Baylor has had arguably the toughest road to New York for the NIT semifinals semifinal.
The once-downtrodden program that has overcome so much in the
past four years.
Curtis Jerrells, Kevin Rogers, Henry Dugat and Mamadou Diene are
the winningest senior class in school history, even though they got
to play only half their freshman season.
Baylor was still reeling from the shooting death of a player by
his teammate when they arrived on campus in Waco, Texas. The NCAA
penalized the program for a number of violations by not allowing
the team to play a nonconference schedule their first year.
Slowly, coach Scott Drew rebuilt the program, peaking in last
year's NCAA tournament.
They beat Georgetown before hitting the road to beat Virginia
Tech and Auburn, the 63rd win for that foundation senior class.
The Bears have never played a game in April and will be playing
in New York for the first time since losing in the 1950 Final Four.