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Baylor Bears basketball

Early years

Luther Burleson coached the initial basketball team in Baylor in 1907 also doubling as the soccer coach. In Baylor’s second season of basketball then cross-town rival TCU began their schedule that the Bears defeated twice during the 1908–09 season. Ralph Glaze’s (1911–1914) .788 winning percentage ranks at the top all time in school history. Ralph Wolf (1927–1941) direct Baylor to its first SWC Championship in 1932 after living and overcoming one of the first great tragedies in college athletics in his first season as coach.
Immortal Ten
See also: List of accidents involving sports teams
On January 22, 1927, Coach Ralph Wolf’s Baylor Basketball team was travelling by bus to play the University of Texas. Since the bus passed through Round Rock, Texas, it approached railroad tracks on the south side of the company district on a drizzly, cloudy day. As the bus crossed the paths the occupants failed to listen to the noise of the train whistle and ringing bell. The motorist caught sight of the train in the last moment and tried to maneuver clear of but the Sunshine Special crashed to the bus at near 60 miles off ripping off the roof and side.
The Immortal Ten Memorial Ten Baylor students and basketball players were killed by the effect. [3] One player, James Clyde”Abe” Kelly, driven his friend, Weir Washam, out the window at the bus only minutes before the effect, saving Washam’s lifetime but costing Kelly his very own. The bodies of Kelly and Robert Hailey were found horrifically stretched across the cow-catcher on the front of the train, with arms locked around each other and Kelly missing a leg. Ivy Foster Sr. of Taylor, Texas, had heard of the accident and rushed to the train station in Taylor to meet the train and help where needed only to find his son one of the deceased.
The deceased were Jack Castellaw, Sam Dillow, Merle Dudley, L.R. “Ivey” Foster Jr., Robert “Bob” Hailey, James Clyde “Abe” Kelly, Willis Murrary, James “Jim” Walker, and William Winchester.
The rest of the 1927 season was canceled. The tragedy had reverberations over the whole state and country and led to the building of the first railway overpass at Texas where the event occurred at Round Rock. Buses were later needed to return to a full stop and open the door at all rail crossings to listen for trains. The Immortal Ten story was commemorated annually since 1927 at first in Chapel services then afterwards at the Freshman Mass Meeting during Homecoming Week. In 2007, the occasion was also memorialized in bronze to the Baylor campus at Traditions Plaza.
About the 90th anniversary of the catastrophe, January 22, 2017, the City of Round Rock held a memorial occasion to recall those who had been murdered in the train-bus collision. In the event, the city dedicated to the”Immortal Bridge,” that arcs over the railroad tracks where the incident happened. Green lampposts, green-and-gold paint and other markings honor the 10 students who were murdered there. The event was open to the general public, and attendees included Baylor administrators and student leaders, the spirit squads, and Baylor’s Golden Wave Band.
Post World War II success Baylor men’s teams won five conference championships in the former Southwest Conference (1932, 1946, 1948, 1949*, 1950*; * discussed shared title). The Bears reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 1946, and reached the Final Four in 1948 and 1950. Bill Henderson’s 1948 group advanced to play the Kentucky Wildcats for the NCAA championship, but dropped 58–42 into Adolph Rupp’s first national championship team. The team again advanced into the NCAA Final Four in 1950 beneath Henderson losing to the Bradley Braves 68–66. Bill Menefee (1962–1973) would lead the Bears into a nationwide ranking in 1969 but failed to make the postseason that year. Menefee was the only coach over the next 50 years to really have a career record of over .500, and would later serve as Baylor’s athletic director in the 1980s. Gene Iba’s 1988 NCAA tournament team would be the first NCAA tournament appearance for the app in 38 decades.
2003 scandal
Main article: Baylor University basketball scandal
The men’s basketball program was plagued by a scandal in 2003. Patrick Dennehy, a player for the group, was murdered by former teammate Carlton Dotson; then-coach Dave Bliss had been forced to resign amidst allegations that he had violated NCAA rules by making financial payments to four gamers and that he made improper statements to the press characterizing Dennehy as a drug dealer. The school put itself on probation, restricted itself to seven scholarships for two decades and enforced a post-season ban for a year. Furthermore, the NCAA further punished the team by initiating a non-conference ban to the 2005–2006 season and expanding the probationary period during the school would have limited recruiting statements.
Decade Long Resurgence
The 2005 Bears were hindered by only having 7 scholarship players and listed just one win in conference playwith. Regardless of those challenges, head coach Scott Drew managed to put together a 2005 signing class ranked No. 7 nationally by HoopScoop.
The basketball program undergone a resurgence under coach Scott Drew having an NCAA Championship appearance in 2008 for the first time in 20 years with a 9–seven summit record and the team’s first national ranking in 39 decades. The January 23, 2008 116–110 5OT win over Texas A&M in College Station formally became the longest game in Big 12 history. The 2008–09 team again was rated early in the summer but stumbled on a 5–11 summit finish before heating in the Big 12 Tournament beating both Kansas and Texas en route to the championship game versus Missouri, also lost by a score of 73–60. The 2008–2009 group listed the program’s first postseason victory since 1950 in its initial round NIT victory within the Georgetown Hoyas in Waco.
The 2008–09 team went on to progress to the NIT Final in which they fell to Penn State. The 2009–10 squad was rated in both surveys and hauled off the largest road win in school history over the afterward #6 Texas Longhorns in Austin 80–77 on Jan. 30th. The Bears closed out the season with a Big 12 era best 11–5 album and #3 seed in the Big 12 tournament.
The 2009–10 group was picked to finish 10th in the Big 12 in the Big 12 Coaches Poll due to the graduation of several key players in the previous calendar year. However, the team finished the regular season 23–6 and tied for 2nd in the Big 12 standings. Following a two –1 album at the Big 12 tournament, the Bears were rewarded with a #1 in the South Region of the NCAA tournament. The Bears defeated #14 seed Sam Houston State 68–59 in First Round actions and then conquered #11 seed Old Dominion 76–68 in Second Round drama to advance to the Sweet 16 hosted in Reliant Stadium in Houston. The Bear’s Sweet 16 match-up was 10 seed Saint Mary’s, that had defeated #2 seed Villanova the prior week to advance to the Sweet 16. The Bears won handily over the Gaels, 72–49, after leading 47–19 in the half. The Elite Eight was held in Reliant Stadium and the Bears’ opponent was the #1 seed Duke Blue Devils, the final #1 seed status in the NCAA tournament following another three #1 seeds (Kansas, Syracuse, and Kentucky) were all defeated by lower seeded teams. In front of a very pro-Baylor crowd of over 47,000, the Bears were defeated by the Duke Blue Devils, 78–71, to end the magical run to the Elite Eight. It had been the best season from the Scott Drew age as characterized by convention standing, overall ranking, wins, and NCAA tournament wins. The Bears finished the year ranked #10 in the last ESPN/Coaches Poll–the highest ranking in program history at that time.
The 2010–11 team began the season ranked 14th (according to this AP Preseason poll). The Bears started 7–0, and rose to 9th from the polls prior to falling to Gonzaga at a neutral court in Dallas. The group ended 18–13 overall and 7–9 in league playwith. The highlight of the season was Lacedarius Dunn becoming the Big 12’s all-time top scorer, and a sweep of the series versus rated Texas A&M. After freshman star Perry Jones III was suspended by the NCAA for six games, the Bears proceeded to shed their first-round match of the Big 12 Championship from Oklahoma.
The 2012 season saw another historic effort for the Bears as they followed up the 2011 season with another successful seminar run which saw the Bears win 30 games and make it into the Big 12 tournament title match. The Bears were selected for the NCAA championship and made it all of the way to the Elite Eight, which ended in a loss to eventual national champion Kentucky.
The 2013 season witnesses another winning campaign for the Bears since they followed the 2012 Elite Eight season with another successful conference run which saw the Bears sweep both TCU and Texas Tech while only dropping one game to UT. The bears started out with a pre-season standing of 19 in the country. The Boys finish conference play at .500 and have been selected for the NIT championship. The Bears made it all the way into the Closing, which finished in a triumph over Iowa, winning the championship in front of a sizable audience in Madison Square Garden and claiming the 2013 NIT Title.

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