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Baylor slowed by Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles?

Roscoes Chicken Waffles

Baylor’s basketball team chowed down on some Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in Long Beach upon arriving in Los Angeles Tuesday night for their Sweet 16 game against Wisconsin on Thursday, and they sure looked like they had eaten all that food before the game, too.

The Bears were smacked by the Badgers 69-52 and never stood a chance. They were held to just 16 points in the first half. Wisconsin big man Frank Kaminsky went for 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting against them, while blocking six shots.

But let’s get back to Roscoe’s.

Baylor senior guard Gary Franklin, who is from Inglewood in Calif., told coach Scott Drew that the team had to go to Roscoe’s, the iconic Chicken and Waffles house that has a few locations throughout Southern California, upon arriving in town. They didn’t get into LA until 11 p.m. according to My San Antonio, but that didn’t stop them from grabbing some grub. They ended up staying at the restaurant until early Wednesday morning and had their first practice at the Honda Center in Anaheim later in the day.

It sounds like they didn’t exactly have the best travel routine prior to Thursday night’s game. And maybe some more of their guys had food coma during the game.

“I was in a food coma, so I was able to sleep better,” Franklin told My San Antonio Wednesday.

Franklin went 2-for-8 for 4 points in 18 minutes off the bench. His teammates didn’t do much better; they shot 31.6 percent from the floor.

NCAA rules against Baylor wearing new ‘Sic ‘Em Bears’ uniform

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baylor-sic-em-uniformEarlier this month, Adidas unveiled their special “March Madness” uniforms to be worn by Notre Dame, Baylor, UCLA, Wisconsin, Michigan, Kansas, Louisville, Cincinnati, Indiana, and Tennessee.

Overall, reviews were mixed with the design for Baylor grabbing most of the attention. The “Sic ‘Em Bears” on the chest is a bold look, but Baylor has done bold in the past. This time, however, the NCAA has stepped in and ruled against their new threads, citing that only the team name or mascot can appear on the front.

The NCAA’s decision will be a welcomed one for those who weren’t fond of the look. On the other hand, many were looking forward to seeing Baylor’s new uniforms on Wednesday in the Big 12 Tournament. Washington Redskins quarterback, and former Baylor Bear, Robert Griffin III was part of the latter group.

Brittney Griner: Baylor discouraged me from being openly gay

Brittney GrinerBrittney Griner says she was discouraged by her coaches and the Baylor athletic department from being openly gay while in college the past five years.

Griner just completed her senior season in Waco and was selected No. 1 overall by the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. The former two-time first-team All-American center came out publicly last month, though she says she has been openly gay since high school.

Griner told ESPN The Magazine/espnW that she was discouraged from being open while at Baylor. She says she was told to keep it private because it could damage recruiting.

“It was a recruiting thing,” Griner told ESPN The Magazine and espnW. “The coaches thought that if it seemed like they condoned it, people wouldn’t let their kids come play for Baylor.”

Griner says she told Baylor coach Kim Mulkey up front when she was being recruited that she was gay. She says Mulkey told her that was not an issue. However, she was discouraged from being open about her sexuality.

“It was more of an unwritten law, but come to find out it was a written law. It was kind of one of those things like, ‘just don’t do it.’ They kind of try to make it like, ‘Why put your business out on the street like that?’” Griner told espnW’s Kate Fagan.

Griner says the issue first came up when she tweeted something.

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Charles Barkley thinks Baylor has some ugly uniforms

It seems as if nobody is a fan of Baylor’s neon yellow uniforms, except for maybe adidas, which is getting plenty of notoriety from them. The Baylor uniforms were unveiled earlier in March along with the creative tournament threads of Cincinnati and Louisville. Kansas coach Bill Self already shared his negative thoughts about the human highlighter sticks, and now Charles Barkley has.

“Those are some ugly uniforms,” Barkley said during a CBS/Turner Sports break in the Bears’ opening-round NCAA Tournament win over South Dakota State. “If you’re going to wear those ugly uniforms, you’ve got to play well.”

Baylor was able to silence Self by beating Kansas in the Big 12 tournament, but like Barkley says, they have to continue playing well to back them up. They’ll have to — their ugly colors aren’t doing anything to help them with recruits. But if there’s one consolation for Baylor in this criticism from Barkley, it’s that at least he didn’t call the players ugly.

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Bill Self doesn’t like Baylor’s neon green uniforms

When adidas unveiled updated Baylor basketball uniforms earlier this week that decided to go the fluorescent route, many people probably didn’t know what to think. Were they radioactive? Were they glow-in-the-dark? Were they made of Aggro Crag? No, they were just really bright neon green. Reaction was understandably mixed, and Kansas coach Bill Self found himself as one of the uniforms’ critics.

“I’ll be real honest with you, I’m not a fan,” Self said Thursday, the day before his Jayhawks met Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament. “That’s the new fad, teams out of the box with uniforms. Those are really bright. I think tomorrow they have to wear dark colors. It’s the benefit of being the higher seed … it won’t hurt our eyes tomorrow.”

Hey, schools have to do what they can to set themselves apart in order to attract interest from recruits. A lot of schools are doing that by dressing themselves in often outlandish uniforms, and they don’t care if they have to burn a hole in your retina to do it. It’s textbook Oregon Ducks.

Self was right, though: Baylor did wear dark, camo-print uniforms against Kansas in Friday’s semifinal. Didn’t matter. Baylor cruised to an 81-72 upset over the Jayhawks.

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Mother of Baylor star Perry Jones waves candy during games to encourage son

Sophmore forward Perry Jones III is Baylor’s second-leading scorer (13.1 ppg) and the team’s leading rebounder (7.5 rpg), but did you know that candy is his true motivation? Jones’ mother Teri spent most of the day at the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City Thursday waving candy from the stands to encourage her son while he played.

Teri, who has a serious heart condition, waved around Jolly Ranchers and Twizzlers, saying that Perry “loves” Jolly Ranchers. She gives him candy after his team wins. He must have had his pick of the store after going 31 and 11 in Baylor’s 82-74 win over Kansas State.

I know this seems cute, but it comes across as a ripoff of Marshawn Lynch, who received attention for his post-touchdown Skittles tradition. But you can’t say this woman wasn’t thrilled:

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Baylor, Louisville, Cincinnati to wear neon uniforms in tournaments (Pictures)

Neon uniforms? I must have missed the memo, but it sounds like some of the Big East and Big 12 Tournament games are scheduled to turn into a black light party at some point. How else would you explain these neon uniforms? According to the adidas website, the uniforms you see above will be worn by Baylor, Louisville, and Cincinnati during their respective conference tournaments. If you ask me, the Bearcats and Cardinals won’t be looking nearly as bad as the Bears.

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