Scott Drew’s unbelievable turnaround at Baylor is sort of full.
Drew’s Baylor Bears beat Arkansas 81-72 within the South Area closing on Monday evening to advance to the Closing 4. It’s their first Closing 4 journey since 1950.
Drew having Baylor on this spot is exceptional when you think about the place this system was when he took over.
Drew took the Baylor job in the summertime of 2003 after a significant scandal in this system. Patrick Dennehy was killed by a teammate, Carlton Dotson, who finally pleaded responsible to the fees. As if that weren’t unhealthy sufficient, then-head coach Dave Bliss later accused Dennehy of being a drug seller.
The NCAA got here down laborious on Baylor, imposing a number of critical penalties on this system. Lots of the Bears’ prime gamers transferred away.
Baylor struggled in Drew’s first three seasons however truly made the NCAA Event in his fifth season. The Bears made two Elite Eights over the following few seasons and have turn out to be an NCAA Event mainstay ever since.
However this season, Baylor had its strongest staff beneath Drew. The Bears entered the tourney 22-2 and have gained 4 in a row to succeed in the Closing 4, the place they are going to face Houston.
Drew gave his gamers quite a lot of credit score after the sport.
“They’re higher folks than they’re gamers, and that’s saying loads as a result of they’re nice gamers. They’re a pleasure to educate, they’ve obtained one another’s again, and due to that, we’re all going to the Closing 4 collectively,” Drew stated.
Baylor shot the ball nicely, going 8-for-15 on three-pointers. The Bears additionally managed the ball nicely and turned it over solely 9 instances.
Seeing Baylor make the Closing 4 is no surprise primarily based on how nicely the Bears performed all season. Seeing the Bears make the Closing 4 contemplating the place Drew began is nothing wanting unimaginable.