2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
27-7, 2nd in Big 12
USC vs. Baylor: Get to know the Bears (2:15)
Players reflect on Sweet 16 spotlight (1:26)
Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports
10hChad Ford

Can Motley make outside shots?

Baylor's Johnathan Motley will be tested by a physical South Carolina team in the Sweet 16. Can he beat the Gamecocks with jump shots? NBA scouts would like to see that.

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11hJeff Goodman

Make-or-break player: Johnathan Motley

He's been Baylor's best player all season, but he's stuggled in the Bears' losses. Motley needs to be exceptional for the Bears to keep winning.

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What you need to know about Friday's Sweet 16 games

Whose freshman will star: Kentucky's or UCLA's? How can Butler stay with UNC? Can South Carolina disrupt Baylor? What's the key matchup for Wisconsin vs. Florida? It's time for answers.

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14hC.L. Brown

Motley making late Wooden push

Baylor's Johnathan Motley posted double-doubles in both of his NCAA tournament games. He makes our list of top-5 Wooden Award contenders.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Villanova and Duke were "supposed" to be here at Madison Square Garden. Absent those two teams with big New York fan bases, not exactly packed at the open practices.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Baylor is dabbing through its free throws.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Scott Drew on the unlikely regional here in NY, with Baylor, South Carolina, Florida and Wisconsin talked about the parity of the game with transfers and one and dones. He then added, "with the NCAA Tournament, its who plays best in those 40 minutes. It's not best four of seven, the best team doesn't always win."

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Ishmail Wainwright said Baylor watched three hours of film on Sindarius Thornwell alone and that the "whole team" will have to defend him.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Sweet 16 "seed scores" (coach's record of advancing in tourney relative to seed, since 2002): Greg Gard (1.50), John Beilein (1.35), Chris Mack (1.19), Frank Martin (1.18), Chris Holtmann (1.17), Sean Miller (1.12), John Calipari (1.06), Matt Painter (1.06), Roy Williams (1.03), Dana Altman (1.00), Scott Drew (1.00), Mike White (1.00), Mark Few (0.90), Steve Alford (0.84), Bob Huggins (0.84), Bill Self (0.79).

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FiveThirtyEight: How far can Baylor go?

According to FiveThirtyEight's round-by-round probabilities, Baylor has decent odds of coming out of the wide-open East Region. But the Bears will be long shots if they make the Final Four.

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1dPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: Baylor keeps it bright

Despite the fact that its home white uniforms are pretty sharp, Baylor seems to be in favor of its neon unis during this March Madness tournament. What a shame.

ESPN Stats and Information  

ESPN's BPI breaks down who has the best chance to reach the elusive Final Four -- with three (fairly) clear frontrunners, including fourth-seeded Florida.

Why you should be excited about the Sweet 16 (1:13)

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Baylor boasts the best interior offense among teams still alive in the NCAA tournament, while South Carolina features the top interior defense. The Bears and Gamecocks will pit their productive trench warfare against each other on Friday.

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Florida's odds to win the NCAA tournament have increased by 10 percent, largely thanks to Villanova and Duke's early exits in the East Region. Oregon and Baylor's chances to win have each increased by 4 percent, and Gonzaga and Arizona, 3 percent.

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Entering the NCAA Tournament, ESPN.com/BPI projected that one team from among Villanova, Duke and Virginia had a 75 percent chance to represent the East Region in the Final Four. With those three all eliminated, the three biggest jumps in chance to reach Glendale are East Region teams.

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4dJohn Gasaway

Assessing Sweet 16 coaches: Scott Drew

Scott Drew has orchestrated a defense that excels at forcing misses. But excessive turnovers have put a damper on Baylor's otherwise explosive offense.

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Why Baylor will (or won't) keep playing

The Bears' rangy zone defense has been a nightmare for opponents, but they can't afford lengthy scoring droughts going forward.

ESPN Stats and Information  

With the top two seeds bowing out, everyone's East Regional bracket is pretty much busted. Just 5.1 percent of fans in ESPN's Tournament Challenged picked third-seeded Baylor to reach the Final Four, the highest percentage of any team remaining in the region.

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Baylor's Scott Drew is tied for the second-best record by any coach in the Round of 32. He is 4-0 in such contests, leading the Bears to all four of their Sweet 16 appearances.

Team Stats

Points Per Game73.5171st
Rebounds Per Game37.963rd
Assists Per Game15.7Tied-44th
Points Allowed63.520th

Tournament History

Final Fours2
Tournament Record11-12
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances10