Scott Drew and his fellow coaches shouldn’t be automatically trusted, but on Thursday afternoon at the Big 12 Tournament, Drew’s words carried the ring of truth in relationship to the Baylor Bears.
Sometimes, coaches can reflexively rationalize losses in ways which ignore reality or underestimate the severity of a situation. Sometimes, coaches say something in public to shield or comfort their players in the face of a harsher truth which is best confronted behind closed doors. Sometimes, however, coaches can simply tell it like it is. A gentle or positive view of a situation can also be the accurate one.
This felt like the case after Baylor was popped, 83-66, by the Iowa State Cyclones in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
Losing early in a league tournament is costly in terms of seeding, but failing to rise to a higher seed line isn’t the only consideration for coaches at this time of year. Rest and the ability to regroup can also matter.
Drew gave voice to these notions after being bounced on Thursday afternoon.
“The great thing about it is this will get us ready for next week,” Drew said. “The escort, the time and just all of the tournament should prepare us for the NCAA Tournament.”
Realize that Baylor has been swimming against the current for much of this season. Multiple injuries and their accompanying dislocations have forced the Bears to continually reinvent themselves. This has required an enormous amount of effort from every core rotational player. The Bears did not match Iowa State’s energy in Kansas City, a place Cyclone fans annually dominate at the Big 12 Tournament for opponents other than Kansas.
Baylor’s players can now recharge, decompress, and enter the round of 64 next week with a fresh fuel tank.
Drew isn’t blowing smoke or putting lipstick on a pig; in this case, he is simply correct.
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