If Baylor fans weren't panicking yet, now would be a good time

At halftime of Baylor's brutal 85-65 loss to undefeated Kansas on Monday, Bears coach Scott Drew offered his explanation to an ESPN sideline reporter of why his team trailed by 21 points.

"I think the nation upset Kansas by telling them they're the worst 17-0 team in the country," Drew said. "And now they're taking it out on us."

The brilliance of the Morris twins, Kansas' scintillating ball movement on offense and the Jayhawks' smothering defense on Baylor star LaceDarius Dunn were certainly all reasons why the score was as lopsided as it was. Another reason was that the Bears were just plain terrible.

Considering that Baylor pointed to this nationally televised showdown as a chance to prove itself from the moment the Big 12 schedule came out, it's embarrassing that the Bears were never even competitive at home. They were stagnant and turnover-prone on offense, they continue to get no production out of the point guard position and their two-three zone rotated too slow and lacks Ekpe Udoh's imposing presence in the middle.

Of course, should it really have been a big surprise that Baylor faltered considering the Bears haven't beaten a single team with a pulse yet this season?

A Baylor team expected to contend for the Big 12 title this season had already lost to Gonzaga, Washington State, Florida State and Iowa State prior to Monday night's Kansas debacle. The Bears' best win? Struggling Arizona State. The Bears' RPI as of Monday night? 101.

There's still time for Baylor to salvage its season, but the Bears need to start beating some marquee teams to even contend for an NCAA tournament berth.

The next three games on the schedule are home against Oklahoma State, at Kansas State and home against Colorado. If Baylor doesn't win at least two of those, the Bears may wind up challenging Kansas State and Texas Tech for the title of the Big 12's most disappointing team.