Easiest road of any Elite Eight team
Even as it stands on the brink of the Final Four, Baylor is trying to cast itself as an underdog in this NCAA Tournament — and so far, the media has largely eagerly gone along with Bears coach Scott Drew's preposterous campaign. This would be like the Marines arguing that they had been "underdogs" against Saddam Hussein's "It's Never Too Early To Surrender" Republican Guard.
Baylor came into this tournament as a No. 3 seed, meaning the Selection Committee (a group of experts that's supposed to watch more college basketball than anyone) deemed the Bears one of the top 12 teams in the country. This is a 28-7 team that finished second in the Big 12. Tweety Carter and company are exactly where they're supposed to be.
In fact, considering that the Bears have enjoyed the easiest road of any Elite Eight team (there's no debating this), the only upset would be if Baylor wasn't in this position. Three games into their NCAA Tournament run, the Bears haven't even played a single-digit seed yet. They've taken out a 14th seed (Sam Houston State), an 11th seed (Old Dominion) and a 10th seed (a clearly overmatched Saint Mary's — glad no one jumped on the Gaels' bandwagon).
If Baylor set up this type of schedule for November, they'd be ripped on for lining up too many cupcakes. It's hardly a miracle that Drew's squad is the one playing Duke in the South Regional final at Reliant Stadium Sunday afternoon. It's expected.
So save all this underdog nonsense, it's insulting to anyone of the slightest intelligence. If you want underdogs, you need to go to West Region and find those Final-Four-bound Butler Bulldogs. Underdogs don't come from the Big 12, they're born in leagues like the Horizon.
Underdogs aren't made from a sleazy former coach telling his players to smear the reputation of the murder victim of another player, setting the stage for a slick new coach that has the other Big 12 coaches not even bothering to hide their fury over his alleged shady negative recruiting tactics. Underdogs keep knocking on the door year after year, until they finally become good enough to get a No. 5 seed.
Underdogs don't beat Old Dominion and pound Saint Mary's. Underdogs topple Syracuse and roar past Kansas State.
You feel good rooting for underdogs. The last time anyone who wasn't a Baylor grad felt good rooting for Scott Drew was when he was a student assistant for his dad at Valparaiso.
There's no little team that could in this Duke-Baylor showdown for the Final Four.