. Mary's
2010NCAARegional Final loss to Duke
2009NITFirst Round win over Georgetown
2009NITSecond Round win over Virginia Tech
2009NITQuarterfinal win over Auburn
2009NITSemifinal win over San Diego State
2009NITFinal loss to Penn State
2008NCAARound of 64 loss to Purdue
*all team stats through 3/10