Texas guard Eric Davis Jr. (10) drives to the basket between Baylor guard King McClure (22) and forward Rico Gathers (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Austin, Texas. Baylor won 78-64. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Who would win the all-time matchup? Texas men versus Baylor

Posted January 17th, 2017

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Texas’ all-time team  is rolling through this Big 12 slate.  West Virginia proved a tough test, but via a fan vote, the Texas team prevailed.

Now comes Baylor.

Baylor’s basketball history is filled with the lowest of valleys but also has a nice rebuild story. The program’s major scandal in the early 2000s nearly ended Baylor basketball forever, but Scott Drew’s rebuilding (I mean, can we even call it a rebuilding job when Baylor’s basketball history was pretty bleak before the scandal?) job is one of the best in college basketball history. It was capped last week when Baylor reached the No. 1 spot in the AP poll for the first time in school history during a season that was supposed to be a transition year after losing lots of talent.

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But how does Baylor’s all-time team stack up against Texas? Let’s take a look:

Texas

G T.J. Ford, 6-0 (2001-2003) — 12.9 pts, 8.0 ast, 3.8 reb

G Travis Mays, 6-2 (1986-1990) — 18.4 pts, 4.8 reb, 2.3 ast

F Kevin Durant, 6-9 (2006-07) — 25.8 pts, 11.1 reb, 1.3 ast

F LaMarcus Aldridge, 6-11 (2004-2006) — 13.5 pts, 8.2 reb

C Chris Mihm, 7-0 (1997-2000) — 14.6 pts, 9.8 reb, 2.8 bl

Baylor

G David Wesley 6-0 (1989-1992)– 17 pts, 4.4 ast, 2 stl

G Vinnie Johnson 6-2 (1977-1979)– 24.1 pts, 5.3 reb, 51 % FG

G Terry Teagle 6-5 (1978-1982) — 19.9 pts, 7.3 reb,  

F Rico Gathers 6-8 (2012-2016) — 8.6 pts, 8 reb, (four years of hearing Brent Musburger talk about him playing football)

C Brian Skinner 6-9 (1994-1998) — 16.5 pts, 8.9 reb, 3.4 bl

5-second breakdown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kapzY4NC4Ws

Wow, sneaky good matchup? Texas should win this, but with Vinnie “Microwave” Johnson on the court and Wesley (a 14-year NBA vet and SWC Player of the Year winner), Baylor is going to be pesky. Teagle is second all-time in scoring at Baylor and can’t be overlooked. He played in the NBA for 10 years.  Mihm, Durant and Aldridge will have considerable size advantage on Baylor’s front court, but all Gathers does is get rebounds, averaging  11.6 and 9 his junior and senior year. Skinner blocked a lot of shots in his career and also carved out a long NBA career (1999-2012).

On the bench

3/22/1990 Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN--NCAA Midwest Regional in Dallas, TX.--Texas' trio of from L-R: Joey Wright, Travis Mays and Lance Blanks celebrate their win over Xavier.
3/22/1990 Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN–NCAA Midwest Regional in Dallas, TX.–Texas’ trio of from L-R: Joey Wright, Travis Mays and Lance Blanks celebrate their win over Xavier.

This game is for Rick Barnes. The all-time Texas coach gets to coach against someone who, if reports are correct, he didn’t much care for: Scott Drew. Yes, Scott Drew is the greatest coach in Baylor men’s basketball history. We’re not debating this. Though he has his flaws (look at the tournament record), what he has done in Waco is impressive.

The bench

We’re finally completing the BMW. Travis Mays, Lance Blanks and newcomer to the all-time team Joey Wright combined for one of the best Texas trios in basketball history. Plus the nickname is pretty awesome. Wright was a first-team all-SWC player and helped Texas to an elite appearance in 1990. The Texas bench now includes:  D.J. Augustin, Avery Bradley, Damion James, Blanks and Wright. With only  three first round Big 12 games left, we have three roster spots left on the all-time roster.

Baylor’s bench includes all-time leading scorer LaceDarius Dunn, 2016 NBA first round pick Taurean Prince, 1980s guard Michael Williams, late 2000s point guard Tweety Carter (one of Drew’s most important players) and forward Cory Jefferson. Lots of scoring comes off the bench.

Who wins?

 

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