Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/21/14
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 ca...
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