Well, you could take two paths in deciding what you think of 11th-ranked Baylor after its 77-67 victory over San Diego State in Waco on Tuesday afternoon.
You either view them as the team you saw in the first half — An incredibly talented bunch that will likely underachieve and be maddeningly inconsistent, much like Scott Drew's club did last season.
In the second half, though, a focused Baylor bunch turned a close game into a runaway in the closing minutes, gave regular flashes of that limitless potential and, well, looked like it actually deserved its ranking.
Chances are, Baylor will likely show glimpses of both versions at times this season. They just need the latter to overshadow the former.
Just what was the difference, though, in that second half?
Frankly, it was defense.
SDSU, though still legitimately a top-three team in the Mountain West, doesn't resemble Steve Fisher's loaded squad from a year ago, which won 31 games, won the program's first ever NCAA to...