The Baylor Men’s basketball team will begin their postseason March on Thursday against Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Head Coach Scott Drew likes the Big 12 tournament because it serves as a good way to prepare for the NCAA tournament, especially with so many young players on this roster.
“The great thing about the Big 12 Tournament is, not only quality competition but it prepares you for the NCAA Tournament,” Drew said.
One player who needs no introduction to tournament play is senior Makai Mason, who torched Baylor in the NCAA tournament back in 2016 when he played for Yale. Mason said he will play in Baylor’s opening game against Iowa State and he looks forward to this time of year.
“Personally I love it,” he said. “This is what you dream of as a kid. Just being on this stage and being able to compete against the best teams out there so this is when it gets fun.”
Drew wants to see guys like Makai and King McClure on the floor because he knows they will be crucial once the big dance begins.
“You definitely, as a coach, want to get into the postseason on a high note, playing your guys that are going to be playing, and they’re experience and their feeling some confidence,” he said.
Baylor will looking to stop their three-game losing streak against a team in Iowa State that has lost three in a row and five of their last six. Drew knows that a three game losing streak in the Big 12 conference doesn’t always mean you’re playing that poorly.
“Usually it comes down to shots,” he said. “If you make a couple more shots then you’re playing really well and if you miss a couple, whats the matter? Iowa State is obviously a team that everyone knows is gifted and talented from the standpoint of they have so many players than can score 20 or more.”
Baylor and Iowa State tip off at 11:30am on Thursday morning.