Senior Day for Baylor Men’s Basketball

Baylor MBB senior day
Photo credit: Baylor Athletics

The No. 3 Baylor Men’s Basketball team (21-1, 13-1) couldn’t have wished for a better way to end their regular season than today’s 88-73 home victory against No. 18 Texas Tech. On Senior Day where the team honored F Mark Vital, Gs MaCio Teague and Mark Paterson, and former F Tristan Clark who medically retired from basketball last November, four of the Bears scored in double digits and fifth-year senior Vital notched his first double double of the season! The Bears’ Senior Day win gave them their first perfect season at home (11-0) since 1947 or before the team moved in to the Ferrell Center! The victory was on the backs of junior G Jared Butler who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists; junior G Davion Mitchell with 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists; and Vital with 10 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists; but no one had quite a Senior Day like Teague with his record breaking performance. Baylor’s shooting stats were outrageous as they made 52.7% (29-55) of field goals, 62.5% (15-24) of 3’s, and 68.2% (15-22) of free throws and most of the 3’s were attributed to Teague’s monster game. In his 36 minutes of play, Teague tied a school record as he hit 10 3 pointers (of his 12 attempts!!), which is, what Baylor Athletics’ Jerry Hill (papa) describes as “the second-most in the 25-year history of the Big 12” and recorded a career-high 35 points—well over one third of the team’s total points for the day! If you remember, Teague was questionable to return this season as he was eligible to declare for the NBA Draft last year, but his unselfishness led him back to Baylor for a final season at the Ferrell. Because he stayed, Teague’s record-tying day brings him over the 40% shooting mark for 3’s along with five of his teammates, making Baylor the No. 1 three-point shooting team in the nation. Today the Bears looked as close to their team before the COVID pause than they have thus far and the momentum is highly in the favor going into the Big 12 tournament on Thursday!