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Season Recap: Baylor Bears

Now that the college basketball season is officially over, we're going to take a look back at each Big 12 school to discuss their season. The rundown will go in order of conference standing. See the complete schedule after The Jump.

What Went Right: Need to filibust? Go up to a Baylor Bears fans and ask, "Hey Baylor Bears fan, what went right this season for your team?" You will get a solid 24 hour glowing report. Aside from the obvious -- what every team strives for -- the Bears' season was remarkable.  Led by Ekpe Udoh, Tweety Carter, LaceDarius Dunn, Quincy Acy and company Baylor had a historically good season. A 28-8 overall record.  11-5 in conference. Made it to the Elite Eight, losing only to eventual champ Duke in a close enough game. A fun team to watch. Great inside-outside play. With all this you can see why a fan might turn your question from a casual question into a night-long conversation.

What Went Wrong: Again, aside from not winning the Big 12 or the NCAA championship, not much really went wrong. They shared the Big 12 South title (if such a thing even matters in hoops, oh wait, it doesn't) and finished in the Top 10 nationally.The loss in Boulder was the lowlight of the season, but with all else equal, Scott Drew and squad shouldn't complain about much.

Team MVP: I said in the Kansas review that I hate giving season awards based on lifetime achievements. I also backed that up with a pretty strong argument for Sherron Collins' nomination as team MVP.  I'll do the same here with Tweety Carter. He didn't lead the team in scoring average (Dunn done led the Bears), he didn't lead them in rebounds (of course not, he's listed at 5-11), but he did lead them in assist with 5.8 apg, and was second on the team with 15 ppg. Add in his leadership on the court and all those intangibles.

Key Losses: Carter graduates, as does center Josh Lomers. There is speculation that Dunn or Udoh may declare, but no news as of yet. If I were to bet, I'd say that neither will go.

Outlook Next Year: If Dunn and Udoh do return, Baylor will again be a force and considered one of the favorites to win the conference.

Kansas - April 6
Kansas State - April 7
Baylor - April 8
Texas A&M - April 9
Missouri - April 12
Texas - April 13
Oklahoma State - April 14
Colorado - April 15
Texas Tech - April 16
Iowa State - April 19
Oklahoma - April 20
Nebraska - April 21

Evan Pfaff, Managing Editor
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