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Hoops update: Men reach NIT Final Four, Women in NCAA Sweet 16

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Men’s basketball vs. AuburnAnd Baylor basketball keeps on rolling… The Lady Bears snuck past South Dakota State 60-58 Tuesday night to advance to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 for the fourth time in six years, while the Baylor men defeated Auburn 74-72 to reach the NIT Final Four for the first time in program history.

Head coach Kim Mulkey was back on the bench Tuesday night after missing the Lady Bears’ first-round win. Like that game, the second-round match-up was a close one; Tuesday, Kelli Griffin hit a floater with 0.5 seconds to go for the victory. The Lady Bears will now face Louisville Saturday at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN. [Bonus link: Don’t miss this moving story from ESPN.com about how the Lady Bears have helped junior Morghan Medlock through an unimaginable tragedy this season. Have Kleenex available.]

Head coach Scott Drew’s men, meanwhile, will head to Madison Square Garden in New York City for the first time since playing in the 1950 NCAA Final Four. The Bears will face San Diego State in the NIT semifinals Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. [Bonus link: You’ll want to enjoy this video of Curtis Jerrells’ slick behind-the-back pass to Kevin Rogers that was No. 6 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays Tuesday night (hat tip to FCP for the link).]

And those might not have even been the biggest wins of the week for Baylor. The No. 10-ranked men’s tennis team upset No. 4 Stanford Tuesday in Waco, 4-3, to retain hold of the HP Cup. (The series between Baylor and Stanford is sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, since the Cardinal and HP share a hometown while HP CEO Mark Hurd is a Baylor alumnus.) The Bears are now 9-0 all-time against Stanford, with all nine wins coming in the past 11 years. Stanford is one of the top handful of programs in U.S. collegiate men’s tennis; the 9-0 mark is akin to saying that Baylor men’s basketball had never lost to Duke, or the Lady Bears had never fallen to UConn. Tuesday’s match will be replayed several times over the next week on Fox College Sports.

Sic 'em, Baylor athletics!

New film highlights role of Baylor Law alum, prof in fighting small-town injustice

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American VioletAs a Baylor student from Houston, I often drove through the small town of Hearne (population 4,690) headed to and from home along Highway 6. About the only thing I knew about Hearne was that it had two convenient pit stops, a Sonic and a Dairy Queen (like most Texas small towns).

But like most small towns, Hearne also has its stories. One of those stories — which prominently features a Baylor Law School alumnus and his professor — has made its way to the big screen under the title “American Violet.” Short plot summary: A young black mother of four is arrested on false allegations that name her as a drug dealer; she refuses to plead guilty and instead fights the charges.

In the real-life version of the story, the ACLU lawyers who picked up the case asked Baylor Law professor Mark Osler for help handling a small-town Texas trial. Osler recommended a recent Baylor Law graduate, David Moore, to work the case. In the movie, Osler (fictionalized as “Joe Fischer”) plays a small role, but the part based on Moore (”Sam Conroy”) is a central character throughout the film.

Last week, "American Violet" was screened in Hearne and at Baylor’s Mayborn Museum. The audience in Waco included Osler, Moore, and the actor playing the part based on Moore, Will Patton. (You might recognize Patton from his role as an assistant coach in “Remember the Titans.”)

American Violet” was screened at the Telluride Film Festival last summer and the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin earlier this month; it will enjoy a limited release nationwide beginning in April. Click here for the movie trailer; for more on the film and the story behind it, read more on Osler’s blog or this piece from the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Sic 'em, alumni who make a difference!

Baylor violist heads from YouTube to Carnegie Hall

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Dawson WhiteJunior Dawson White, a music (viola) major at Baylor, will be performing at Carnegie Hall on April 15 as one of 90 young classical musicians from 70 countries selected for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra.

White submitted an audition video through YouTube (naturally). From 3,000 entries, 200 finalists were put up for a vote on a special YouTube channel (where else?). White was one of 13 violists to make the cut and thus will perform in New York next month. A video of the orchestra’s performance will be posted on (can you guess?) YouTube (of course!) the next day.

Sic 'em, Dawson!

March 26, 2009