Manu Lecomte has been one of the best newcomers in the Big 12 this season, but the point guard for No. 2 Baylor struggled on Wednesday night for the Bears.
Until the final possession of the game, when Lecomte hit this floater to beat Iowa State in Waco:
The Bears did not look like the No. 2 team in the country against Iowa State. The Cyclones were able to run offense, hitting 10 threes and turning the ball over just five times on the night.
One of the concerns with this Baylor team heading into league play was that their zone, which is different than what a lot of teams run, can be exploited by teams in the league that are used to seeing it. And Iowa State seemed like they were able to do just that. Think about it like this: Iowa State had a chance to hand Baylor their first loss of the season in Waco on a night where Monte Morris, Deonte Burton and Matt Thomas shot a combined 11-for-39 from the floor.
But it’s also important to note that Baylor did, in fact, win.
And they did it by using a 12-4 run in the final five minutes, by shutting down the Cyclones when they needed to.
If the Bears are really going to give Kansas a run for the Big 12 title, those are the things that they are going to have to do.