The state of Texas sent zero teams to the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time since 1977. Idaho, Montana and South Dakota all had teams in the tourney.
Baylor was supposed to change that this season.
When conference play started, the Bears owned a top 10 ranking, Big 12 title hopes and a clear status as the best team in Texas. Its only loss at that point had come to undefeated Syracuse on a neutral court.
Just three weeks later, the talented Bears, who boast a pair of NBA Draft picks in Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin, own a five-game losing streak, are out of the polls and at 1-5, are ahead of just one team in the Big 12 standings: TCU, who is 0-7.
Saturday's loss to Texas sealed Baylor's fall and officially handed the baton to the Longhorns as the state's best team and best hope to crash the tournament. If Baylor doesn't fix its early ailments, it may get an unwanted opportunity to defend its NIT title from a season ago.
"Our conference deserves a lot of that, as far a...