Baylor’s third-round NCAA Tournament game against No. 3-seeded Creighton turned out to be nothing like what it was supposed to be. When a three-seed meets a six-seed in a postseason tournament game, it’s reasonable to expect a competitive contest.
We were expecting it to be a fight, to be honest,” said Baylor senior guard Brady Heslip.
Creighton scored the first bucket of the game to take a 2-0 lead, and that was the last lead the Blue Jays would see the rest of the game. The Big 12’s seventh-best team quickly returned the favor and went into overdrive, scoring early and often as part of a 27-9 run that left the stunned Blue Jays and their fans wondering what had hit them.
Baylor made five of seven three-point shots in the first seven minutes of the first half.
Baylor may have played its most complete game of the season and perhaps the most dominant performance in the NCAA Men’s Tournament thus far, hammering Creighton 85-55 in a West Regional game in San Antonio. The Bears shot better than 60 percent from the field as well as behind the three-point line.
Baylor made 11 of 18 three point shots, five of seven by Heslip and four of six by freshman point guard Kenny Chery. Heslip and 7-1 Isaiah Austin led the Bears’ scoring parade with 17 points each as all four starters scored in double figures,
Even more impressive than the Baylor offensive display, though, was the Bears’ stifling defense that held the Blue Jays to 55 total points and held the nation’s No. 1 scorer, senior Doug McDermott to just 15 points, 12 points below his average. The Baylor defensive pressure caused 19 Creighton turnovers.
We did a good job of making it tough on him,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said in his postgame press conference.
“I’m not sure it was Baylor being good or us being that bad,” said Creighton coach Greg McDermott afterward. “Over the course of the season you are going to have a few clunkers. We just had one at the wrong time.”
The Bears, now 26-11 and winners of 12 of their last 14 games, will be headed to Anaheim, Calif., for a Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday against No. 2-seeded Wisconsin.