March 14, 2007

Handing out the hardware

Friday night in Oklahoma City, Baylor saw their season come to a close at the hands of the Texas Longhorns. Their final record 15-16, 5-13 in conference play. To say the least it wasn't quite what coach Drew had in mind at the start of the season.

In the beginning expectations were high, possibly too high. The Bears were playing a full slate of games, were returning a roster of hungry talent, they had some valuable experience, and most importantly a roster full of scholarship players. The ingredients for success were there. Coaches saw the potential and the Bears were picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 Pre-season Coaches Poll.

When non-conference play ended the Bears stood 10-3, but it was obvious the Bears still had some work to do. Injuries began to mount though and inconsistency took it's toll over the course of conference play.

They did pick up the pace toward the end of season, and were considered one of the scariest teams in the Big 12 tournament. They proved how scary they could by dismantling the Missouri press on their way to a runaway victory in the opening round of Big 12 Tournament play. Then Friday they pushed their way to a 20-point lead before Kevin Durant worked his magic.

It was an up and down season, but there were several players who stepped up and showed themselves to be key to Baylor's success. We take a look back and hand out 2006-07 Baylor basketball awards.

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