Baylor Guard: "It's March. Anything Can Happen"

Baylor beat Syracuse in its opening-round game Thursday

March 22, 2019 - 12:40 pm

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No. 9 Baylor beat No. 8 Syracuse, 78-69, on Thursday, and the Bears’ three-point shooting was a big reason why. Baylor shot 16-of-34 (47.1 percent) from deep.

“We knew we had to make big shots, especially against the zone,” Baylor guard Jared Butler said on Ferrall on the Bench. “We practiced all week against the zone, so I’m glad we executed. It was big for us.”

Makai Mason scored a team-high 22 points for Baylor, while Butler added 14. They both made four three-pointers and finished with four assists.

“It’s a great feeling,” Butler said of winning in the NCAA Tournament. “It’s definitely different. There’s a lot more weight on every shot and every pass you make. But once you get comfortable and think like it’s another game, it comes better. It was a great atmosphere.”

Baylor (20-13) will face No. 1 Gonzaga (31-3) in the Round of 32 on Saturday. 

“They’re a great team,” Butler said. “They’re ranked No. 1 for a season. But we’re going to scout, get their tendencies and learn their habits. We’re excited going into this game. It’s March. Anything can happen.”