Baylor Beats Northwestern, Off to 7-0 Start

by December 05, 2011

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

Quietly a couple of college basketball’s remaining unbeaten teams squared off Sunday afternoon in Evanston, Ill., when Baylor visited Northwestern. However, the game was far more one-sided than it looked on paper as the Bears dismantled the Wildcats, 69-41.

Everything came easy for Baylor on both ends of the floor in the victory. The Bears shot 60.4 percent from the floor and held Northwestern to just 24.1 percent shooting. They led by 18 points at halftime and saw that lead rise to 61-29 with just under six minutes to go.

The win was a balanced effort as no Bear scored more than 16 points. While standouts Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller combined for just 15 points, it was junior college transfer Pierre Jackson pacing the team with 16. Jackson, who has scored in double-figures off the bench in his last four games, made seven of his eight shots on Sunday.

Jackson’s addition is one of the reasons this Baylor team is living up to the hype.

From The Kansas City Star:

“We have a lot more depth this year we have a lot a guys than can do special things,” Acy said. “We take it personally in practice guarding each other. Last year, (defense) is what really hurt us.”

Baylor’s 7-0 start has been impressive. The Bears and Missouri are the only top-25 teams to win every game by at least 10 points. Those two teams could be the ones that unseat Kansas from the top of the Big 12 for the first time since 2004.