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NCAA Bracket 2012 Reactions: Baylor Heads To The Sweet Sixteen

It's been quite a year for the Baylor athletic program. First, Robert Griffin III wins the Heisman trophy, and then leads Baylor to a thrilling Alamo Bowl victory over Washington. Now, the Bears are headed to the Sweet 16 after defeating the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday night in the Round of 32.

Needless to say, Baylor's fans are excited. Tim Watkins over at Our Daily Bears posted some of his thoughts about Baylor's win over the Buffaloes.

Throughout the first half though, I really liked how Baylor was playing. We were missing good shots and open shots for the most part, and we were attacking the glass and getting put backs, some of which we would miss as well. The shots were they, they just had to start falling.

When the Bears fell behind 54-51 with 11:12 left in the game, a change on the other end of the court helped the Bears on both sides. Drew went to his much-maligned zone defense, and the route was one. Baylor would go on to outscore the Buffaloes 29-9 to finish the game. Everything started to fall for the Bears. It was beautiful.

Meanwhile, Brady Heslip's effort in Baylor's win earned him a spot on SB Nation's All-Day Two Team.

Brady Heslip, Baylor

Scored 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting from three, but fell just short of both the NCAA Tournament record for threes in a game - Jeff Fryer sunk 11 for Loyola Marymount against Michigan in 1990 - and Baylor's own school record of 10 threes in a game, set by LaceDarius Dunn.

Baylor now awaits the winner of the Cinderella game -- Xavier vs. Lehigh. Be sure to check out the entire bracket, as Baylor fans can begin to look down the road a little bit to see who they may face in the Elite Eight or Final Four.

For more on Baylor, head over to Our Daily Bears and join the discussion.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.