Baylor Bears basketball
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Luther Burleson coached the first basketball team in Baylor in 1907 also doubling as the football coach. In Baylor’s second season of basketball then cross-town rival TCU began their schedule which the Bears defeated twice during the 1908–09 season. Ralph Glaze’s (1911–1914) .788 winning percentage ranks at the best all time in school history. Ralph Wolf (1927–1941) lead Baylor to its first SWC Championship in 1932 after surviving and beating one of the first excellent tragedies in college sports in his first season as coach.
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On January 22, 1927, Coach Ralph Wolf’s Baylor Basketball team was travelling by bus to perform with the University of Texas. As the bus passed through Round Rock, Texas, it approached railroad tracks on the south side of the business district on a drizzly, cloudy day. As the bus crossed the tracks the natives failed to hear the noise of the train whistle and ringing bell. The motorist caught sight of the train at the last moment and attempted to steer away, however, the Sunshine Special crashed into the bus at near 60 miles off ripping off the roof and side.
The Immortal Ten Memorial Ten Baylor students and basketball players have been killed by the impact.  One player, James Clyde”Abe” Kelly, pushed his friend, Weir Washam, out the window of the bus just minutes before the impact, saving Washam’s lifetime but costing Kelly his own. The bodies of Kelly and Robert Hailey were discovered horrifically stretched throughout 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 among the dead.
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 entire nation and country and led to the construction of the first railway overpass in Texas in which the event happened at Round Rock. Buses were later required to return to a full stop and open the door at all railway crossings to listen to trains. The Immortal Ten narrative has been commemorated annually since 1927 initially in Chapel services then later at the Freshman Mass Meeting throughout Homecoming Week. In 2007, the event was memorialized in bronze on the Baylor campus in Traditions Plaza.
On the 90th anniversary of this catastrophe, January 22, 2017, the City of Round Rock held a memorial event to recall those who had been killed in the train-bus collision. At the event, the city committed 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 pupils who were killed there. The event was open to the general public, and attendees included Baylor administrators and student leaders, that the spirit squads, and Baylor’s Golden Wave Band.
Post World War II success Baylor men’s teams won five conference championships at the former Southwest Conference (1932, 1946, 1948, 1949*, 1950*; * denotes shared title). The Bears reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 1946, also reached the Final Four in 1948 and 1950. Bill Henderson’s 1948 team advanced to play the Kentucky Wildcats for the NCAA championship, but dropped 58–42 into Adolph Rupp’s first national championship team. The team advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1950 under Henderson dropping to the Bradley Braves 68–66. Bill Menefee (1962–1973) will lead the Bears into a national position in 1969 but failed to make the postseason that year. Menefee was the only coach during the next 50 years to have a career listing of over .500, and might later serve as Baylor’s athletic director in the 1980s. Gene Iba’s 1988 NCAA championship team would be the very first NCAA tournament appearance for the program in 38 years.
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The men’s basketball program was plagued by a scandal in 2003. Patrick Dennehy, a participant for the team, was murdered by former teammate Carlton Dotson; then-coach Dave Bliss was forced to resign amidst allegations that he had violated NCAA rules by making financial payments to four players and that he made improper statements to the media characterizing Dennehy as a drug dealer. The school placed itself on probation, limited itself to 7 scholarships for two decades and imposed a post-season ban for one year. Furthermore, the NCAA further punished the group by initiating a non-conference ban for the 2005–2006 season and extending the probationary period through which the faculty would have limited recruiting statements.
Decade Long Resurgence
The 2005 Bears were hindered by only having 7 scholarship players and recorded just one win in conference playwith. Regardless of those challenges, head coach Scott Drew was able to put together a 2005 signing class ranked No. 7 nationally by HoopScoop.
The basketball program experienced a resurgence under coach Scott Drew with an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008 for the first time in 20 years using a 9–7 conference record and the group’s first national ranking in 39 years. The January 23, 2008 116–110 5OT triumph over Texas A&M at College Station officially became the longest game in Big 12 history. The 2008–09 team again was rated early in the season but stumbled on a 5–11 summit finish before heating up 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 recorded the program’s first postseason victory since 1950 in its first round NIT victory over the Georgetown Hoyas at Waco.
The 2008–09 team went on to progress to the NIT Final where they fell to Penn State. The 2009–10 group was again ranked in both surveys and pulled off the largest road win in school history across the then #6 Texas Longhorns at Austin 80–77 on Jan. 30th. The Bears closed out the season with a Big 12 age best 11–5 album and #3 seed in the Big 12 tournament.
The 2009–10 team was picked to finish 10th in the Big 12 in the Big 12 Coaches Poll as a result of graduation of several important players in the previous calendar year. On the other hand, the group finished the regular season 23–6 and tied for 2nd in the Big 12 standings. Following a 2–1 record in the Big 12 tournament, the Bears were rewarded with a #3 seed in the South Region of the NCAA tournament. The Bears defeated #14 seed Sam Houston State 68–59 at First Round actions and then conquered #11 seed Old Dominion 76–68 in Second Round play to advance to the Sweet 16 hosted at 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 major 47–19 at the half. The Elite Eight was held in Reliant Stadium and the Bears’ competition 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 quite a pro-Baylor crowd of over 47,000, the Bears were defeated by the Duke Blue Devils, 78–71, to finish the magic run to the Elite Eight. It had been the best season from the Scott Drew age as defined by convention standing, overall standing, wins, and NCAA tournament wins. The Bears finished the year ranked #10 from the last ESPN/Coaches Poll–the highest ranking in program history at that time.
The 2010–11 group started the season ranked 14th (according to the AP Preseason survey ). The Bears started 7–0, also climbed to 9th in the polls prior to falling to Gonzaga at a neutral court in Dallas. The group finished 18–13 total and seven –9 in league playwith. The highlight of this season was Lacedarius Dunn getting the Big 12’s all-time leading scorer, and a sweep of the series versus rated Texas A&M. After freshman star Perry Jones III was suspended from the NCAA for six matches, the Bears proceeded to lose their first-round game of the Big 12 Championship from Oklahoma.
The 2012 season saw another historic campaign for the Bears since they followed the 2011 season with another successful seminar run that saw the Bears win 30 games and make it to the Big 12 tournament title match. The Bears were chosen for the NCAA championship and made it all the way into the Elite Eight, which ended at a loss to eventual national champion Kentucky.
The 2013 season witnesses another winning effort for the Bears since they followed up the 2012 Elite Eight season with another successful seminar run which saw the Bears sweep both TCU and Texas Tech while only dropping one game to UT. The bears started out using a pre-season standing of #19 in the nation. The Bears finish conference play .500 and were chosen for the NIT championship. The Bears made it all of the way to the Final, which ended in a win over Iowa, winning the tournament before a large audience in Madison Square Garden and claiming the 2013 NIT Title.
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