Now’s when Baylor could use a critic-silencing victory

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OK, Baylor. What’cha got?

The Bears started 17-0. They were 21-2 on Feb. 4. And now they’ve dropped three of their last four. That makes Monday night’s game at Texas a potential turning point.

A Baylor win would be viewed as expected and be a chance to pick up yet another solid victory away from home (the Bears have won at Northwestern, BYU, K-State and A&M and neutral sites vs. West Virginia, St. Mary’s and Miss State, hardly the stuff of an average team).

A loss would just provide more fodder for detractors to write off the Bears as a team that won’t even make the NCAA tournament’s second weekend.

Not that losing to Texas is bad.

The Longhorns (17-10, 7-7) are one of those “they’re this close to being a good team,” with narrow losses to pretty much every team in the top half of the Big 12, including Baylor last month.

If Baylor limits its turnovers (18 during Saturday’s loss to K-State) and forces Texas guard J’Covan Brown into trying to do too much, they may just pull off the win.

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