Friday, March 26, 2010
Halftime: Baylor 46, Saint Mary's 17
By Dana O'Neil
HOUSTON -- Some quick thoughts from a halftime beatdown that resembles a CYO versus NBA All-Star game.
Yes, that's the correct score. No, it is not a typo. Yes, it is that bad.
The word mismatch does not adequately describe what's happening here. Baylor is stronger, tougher and more athletic at every single position. Saint Mary's has no one who can penetrate the Baylor zone, no one who can contain LaceDarius Dunn or Tweety Carter, no one who can match up with Ekpe Udoh.
The Gaels, who said they played against zones all year, look like they've never seen one before in their lives. They are 2-of-12 from behind the arc, have no idea how to get the ball inside and have spent more time standing around than moving.
Omar Samhan has gone from potential NBA player to a guy in need of a stand-up routine. The big man has two points and cannot get his shot off against the Baylor bigs. He's 1-of-8 from the floor.
Meantime anyone who thought the Baylor to the Final Four pick was just trendy, please consult the score. Dunn and Carter have 27 points combined and have done things with the basketball that the St. Mary's players couldn't do with a ladder. Mix in a 25-15 rebounding edge against a team that has just as much size, six 3-pointers and just two turnovers and what's not to like?