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Bears look ahead to UT road contest

Jan. 18, 2001

By MARK ALLAN PETERSON

Sports writer

Following a 13-1 start and the best record since the 1911-1912 season, the Baylor basketball team had high hopes for the season, including dreams of postseason play. Unfortunately for the Bears, Wednesday's loss was a setback.

The Bears were in place to overtake Oklahoma State University in the Big 12 standings with a win. Now, however, the Bears are faced with a .500 conference record and their toughest test so far with a road game against the No. 24-ranked University of Texas.

Guard DeMarcus Minor is not discouraged.

'We're going to come to practice tomorrow and play hard,' he said. 'We play Texas on Saturday and they beat this team, so there's no time for us to sit around and sulk.'

Despite the loss, Baylor head Coach Dave Bliss sees his team improving.

'I thought we got better during the game,' Bliss said. 'I feel badly about the basketball game, but Oklahoma State forced us to get a little better tonight.'

Now 2-2 in the Big 12, Minor says the Bears are not concerned about what those on the outside are saying.

'The only thing we care about is what the people inside our locker room think,' he said.