The one team that is ineligible for the post-season, Baylor, may have a large impact on who’s playing in April. In a rare show of compassion, the NCAA allowed players from last year’s Baylor team to transfer to any D1 school and play immediately this year. The two best players from that team, point guard John Lucas and power forward Lawrence Roberts, are now playing for two of the hottest teams in the game, Oklahoma State and Mississippi State, respectively.
Lucas had 21 points and 5 assists in a win at Iowa State yesterday, the Cowboys 7th in a row. OSU (17-2) hosts Kansas on Big Monday to break the tie at the top of the Big 12.
Roberts, who has more than filled the shoes of the departed Mario Austin, had 24 points and 9 boards in MState’s blow-out of Ole Miss. The Bulldogs are getting a shocking lack of publicity considering they are 19-1 out of the 2nd best conference in America. Their only defeat occurred when they were victim to basketball’s version of the Hail Mary against Kentucky three weeks ago.