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NCAA Bracket 2012 Reactions: Baylor Trying Not To Look Past Xavier

Baylor is still alive and well in the NCAA Tournament, unlike Big 12 neighbors Missouri, Kansas State and Texas, who all fell in the first weekend of action. After wins over South Dakota State and Colorado, Our Daily Bears can't help but think of the potential match-up with No. 1 overall seed Kentucky in the Elite Eight, but is trying not to discount an agressive Xavier team:

I don't want to get ahead of myself by looking to that game already. We have four, almost five, full days between us and a Sweet 16 showdown with Xavier, so we'll focus on them for now. I will say, though, that we saw last night a fully-armed and operational Baylor basketball team in the second half against Colorado, and we're going to need that team to show up again to make it any further than our program's second Elite Eight in the last 3 years. To get where you've never gone you have to do things you've never done. Beating Kentucky to make the Final Four meets that standard in every way imaginable.

Burnt Orange Nation has an extensive look at the up-and-down year that was for Longhorn basketball, and while there's a lot of head-scratching to be shared for Texas' wildly inconsistent play (both good and bad), BON won't open up a discussion regarding a change at the head coaching position:

I'm not going to get into the coaching in this post, in part because I want to go watch more basketball, and in part because while I'm interested in talking critically about what Barnes did wrong today, and where he needs to get better in general, I'm not interested in talking about firing him. Unfortunately, that's not possible with a lot of our fans. I'll deal with it separately some other time.

For more on the Baylor Bears, check out Our Daily Bears. For Texas news and info, head over to Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival. For all your March Madness news go to SB Nation's college basketball page.

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