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Big 12 and Baylor college basketball talk — men and women — every week with John Werner  and Brice Cherry of the Waco Tribune-Herald. We never mail it in.

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Big 12 and Baylor college basketball talk — men and women — every week with John Werner  and Brice Cherry of the Waco Tribune-Herald. We never mail it in.

    Why the Big 12 might not get a 1 seed, superstar Sarah Andrews, conference title predictions & more

    Why the Big 12 might not get a 1 seed, superstar Sarah Andrews, conference title predictions & more

    • Championship check-in: Here we are at the midpoint of the Big 12 season for the men and the women. Which teams look like the most likely title contenders?

    • With six of the top 15 teams in the country, the Big 12 is clearly the elite conference in men's college basketball (sorry, SEC). But with such parity and continued tough conference play among those squads, does that hurt the league's chances of getting a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament?

    • Sarah Andrews is having a tremendous year, ranking top 5 in scoring, assists and 3-point percentage. Is the Baylor star the best guard in the Big 12?

    • The 2023 football schedules came out this week, reminding us all that next year we'll have four new faces in the Big 12. When you look at BYU, UCF, Cincy, Houston, does that make the Big 12 a better men's or women's basketball conference?

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    • 21 min
    Making Texas history, Baylor's big win streak, inside AP poll voting and more

    Making Texas history, Baylor's big win streak, inside AP poll voting and more

    We're joined by special guest Danny Davis (@_dannydavis), longtime Austin American-Statesman sports writer and a fellow AP Top 25 voter, for some college hoops talk with the Trib's Brice Cherry and John Werner. 

    • History was made this week in the AP women's basketball poll, as no Texas teams were ranked in the women's top 25 for the first time, ever. Is this just a fluke or a hiccup, or more of a trend? Has the level of Lone Star basketball slipped? 

    • The Texas women have been up and down this year, already with six losses, and you're never sure which team will show up. Vic Schaefer has taken the Longhorns to the Elite Eight in both of his first two seasons. What are the odds they can make another deep run? 

    • One guy who's fun to watch is Keyonte George: The Baylor men are on a five-game win streak after an 0-3 start, including a big Big Monday win over the defending national champs in the Kansas Jayhawks. What has been the key to their hot stretch? 

    • As AP poll voters, what's your approach week in and week out? What's the method to your voting madness? 

    • We've got the Big 12-SEC Challenge in the men's game this weekend, with Kansas at Kentucky, a Top 10 matchup with Texas visiting Tennessee and Baylor hosting Arkansas, among others. How much do you think these coaches get into these conference battles? Do they have any lasting benefits beyond bragging rights or what? 

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    • 30 min
    Baylor teams' big turnarounds, end of a mind-blowing streak, love for Jerome Tang

    Baylor teams' big turnarounds, end of a mind-blowing streak, love for Jerome Tang

    • The Baylor women snapped a two-game losing streak Wednesday night with an impressive 69-48 win over K-State at the Ferrell Center. What does Nicki Collen's team need to do to keep this momentum going?

    • Meanwhile, the Baylor men got another good win on the road in Lubbock to even its Big 12 record at 3-3. What's been the key to the Bears' turnaround thus far after an abysmal start?

    • Obviously, the 2021 Baylor national title team had three incredible guards in Butler/Mitchell/Teague. How does this trio of George/Flagler/Cryer stack up?

    • The Baylor women (and the Lady Bears) ended their 365-week run in the AP poll this week — that's 19 years. How mind-blowing is that streak, and will we ever see anything like it again, given the rising parity in women's college basketball, especially in a fiercely competitive Big 12?

    • Let's give K-State some love after a thrilling 92-90 overtime win over Kansas in Manhattan, putting the Wildcats in a tie for the Big 12 lead. Doesn't ex-Baylor assistant Jerome Tang have to be the frontrunner for coach of the year at this point?

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    • 23 min
    Keyonte George is ridiculous, brick-tastic Baylor women, bad Baylor defense and NCAA predictions

    Keyonte George is ridiculous, brick-tastic Baylor women, bad Baylor defense and NCAA predictions

    • Keyonte George went off for 32 points the other night as the Baylor men finally won a game, is averaging 17.8 ppg, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He's a lottery pick, obviously, but is he the best Bears freshman of the Scott Drew era?

    • The Baylor women suffered their first Big 12 loss of the year  Wednesday night at home vs. OSU, and a large part of that was an ugly 6-for-29 from beyond the arc. Are the Bears balanced enough to suffer these poor shooting nights? Nicki Collen was practically despondent.

    • Speaking of defense, the Baylor men are dead last in the Big 12, allowing 81 points during this 1-3 start. Which of these guys can step up as "the stopper," and how can this team improve on defense?

    • We know the Big 12 is a top hoops league, if not the best in the country. How many men's teams do you think will make the NCAAs? Could it be 9 teams, or even all 10?

    • What about the women's side? The parity has really improved in that side and the Big 12 has four teams ranked.    

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    • 22 min
    What's wrong with Baylor? Men are 0-2, face ‘desperation game’ against K-State, Tang

    What's wrong with Baylor? Men are 0-2, face ‘desperation game’ against K-State, Tang

    The return of the Top 25 Voter Pod — where we never mail it in — brings AP Top 25 poll voters and Baylor beat writers John Werner and Brice Cherry together for an impromptu conversation about Big 12 hoops and all things college basketball.

    • The Baylor men are now 0-2 in the Big 12 after a wild 88-87 loss at the Ferrell Center to TCU on Wednesday night. The schedule doesn't get any more forgiving, either, as the Bears will try to regroup Saturday against rising stars in the Kansas State Wildcats, who are 13-1 (2-0) under former longtime Baylor assistant Jerome Tang. What kind of pressure is on Scott Drew's squad here? This one feels like a must-win.

    • The Bears' biggest issues to open Big 12 play have been ‘atrocious’ transition defense (against an admittedly very good TCU squad) and their 3-point shooting has been erratic, too. How do they solve it?

    • For the Baylor women, they starting last year 0-2 in the conference and wound up winning the league, while this year they're already 2-0, including a big road win over a Top 25 team in No. 17 Oklahoma. What has impressed you most about the BU women in their second year under Nicki Collen?

    • There's a good chance that three of the top five preseason Top 25 teams (North Carolina, Kentucky and Baylor) will not be ranked at all next week in this topsy-turvy season. What does this say about parity in college hoops?
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    • 20 min
    March Madness mega: Baylor's Final Four roads, Big 12 busts and breakouts, and more

    March Madness mega: Baylor's Final Four roads, Big 12 busts and breakouts, and more

    • The Baylor women grab a 2 seed, behind nemesis Louisville, and play at home this weekend. What are Nicki Collen's team's chances of making the Final Four?

    • How about the Baylor men? They got a 1 seed despite an early Big 12 exit and get to play in Fort Worth on the first weekend. This team is clearly not as good as last year's championship squad — but can Scott Drew's teams get back to the Final Four? We think one BU player could be the X-factor.

    • Out of the Big 12 teams, who has the best chance to make to the Final Four?

    • Can Texas Tech knock Coach K out?

    • Will Vic Schaefer continue his run as an NCAA tourney beast?

    • Which Big 12 teams could be bracket-busters and make an unexpected deep run?

    • On the flip side, which Big 12 teams are likely to be busts?

    • Let's pick the champs: Who you got? Arizona, Kansas, Gonzaga on the men's side, or someone else? How about N.C. State, South Carolina or Stanford for the women?


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    • 27 min

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