When Baylor guard Gary Franklin first saw the NIT bracket, the California native got excited. He initially thought the Bears' matchup against Long Beach State meant a chance to go play only about a half-hour from home.
The 49ers (19-13), whose roster includes two of Franklin's teammates from a high school championship team, will instead be in Texas on Wednesday night for a first-round game.
''The only disappointing thing for Gary is he wanted the game back home,'' Bears coach Scott Drew said with a smile, adding that they were able to get an early scouting report from him.
Baylor (18-14) is back in the NIT four years after making it to Madison Square Garden, then losing to Penn State in the championship game.
The Bears, who since their NIT runner-up finish in 2009 have made it to two NCAA regional finals, had bigger aspirations this season than a No. 2 seed in the NIT.
''You want to be in the Big Dance. At the same time, it's something you can't control as of right now,'' said ...